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Fresh Blood

17 September 2022
12.00pm – 1.00pm AEST
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When we think about dangers in our future, we often think far ahead. But there are plenty of problems that are just around the corner or that have always existed. Race relations, drug addiction, the destruction of our oceans, novel pandemic-inducing viruses; are all problems that need swift and radical solutions.  Speakers and topics include: 

  • Aaron Eger | Can playing God save our seas?  

  • Cheyenne Bardos | Facing our fear of race

  • Jack Hamilton | Ending POP* culture (*prescription of painkillers)  

  • Felicity-Tram Tu | Designing diseases 

  • Isabelle Volpe | Children and drugs: the protection racket 

This session is co-presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Festival of Dangerous Ideas.


Standard – $25

Multipack tickets are on sale now! Single tickets will be released closer to the Festival dates (and will be subject to availability). 

A multipack consists of 3 or more tickets to different FODI talks. After you have selected 3 or more tickets to different talks*, you may also add additional individual tickets to your order. Purchasing a multipack will provide a 15% discount across your entire cart (discount applied at check out).  

*Free sessions are not included in the 3 different sessions needed to create a multipack. No concession pricing is available for multipacks, and booking fees apply.  

For more information, head here

Fresh Blood is a collaboration between the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the UNSW Centre for Ideas, providing UNSW Sydney students a platform to share their new, innovative, and sometimes unconventional, ideas with Festival audiences. Providing a platform for youth voices to share their ideas and shape the direction of our society is critical as we tackle the challenges of the 21st century – challenges which these students will have to confront head on – and the inaugural Fresh Blood program creates space for their voices to be heard.  


This event will take place live at Carriageworks


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. This event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry, and check back here for updated information prior to the event.

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Face masks are recommended.


Wheelchair Accessible
Carriageworks has a wheelchair ramp and level access at all entrances. There is level access and accessible seating available in all venues along with multiple accessible toilets. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way, with entry via 229 Wilson Street. The closest train station with wheelchair access is Newtown Station.

Access Services
For all access services, please contact the Festival of Dangerous Ideas directly at


Carriageworks is easily accessible via public transport. It is an eight-minute walk from Redfern Station, a 10-minute walk from Macdonaldtown Station or 15-minute walk from Newtown Station along with numerous bus routes available. For trip planning, maps and ticket info, visit or call 131 500.

Limited on-site (with entry via 229 Wilson Street) and street parking is available. For additional transport information visit the Carriageworks website.


Festival of Dangerous Ideas 
For all event enquiries, please email or visit here.

UNSW Centre for Ideas
For all other enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Aaron Eger

Aaron Eger

Aaron Eger is a PhD candidate in the School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at UNSW Sydney. His work spans marine ecology, economics, science communication and kelp forest conservation. Aaron’s research has resulted in the first ever kelp restoration guidebook, global analysis of the value of kelp forests, and the first global review of kelp forest restoration across 300 years of practice. He is also the Founder and Program Director of the Kelp Forest Alliance, a global community of practice and a freely available global database on restoration projects where people can upload new information about their own projects.  

Cheyenne Bardos

Cheyenne Bardos

Cheyenne Bardos is a Dean’s List Commerce/Media student with the Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture and UNSW Business School. A Filipino immigrant who moved from Manila to Wagga Wagga in 2006, Cheyenne has always been curious about diversity, race, and privilege. Her academic research thus examines media, sociology, and technology through a cultural and diasporic lens. In 2019, she won the Lusthaus Prize as the top student in Creating Social Change, a course that utilises systems thinking in addressing wicked social problems. Cheyenne’s work spans across creative production, marketing, and social media. She has written published articles about women of colour in Sydney’s creative industry, the intersectional issues of dental inequality, and the future of diversity in fashion. She also volunteers with social enterprise Welcome Merchant and advocacy NFP Women of Colour Australia. 

Felicity-Tram Tu

Felicity-Tram Tu

Felicity-Tram Tu is completing a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts, in the Faculties of Science and Arts, Design & Architecture at UNSW Sydney. Her scientific research areas include biotechnology and immunology, with a somewhat morbid fascination in diseases, along with majoring in Japanese and French.  

Isabelle Volpe

Isabelle Volpe

Isabelle Volpe is a PhD candidate in the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. Her PhD research uses critical social science approaches to explore the intersection of young people, drugs, policy and participation. Isabelle's research has focused on treatment and policy for alcohol and other drugs. Her previous projects have included clinical trials, treatment guidelines, government-commissioned projects, and the design of health promotion interventions. Isabelle is also involved in advocacy efforts relating to drug checking and young people’s drug use. 

Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is completing a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons) – majoring in neuroscience – in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science at UNSW Sydney. He is investigating a new treatment for chronic pain that involves modulating the nervous system via electric currents. In 2021, Jack was awarded the Faculty of Science Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Following his Honours, Jack plans to study medicine alongside completing a PhD.