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The Poladian Project

A free festival of interdisciplinary research and surprising connections.

How can origami help to design a better space telescope? How could slime moulds reduce traffic congestion? How can cooking teach you physics?

Through short lectures and workshops, the Poladian Project aims to inspire new ideas, celebrate creativity, and generate wonder.

The Poladian Project is named in honour of Associate Professor Leon Poladian. Leon was a graduate and staff member of the University of Sydney, and Director of the National Maths Summer School.

Leon had many intellectual interests spanning (but not limited to) physics, maths, maths education, science fiction, language, film and theatre, human rights, biology and art. The connecting themes of his professional life were interdisciplinarity and education. He was a brilliant researcher and lecturer, who inspired some of the brightest minds of a generation. We hope that through the Poladian Project, we will be able to continue, and amplify, his legacy.

All events are free, accessible, and open to the public, so please come and join in the fun!



Tuesday 19 February 2019 from 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 10am to 7.30pm
Thursday 21 February 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm


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