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The latest newsletter is out with updates about the conference program and the Pecha Kucha Night at The J, Noosa.
Read all about it here.
Tomorrow, the Balance-Unbalance Conference 2013 program will be officially launched on the Sunshine Coast to a global audience by Councillor Russell Green.
At a time when the world is experiencing unprecedented ecological threats, Balance-Unbalance Conference 2013 is a global initiative designed to harness the talents of innovators working at the forefront of the arts, science and technology, together with community leaders, to explore how a trans-disciplinary approach can be applied to achieving a sustainable future.
Conference Executive Committee members, Dr Susan Davis and Leah Barclay, will also take this opportunity to provide an overview of the conference objectives, and program highlights.
Balance-Unbalance Conference 2013 will take place from 31 May to 2 June within the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve - at CQUniversity Noosa, with satellite events conducted at The J Theatre (Noosa), and Lake Cootharaba as part of Floating Land 2013.
"The international team behind Balance-Unbalance was inspired by the proposal to host the conference in the Noosa Biosphere and have supported us all the way,” says Leah.
This will be the first time the Balance-Unbalance Conference will be conducted in the Asia-Pacific region. On this occasion it will be bringing together a dynamic and diverse range of participants from 24 countries – including artists, scientists, activists, philosophers, sociologists, architects and engineers.
Leah says the organisers have been overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm for the conference, both in Australia and internationally, “It’s quite surreal to think that a chance conversation at the Balance-Unbalance Montreal conference has brought an international event to Noosa. We are delighted to be able to deliver a rich and diverse program with presenters from across the world."
Leah also believes there is a clear synergy between the Balance-Unbalance Conference concept and the Biosphere ethos. "Initiatives such as Balance-Unbalance are what Biosphere Reserves are truly about; passionate and diverse communities coming together to inspire positive global change for a sustainable future," adds Leah.
Balance-Unbalance Conference 2013 is co-hosted by Noosa Biosphere Limited and CQUniversity Noosa, and proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council and Tourism Noosa.
About Balance-Unbalance 2013 - Download PDF
Conference Program Overview (April 2013) - Download PDF
When: Thursday 4 April 2013, 10.30 am
What: Formal Event Launch and Global Preview, including photo and interview opportunities with
o Dr Susan Davis, Conference Executive Committee, and Chair, Noosa Biosphere Limited
o Cr Russell Green, Sunshine Coast Council
o Leah Barclay, Conference Co-Chair, and Noosa-based trans-disciplinary artist
o Dr Ricardo Dal Farra, Balance-Unbalance Founder and 2013 Conference Co-Chair (in Montreal, via Skype)
o Lindy Atkin, Conference Panellist, and Co-Director, Bark Design Architects
Where: Bark Design Studio
185 Sunrise Road
Tinbeerwah QLD 4563
Balance-Unbalance International Conference is pleased to announce an extension to our international call for the 2013 conference!
You are invited to submit papers, posters, transdisciplinary activities/panels, installations/performances and virtual presentations by the new deadline of DECEMBER 8, 2012. Please make your submissions via Easychair. If you should experience any issues with lodging your submission please contact the conference coordinator via thsi website.
Balance-Unbalance 2013 is hosted by the UNESCO recognised Noosa Biosphere, a dynamic learning laboratory for sustainability in one of the most pristine and diverse environments in Australia. The three-day conference will take place May 31 to June 2, 2013 at Central Queensland University, with satellite events at Lake Cootharaba as part of the 2013 Floating Land Festival.
Balance-Unbalance is a major International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.
The 2013 conference theme: “Future Nature, Future Culture[s]” aims to challenge our expectations of Earth, provoke our understanding of nature and inspire our actions for a sustainable future.
by Anne Lawrence
On the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, nestled amongst a picturesque blend of dense eucalypt woodland, lush rainforest and rugged foreshores that overlook the Pacific Ocean, lies one of the most ecologically significant regions in the country – yet most people think it is just a holiday town.
Long revered as one of Australia’s most iconic tourist destinations, Noosa also has a nobler, yet far less well-known, claim to fame.
In 2007 the region was designated Queensland’s first biosphere reserve and is now one of 564 such sites across 109 countries worldwide, including another 13 in Australia, recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as exemplars of responsible and sustainable development.
The Noosa biosphere reserve covers approximately 150,000 hectares of terrestrial, freshwater and tidal areas and includes four national parks, nine conservation reserves, four forest reserves and eight nature refuges. Home to more than 300 bird and 1300 plant species, many of which are protected by Commonwealth and State legislation, the biosphere reserve also hosts an abundance of frogs, reptiles, mammals and fresh and saltwater fish.
Yet Noosa also has a bustling economy and business sector, productive agricultural land, a thriving tourism industry and is supported by the infrastructure a modern region requires. It is a picture of what can be achieved by a community with a strong sustainability ethic and a genuine commitment to creating harmony between the natural world and human activity.
Noosa Biosphere Ltd is an organisation that was created in partnership between the local community and the Sunshine Coast Council to further the aims and objectives of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program, namely: Sustainable Development; Conservation; Communities; Education and Research.
The biosphere projects reach far and wide, including all the way to University of Georgia USA, where over 300 students pay to travel to the region to undertake real-life sustainability education.
With both education and research being two of the core foundations of a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve, it is no wonder that the Noosa Biosphere team of volunteers consider their region to be a ‘living laboratory’.
For more information about Noosa Biosphere Ltd go to www.noosabiosphere.org.au