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Raising the Bar Adelaide

Raising the Bar is a global initiative making education and innovation a part of our City’s popular culture.

About

Raising the Bar Adelaide has cemented its reputation as one of the state’s most thought-provoking and engaging local events – combining expert discussion in a casual pub setting.

Raising the Bar is a global event series which began in New York and aims to make education a part of popular culture in cities across the world, with Adelaide sitting alongside Hong Kong, London and Sydney.

Raising the Bar Adelaide was first held in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters in 2018.

Interested in speaking at Raising the Bar Adelaide 2023?

If you'd like to be a speaker at the next Raising the Bar event, register your interest below.

2023 Speaker Expression of Interest

Watch Sean Fewster and Daniel Panozzo speak about Raising the Bar:

2022 speakers

Speaker Name

Lecture Title 

Venue

Time

Sean Fewster and Daniel Panozzo

The Reality of Crime - The Impact, Influence and Empathy beyond "True Crime"

Alma Tavern

6.30pm

Derrick McManus

Functional Resilience, Aspirational Resilience and Durability – How I survived Being Shot 14 Times

Alma Tavern

8.30pm

Dr Lauren Jones

Exploring the Gut, Our Second Brain

Britannia Hotel

6.30pm

Nick Lee OAM

Bowel Cancer - and the steps you can take to prevent it

Britannia Hotel

8.30pm

Emirtus Professor Rick Sarre

What’s Law got to do with Religion (and vice-versa)?

Lambrook Wines

6.30pm

Paul Tucker

Murder in the Colony - Reported Murders in South Australia in the late 1800s.

Lambrook Wines

8.30pm

Kerrie Dougherty 

From South Australia to the Stars!

Little Bang Brewing

6.30pm

Dr Victoria Fielding

What is the Media's Role in Democracy and the Impact of Quality Journalism

Little Bang Brewing

8.30pm

Carmel Williams

The Wellbeing Economy: Is it the solution?

Maylands Hotel

8.30pm

Cristina Tridente

An Adelaide Icon's Fashion Journey

Norwood Hotel

6.30pm

Malissa Fedele

Get it Girl - Nutrition & Mindfulness

Norwood Hotel

8.30pm

Luke Morton

Learn How to be Smarter and More Energy Efficient

Reform Distilling

6.30pm

Elizabeth Williamson

Dealing with Difficult and Demanding People - It's counter-intuitive!

Reform Distilling

8.30pm

Dr. Lurve

Maximise Your Relationships

Republic

6.30pm

Troye Wallett

Protecting the Asset - You!

Republic

8.30pm

Evangeline Mantzioris

Superfoods and Supplements - Fad, Fact or Fiction? 

Robin Hood

6.30pm

Susan Knapp

What we in Australia Can Learn from Children Living in the Slums in Kenya. 

Robin Hood

8.30pm

Teresa Janowski

Empowering Youth to Explore the Possibilities of STEM Careers

The Maid

6.30pm

Dr Sarah Moulds

How we can Work Together to Secure Dignity and Empowerment for our Communities

The Maid

8.30pm

2021 speakers and live recordings

Watch the following talks on the Raising the Bar 2021 Playlist on YouTube

  • Jules Schiller: Changes in mainstream media - sex, lies, but no videotape
  • Sean Fewster & Daniel Panozzo: Education, entertainment and empathy - the Just Lawful project
  • Lainie Anderson: How South Australians won the right to die with dignity

Please note: the Council has age-restricted the videos to 18+ due to some of the subject content.

 2021 Speakers and venues summary:

Venue Speaker Topic Start Time
Alma Tavern Sean Fewster & Daniel Panozzo Education, entertainment and empathy - the Just Lawful project 6:30pm
Jules Schiller Changes in mainstream media - sex, lies, but no videotape 8:30pm
Bath Hotel Nick Muxlow Get Run Fit - improve your running, finish with a smile 6:30pm
Britannia Hotel Ally Nitschke Courageous conversations - why we keep avoiding those tough conversations 6:30pm
John Purl Achieve success through wellbeing 8:30pm
The Colonist Evangeline Mantzioris The Mediterranean diet - much more than a dietary pattern 6:30pm
Troye Wallett (cancelled) Your inner voice is a 3 year old child - an approach to changing the stories we tell ourselves 8:30pm
Cue Bar Trish Hansen & Alex Bruhn Here we are - where to next? 6:30pm
Tasha Stanton Seeing is believing: using perceptual trickery to treat pain 8:30pm
Little Bang Brewery David Cropley Please don't fire me - I have a brain! 6:30pm
Bruce Thomas Virtual reality: not science fiction but in our own backyard 8:30pm
The Maid David Pearson Ending homelessness is possible 6:30pm
Brad Chilcott A future where women are free from men's violence and abuse 8:30pm
Susan Knapp Getting our kids on purpose-power that is changing the world! 8:30pm
Maylands Hotel Lainie Anderson How South Australians won the right to die with dignity 6:30pm
Tammy Franks A touchy subject - South Australia and sex work laws 8:30pm
The Republic Scott Zarcinas Breaking through writers’ block 6:30pm
Nigel Rogasch Zapping brains to boost memory 8:30pm
Robin Hood Hotel Kim Le The dark side of gaming 6:30pm
Nicholas Procter Making trauma informed the new norm 8:30pm

2020 speakers and live recordings

Speakers Title
Luke Broomhall Murder, Violence and Psychopathy in South Australia: Live recording
Matt Heavyside & Jess Trengrove Movement is medicine - why wait til we're broken: Live recording
Frances Nelson To parole or not to parole: Live recording 
Matthew Iasiello Why a focus on mental wellbeing makes all the difference: Live recording
James Muecke Building resilience - a personal and global journey (live recording not available)
Hannah Wardill Chemotherapy with a side of poo thanks!: Live recording
Rick Sarre Your right to know: Live recording
Marianna Sigala Tourism and the next normal: can we ‘Build Back Better’?: Live recording 
Jason Lee Dj-ing through the decades: Live recording 
Evangeline Mantzioris When food plays mind games: Live recording

Image gallery: Raising the Bar 2021

Contact

Events Unit
T: 08 8366 4555
E: events@npsp.sa.gov.au