The Australia India Institute continues to build on the quantity, quality and diversity of its events program. These events include public lectures, seminars, roundtables, networking events and cultural exhibitions. Our audiences are diverse and include students, academics, researchers, diaspora and the general public.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all our events are being held online during this time.


About AII events

Our events range from discussions education, welfare, infrastructure and health to drop in chai sessions and cultural celebrations.

Some of the key set of events that we organise throughout the year can be found below :-


The Keywords for India series continues to bring thought leaders to Melbourne to discuss key issues in contemporary India.


The Institute launched its Question Marks Seminar series in 2018 with a mandate to stimulate discussion on global issues through an Indian lens. The Series brings together academics from across the Australia-India boundary, as well as industry representatives and officials.


The Drop in Chai event continues to be a popular fixture on the Institute’s event calendar. Held on the first Friday of every month during semester times, this informal networking session offers South Asia enthusiasts an opportunity to meet and discuss current developments in the Australia India relationship, as well as their own work in this space.


Once a year the Institute holds its annual India Week – a celebration of contemporary Indian culture, thought, politics and society. It aims to promote mutual understanding between Australia and India, increase engagement with Indian culture and strengthen people-to-people links between our two countries.

Read more about our India Week 2018India Week 2019 and India Week 2020.

Upcoming events

Copy of Copy of eventbrite 12The special relationship between Australia and India is built on historic people-to-people links, but how will the post-COVID environment change that?

In joint partnership with the the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria (AIIAV), the AII invites you to a panel discussion moderated by our Executive Manager Dr Karen Barker.

Copy of Copy of eventbrite 9The fourth instalment of the Melbourne India Researchers in Focus 2021 sessions features Dr Sukhmani Khorana.

Dr Khorana is a mid-career cultural studies scholar with expertise in migration, media and affect. The discussion will be on: ‘Indian-Australian political candidates as transnational actors: Reflecting the community or fighting othering’.

All academics and researchers are welcome to attend. Please email to secure your spot.

Copy of Copy of eventbrite 4In our second AII Fellows Series, we will hear from Australian National University’s Professor Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, as she asks the question ‘How can a just coal transition be achieved in India?’

India is committed to achieving a low-carbon economy, but the importance of coal in the country has nevertheless increased over the last few decades.

Copy of Copy of eventbrite 11Skill development is a major policy priority in India. This online workshop, jointly organised by the AII and the School of Geography, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, will bring together researchers from the social sciences to discuss recent research on the ‘social life of skills’, with a special focus on the Global South.

Those wishing to attend the event as observers can express their interest to