Lecture tickets available now!


We invite our IGS community to attend our inaugural lecture in The Ultimo Series.

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Attendees will hear firsthand from Professor Ian Hickie, a distinguished expert in the field of mental health and psychiatry, as he presents ‘Navigating Youth Mental Health in the Post-Covid World’. Professor Hickie will explore the impacts of Covid on young people’s mental health, some of the behaviours and cognitions that young people are experiencing, and how to approach and support young people as we move away from the pandemic. This topic holds great relevance for parents, caregivers, and educators alike.


Currently Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of Health and Policy, at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, Professor Hickie has led major public health and health services developments in Australia, particularly focusing on early intervention for young people with depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviours and complex mood disorders. He is active in the development through codesign, implementation and continuous evaluation of new health information and personal monitoring technologies to drive highly-personalized and measurement-based care.

Professor Hickie’s presentation is the first of a series of four academic lectures in which renowned thought leaders will facilitate discussions and engage in interactive Q&A sessions on critical topics during 2024. 

Light refreshments will be served followed by a Welcome from IGS Head Girl Tiggy Marchbank and Head Boy Karam Hartmann. After Professor Hickie’s lecture, IGS Deputy Principal Academic Thom Marchbank will conclude the evening with thanks and closing remarks.

Proceeds of all ticket sales will support the IGS Sharing Program including our Indigenous Scholarship Fund and Building Fund. 

About The Ultimo Series

Hosted by IGS Deputy Principal Academic Thom Marchbank in the School’s acclaimed Renaissance Centre The Ultimo Series will provide an opportunity to network and mingle in a collegiate environment while gaining insights into cutting-edge information on significant topics. 

In addition to Professor Hickie’s session on 20 March, The Ultimo Series will draw on the significant expertise at IGS’ doorstep to enlighten and inform IGS audiences with further sessions planned throughout the year.

5.45pm to 7.30pm, Thursday 6 June 2024
Professor Katrin Meissner, Head of the Climate Change Research Centre UNSW speaking on the state of the Climate

 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Thursday  29 August 2024
Professor Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor and Chief AI Scientist UNSW presenting on the future of Artificial Intelligence

 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Thursday 21 November 2024
Mary-Jo McVeigh, Social Worker of the Year 2023 USyd, and Director of Cara House, presenting on the ethics of care and lessons from the neurobiology of early life trauma and abuse.