As part of the conference we will host a number of free events which will be open to the public.

Free Public Lecture by Professor Snow Barlow:

Food, Agriculture and Climate

19th October, 5pm
University of New England
Arts Lecture Theatre 1 (Room Number A1)
Building E11 – Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Free drinks will be provided after the lecture thanks to our Sponsors Sustainable Living Armidale

Professor Snow Barlow





Chair, Victorian Endowment for Science ,Knowledge and Innovation, Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at the University of Melbourne

Snow is a UNE Rural Science graduate who has worked in climate change research, research funding and policy for more than 30 years. As a Chief Scientist within the Commonwealth Department of Primary Industries he was a member of the Australian Delegation to the Kyoto CC negotiations. Recently he has chaired the Expert Advisory Panel directing the Department’s Carbon Farming Futures Climate Change RDE program , co-ordinated the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network of NCCARF the Departments and directed the development of a Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries. His current research investigates the Adaptation of the Australian Wine Industry to climate change .

Transformations Workshop

Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

We will be video linking with Griffith University for day two of this event. Free morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided.

Friday 23rd October
9am – 5pm
Belshaw Lecture Theatre 1
UNE Business School, Building W40


9.10 – 12.50 am Session three: Policy making and well-being in the era of sustainable growth

  • 9.10am ‘The economic origins of ultrasociality – some implications for adapting to climate change’ Professor John Gowdy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Comment: Professor John Foster, University of Queensland
  • 10.00am ‘The Transition Policy Dilemma: What Kind of Economic Growth Do We Want?’ Professor Ulrich Witt, Friedrich Schiller University Comment: Professor Robert Costanza, Australian National University
  • 10.50am Morning Tea
  • 11.20am ‘An Overarching Goal for the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ Professor Robert Costanza, Australian National University Comment: Dr Chris Fleming, Griffith University
  • 12.10 pm Lunch
  • 12.10 pm ‘Economics of utopia, progress and citizenship’ Professor Jason Potts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Comment: Dr Rob Hales, Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise
  • 1.00 pm Closing remarks Dr Andreas Chai, Griffith University


‘Global Warning’ Art Exhibition

Friday 23rd October, 7pm


Woodland Centre, Armidale Tree Group, 80 Mann St, Armidale

An art exhibition is the latest addition to the local and global events leading up to the international climate change talks in Paris later this year. The exhibition is titled ‘Global Warning’ and will feature mixed media artworks by Marty Branagan based on environmental themes, especially climate change. Dr Branagan has previously held three solo exhibitions at NERAM, and been a finalist in the Outback Art Prize, Country Energy Landscape Art Prize and the satirical Bald Archies (which toured Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and regional centres). He has been acquired by the Northern Territory Art Award, and has been involved in many of Armidale’s murals.

The exhibition may also feature a last-minute sculpture by renowned local sculptor and writer Tony Sevil.

The exhibition is at the Woodlands Centre (home of the Armidale Tree Group, 80 Mann St, Armidale). The opening is on Friday 23 October at 7pm, and will feature live music from Dan Davies and Josh Biddle (from The Fat Ladies). All are welcome.


The exhibition is in partnership with EcoArts Australis and the Armidale Tree Group, and is associated with Sustainable Living Armidale’s ‘Armidale Road To Paris’ campaign. It is also an event of the Australia-New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics 2015 Conference, Thriving Through Transformation – Local to Global Sustainability.

For further information, please contact Marty Branagan on 67714948 or

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