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Dr Lila

Multi-Award-Winning Neuroscientist

Knowledge ultimately is the great equaliser; it sets you free through the opportunities it allows you to create.

Dr Lila Landowski is a multi-award-winning neuroscientist and lecturer that expertly arms people with an understanding of how their brain works, to help them make better choices in their lives.

She empowers you with cost-free strategies for maximising brain function, minimising negative brain changes and improving resilience. Let Lila be your catalyst to positive life change.

Knowledge ultimately is the great equaliser; it sets you free through the opportunities it allows you to create for yourself.

Current Work:

Lila is a Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research, a Director of Epilepsy Tasmania, and a regular guest expert science communicator for the ABC. Lila’s research background spans stroke, nanotechnology, fatigue, dementia, axon guidance and peripheral nerve regeneration.

As a thought leader in STEM and STEM advocacy, her honorary titles include being a Science and Technology Australia "Superstar of STEM," a Patron of National Science week, a Public Education ambassador for the Department of Education and one of the Chief Scientist of Australia's "Science Superheroes".

Lila has a strong personal focus on community health and wellbeing, making the wonderful world of science more accessible to the community through radio, TV, public talks and in print and digital media. You might have seen her in places like Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the Herald Sun newspaper, The Project, ABC Breakfast news, ABC’s The Drum, ABC Radio National, The Conversation, Radio National NZ or elsewhere on Channel 9. Her TEDx talk was the #5 most popular TEDx talk in the world in 2023.

Over the last 10 years, Lila has taught across the Bachelor of Medicine, Dementia Care, Medical Research, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Paramedicine and Science; as well as the Master of Medical Research and Dementia Care.

Lila has been awarded the university’s highest honour - two Vice Chancellors’ citations - for her early career academic teaching and community engagement. She’s received accolades including the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year, an Australian Institute of Policy and Science Young Tall Poppy award winner, was a Tasmanian finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and an ABC Top 5 Science scholar. She was recently named as one of Australia’s top 20 Scientists in the Herald Sun, and is the focus of a short documentary called “Catching Opportunity.”

Lila is Australia's answer to Prof Andrew Huberman.

Talking Points

A little stress conversation, a little more action please

Stress is more than just a “feeling” - it’s a hardwired, physical response. It is almost impossible to escape stress under the pressures of modern society. This can be problematic, especially at work and in our private lives, because long term stress turns us into more volatile and irrational versions of ourselves; altering our behaviour and emotions through its physical effects on brain size and structure, how brain cells connect, and how they function, right down to the level of our genes.

The good news is, we can help reverse (or protect ourselves) from the effects of long term stress, using a range of cost-free behavioural interventions. This is particularly important because we often can’t control the source of stress in our daily lives. Dr Landowski will explore the neuroscience of stress and take the audience through evidence-based approaches for stress reduction.

Brain hack: sharing the secrets to productive learning, backed by neuroscience

Our brains change as we age, making it significantly harder to learn - but it doesn’t mean an old dog can’t learn new tricks! There’s smarter ways to learn than whatever it is you’re doing right now. Dr Landowski will take you on a journey through the brain, examining some of the existing research on learning, and empower you with tools that help you learn faster and more effectively. This talk takes you on a journey through the brain, examining some of the existing research on learning, and empowers you with tools that help you learn faster and more effectively.

The neuroscience of sleep and dreams

When the sun goes down, our urge to sleep goes up. But why should we care? Well, for starters, inadequate sleep is the reason why doing shift work is considered a “probable carcinogen” according to the World Health Organisation. Yikes! Join Dr Landowski and learn about the neuroscience of sleep, and what goes wrong when we don’t get enough, and how to improve it. And on the topic of sleep - do you think that dreams are a mystical window into your future? Well, join us and find out what your dreams really mean.

The neuroscience of the two big challenges we face in leadership

In a world where change is the only constant, understanding the impact of our environment on our brain and behaviour is more critical than ever. Dr Landowski’s talk will explore the brain's remarkable plasticity, demonstrating how age does not necessarily hinder our ability to acquire new knowledge and skills. Through examining cutting-edge research, she will introduce effective, science-backed methods to enhance learning and adaptability in the workplace and at home. Dr. Landowski will also shed light on the physical and psychological ramifications of stress - from its origins as a survival mechanism, to how it can impair our decision making and turn us into angry, irrational versions of ourselves. By weaving together these interconnected topics, attendees will leave equipped with actionable neuroscience-based tools to thrive in the midst of transition, improve team dynamics, and safeguard their mental health against the challenges of life.

The neuroscience of bad decisions/decision making in uncertain times

Decision making is a process that takes in all the information around us, compares it with all the things we’ve learnt - the brain processes that information, and decides what option is the most rewarding to you, and brings you to a decision. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Yet for some reason, we often find ourselves making bad decisions - especially when it matters the most.

Dr Landowski takes you through the neuroscience of why we aren’t so great at making decisions in uncertain times - and what we can do about it. She examines how our ability to make decisions changes as we grow and develop, and what happens when factors like sleep deprivation and stress are thrown into the mix.
Our guests LOVED Lila's Keynote and I've had nothing but praise and positive feedback. Her presentation was jam-packed full of simple tips and key takeaways for our leaders. She was also a pleasure to work with and took the time to engage and chat with our guests. Lee Hecht Harrison
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