SRI2020 will be hosted in Brisbane, Australia, a country in which sustainability efforts are well-aligned with the global North yet located and nested in the South. SRI2020 in Brisbane will allow the unprecedented capability being developed across Global North to be harnessed to Global South region’s needs.
Australia is one of the largest countries in the world by area, and is an ancient landscape with low, intermittent rainfall. Since being colonized by the British, settlement has boomed on the coasts of the country – particularly in the East. This has created opportunities and prosperity for Australians and those in the Oceanic region, while also representing serious degradation of biodiversity, high susceptibility to climate change impacts and uneven access to opportunity for people across the vast landmass of Australia.
The congress will showcase the challenge of sustainable development for Australia and the similar issues faced in countries around the world. It will address how we maintain an equitable and desirable lifestyle through creating new economic opportunities within the bounds set by these geopolitical, social, economic and biophysical parameters – as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Brisbane is the gateway to great Australian tourist icons – pristine surfing beaches, rainforests, day trips to the Great Barrier Reef – the best of Australia at your fingertips. The Congress will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), named World’s Best Convention Centre 2016-2018, by the International Association of Congress Centres. Located at the very centre of Brisbane’s Knowledge Corridor, BCEC is surrounded by universities, world leading research institutes and key hospitals.
The local hosts are Future Earth Australia and a consortium of Australian universities, the CSIRO and the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.
More logistical information will be available on this page closer to the event.