Conference Side Events 

Master class: Systems Thinking for Impact on Sustainable Development

Thursday 15 June 9:00am-5:00pm Abercrombie Building, University of Sydney Business School

The purpose of this masterclass is to provide development practitioners with an understanding of Systems Thinking as an approach to help us engage with complexities of sustainable development. By taking a holistic perspective, new opportunities emerge which can help to address underlying causes of social, environmental and economic injustice.

To ensure this workshop is as productive as possible, numbers are strictly limited to 30 participants. Get in quick to secure your tickets via the event registration page here.


Communications for Development

Tuesday 13 June, 5:00-8:30pm
Abercrombie Building, University of Sydney Business School

Communication for Development refers to the use of communication to facilitate social development. Techniques include information dissemination and education, behaviour change, social marketing, social mobilisation, media advocacy, communication for social change and community participation, primarily in countries of the Global South.

The aim of this event is to provide a platform for international development actors involved or interested in communication for development (C4D) work to share experiences, lessons learned and recommendations that can contribute to improved practice. It brings together academics, researchers and practitioners from across Australian universities, think tanks and NGOs to offer a space that encourages and facilitates collaboration between practitioners and researchers on C4D-related research projects that strengthen the value of the practice. The specific focus of this roundtable is to review and discuss the different uses of media in ‘communicating for development’. This specific area of C4D is also known as Media for Development. Both practitioners and researchers will share their experiences in either using or studying particular media channels or media productions designed to address development issues in different parts of the world.

For more details, click here.

For more information and to RSVP for this event, please contact before 14 May.


Sydney Ideas - University of Sydney research and teaching into the SDGs

Wednesday 7 June, 6 – 7.30pm
Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Ave, The University of Sydney

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated 169 targets were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and constitute a shared global framework of development priorities to 2030. They aim to end extreme poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity and equality for all.

Universities will have a vital role to play in addressing these critical global challenges and achieving the SDGs. In this panel we demonstrate concrete ways in which the SDG framework and the 2030 Agenda informs work currently being undertaken at the University of Sydney, and bring together a senior academic with a younger research student to explore one of the SDGs that is of particular relevance to an ongoing research project.

We start from the assumption that the clear goals within each of the 17 UN SDGs can help set the agenda of this project (and indeed the social justice and sustainable development aspirations of a raft of other organisations). 

We also explore the opportunities and constraints on implementing and revitalising sustainable partnerships with communities and organisations external to the University in this effort (SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals).

For more details and to register click here.