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Leadership Forum | A burning world: a catalyst for generational change or apocalypse?

Event Date and Time

Date(s) - 25/02/2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Details

A burning world: A catalyst for generational change or apocalypse?


Date: 25th February 2020
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: National Convention Centre, Canberra
Members: $95 (includes High Tea in Canberra)
Non-Members: $195 (includes High Tea in Canberra)

Join sector leaders and practitioners for Engagement Australia’s signature Leadership Forum A burning world: a catalyst for generational change or apocalypse?

This summer Australia has shown the world just how bad the notion of a burning world can be, and it seems timely to start a debate about what engaged universities should really be doing in order to address these urgent realities.  The Opinion Piece A burning world: will we choose transformation and sustainability or apocalypse? is a ‘think-piece’ designed to stimulate discussion and debate about these burning issues.

This year’s Engagement Australia (EA) Leadership Forum will lead the debate about How can we advance our university engagement agenda in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the impending world ecological disaster?  We must acknowledge the sustainable goals for the ‘wicked issues.’ Poverty reduction, hunger amelioration, equal health chances, decent work, responsible consumption, climate change action, sustainable cities and social justice are all listed as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations. This is a world issue of which we are a part, right here and now and right in your home town. This is a ‘heimat’ issue for each community and neighbourhood in your town, throughout Australia and across the globe. No-one can afford to ignore the challenge because it is quite simply coming your way.

Join us to hear from an international panel of experts about how engaged universities can provide a powerful voice to government(s), industry and the communities they serve; about how they can apply SDGs within their strategic and operational plans through deep and collaborative partnerships; and about how they can seize back the debate in the current climate by recovering the learning spirit and critical thinking many associate with our universities.

You will hear from some of Australia’s science policy experts, bush fire and natural hazard leaders as well as key members of our First Peoples who will all share their perspectives on the current crisis.  International speakers will include:

  • Duncan Ross, Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education who will join us from the UK via video conference (in an effort to keep airmiles down) to speak about the UN SDGs which will be a major focus for this year.  Duncan oversees the team that generates university rankings at THE and last year launched their University Impact Ranking based on the UN’s SDGs, and
  • Dr Billy O’Steen, Associate Professor of Community Engagement and Director, UC Community Engagement Hub, University of Canterbury New Zealand who will share expertise on the institution’s world-leading response to ‘Rebuilding Christchurch’ through innovative curricula that engaged their student community, following devastating events such as the recent mosque massacre and the Christchurch earthquake in 2011.  

The Leadership Forum will also launch the new Engagement Australia Awards, formerly known as the BHERT Awards, and provide attendees with the latest edition of Transform: the Journal of Engaged Scholarship.

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