So, you want to change the world? Harnessing passion, power and politics for a better future.

Dr. Rachel Morgain, Dr. Rebecca Colvin, Ian Chambers moderated by Dr. Bobbi Cerini

Sunday 26 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Great Hall
University House, ANU

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. But for the goals to be reached by 2030, everyone needs to do their part: governments, business, civil society and ordinary people from every walk of life. In this lively session our panel of passionate authors and real-world researchers will reveal different approaches to supporting sustainability – and solving some of the world’s most wicked problems, one step at a time.

Dr. Rachel Morgain is a knowledge broker and anthropologist with extensive experience working at the interface of research and public policy. Currently working across the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub, she has previously conducted policy-related research for the Australian Government. Her research interests relate to environmental anthropology, research impact, the social dimensions of science and technology, and human relationships with the natural world.

Dr. Rebecca Colvin is the knowledge exchange specialist for the Climate Change Institute at ANU, where she facilitates the strengthening of links between climate change researchers and the end users of research. With an interest in how people connect to each other to bridge disciplinary divides, her previous research at the University of Queensland and CSIRO has explored ways of understanding social conflict about the environment.

Ian Chambers is a business strategist and co-author of the book, ‘Plan for the Planet – A business plan for a sustainable world’. In developing business, economic and social strategies to advance global sustainability, he is also the managing director of The OnePlanet Partnership, and founder of the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet program – a collaborative initiative that activates young people’s interests and skills in planning for a sustainable future.

Dr. Bobby Cerini is a science communication specialist with a keen interest in how we inspire and engage future generations around science and technology. In her role as Deputy Director at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, she works with creative and multidisciplinary teams to develop exciting visitor experiences, national programs and innovative science content. She has previously contributed to many successful STEM initiatives within Australia and abroad, with a strong focus on increasing collaboration and participation.