• August 24 - 25, 2023
  • Brisbane Powerhouse

    119 Lamington Street
    New Farm, Queensland 4005
Ticket Price (AUD) Free This event is now over

Welcome to PANOPTICA Academy. An exclusive opportunity for students and staff of educational institutions. 

The conversation is heating up this winter. PANOPTICA is Brisbane Powerhouse's newest talk series provoking forbidden conversations and celebrating the taboo. As a major partner of Brisbane Powerhouse, QUT will present PANOPTICA Academy featuring two in-conversations with PANOPTICA keynote speakers Robert Waldinger and Hayley Campbell.

Learn about your PANOPTICA Academy speakers: 

ROBERT WALDINGER | The Good Life and How To Live It
THU 24 AUG - 10:30 am

What makes a good life?

ROBERT WALDINGER is a clinical psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Zen priest and director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the world’s longest study of human health, happiness and flourishing. His TED Talk, “What Makes a Good Life,” has been viewed more than 42 million times.  Join us as he shares his findings of a lifetime of research, combining scientific precision, traditional wisdom and real-life stories.

Robert is joined by Professor Uwe Dulleck. Uwe is a Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Finance at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His work has been published in leading economics journals (including American Economic Review and Journal of Economic Literature) and received coverage from The Economist, as well as other national and international media outlets. He has been commissioned to deliver research reports for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Federal and State Governments, IP Australia, Australian Taxation Office and Sunsuper. 

HAYLEY CAMPBELL | All the Living and the Dead 
FRI 25 AUG - 10:30 am

Why is death so taboo?

HAYLEY CAMPBELL, fuelled by a childhood fascination with death, sought out the answers in the people who make a living by working with the dead. Her personal investigation into the death trade led her to grave diggers, embalmers, mass fatality investigators, and a former executioner responsible for ending 62 lives. She asks, is death is something to be feared? and why are we so afraid when we are never given the chance to look? 

Hayley is joined by Dr Claudia Virdun. Claudia is currently a Senior Research Fellow for the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology. She is an experienced specialist palliative care nurse interested in enabling optimal care for people with advanced serious illness. Claudia’s passion for excellence in palliative care has seen her focus on clinical care delivery, research and improvement work to inform service change. Claudia’s deep professional experience coupled with emerging research capabilities enables a holistic and practical “end to end” approach to research that is well informed by current issues from clinical and health workforce perspectives, is innovative, relevant and able to “cut through” to drive successful improvements in care delivery.


Date & Time

Aug 24 - 25, 2023

Venue Details

Brisbane Powerhouse

119 Lamington Street
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River.


As Brisbane City Council’s premier arts venue, the much-loved building stages more than 1250 performances a year including a program of festivals, as well as hundreds of events and functions from weddings to conferences, all the while housing heritage-listed graffiti, riverside bars and restaurants, visual arts exhibitions and of course the stories of all who have ventured, laughed and shared memories within its living walls.