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Athena Aktipis: A Field Guide to the Apocalypse

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  • Roundhouse, UNSW Kensington
    (E6) International Rd, Kensington NSW 2052, Australia

Spend a few minutes scrolling through your social media newsfeed and you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re in the midst of an absolute apocalypse. There’s a cost of living crisis, a housing crisis and of course, the looming climate crisis.

So how do we go about thriving in the face of impending doom?  

Evolutionary biologist Athena Aktipis has the answers. From overcoming fear to making smart decisions based on history and human psychology, Aktipis offers a fresh perspective on navigating our multi-apocalyptic reality. In conversation with UNSW’s Rob Brooks, Athena will delve into the wisdom of small-scale societies. Explore the invaluable lessons on managing disaster risks through cooperation, community, and yes, even playfulness.

In one evening, discover how being prepared can not only help us weather the storm but also enrich our lives in unexpected ways.  


This National Science Week event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and UNSW Science.

Location Information

The Roundhouse is easily accessible via public transport and the closest light rail stop is UNSW Anzac Parade (L3 line). For more information please call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit Free parking is also available from 5.30pm in the Western Campus Car Park. For access to free parking, event patrons must park in the UNSW Permit Holder bays. The Western Campus Car Park is located here, on Anzac Parade next to NIDA. This car park can be accessed via Western Campus Drive through Day Avenue. Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’ in all other UNSW car parks. For more information head here.