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Event – The 2007 Engineers Without Borders National Conference, 29 November to 1 December

Posted in Events, Movements by Ferne Edwards on September 28th, 2007

The 2007 Engineers Without Borders National Conference: 29th November – 1st December
Melbourne University ( Parkville, Victoria)

In 2005 EWB held its inaugural conference; Engineering a Better World. National and international speakers presented to nearly 200 people from all over Australia on the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of international development, focusing on the roles engineers can play.

I thought the conference was an AMAZING success and I had a great time. I raved about it for a solid week afterwards; to anyone that would listen” .
– 2005 Conference Delegate

Again bringing together a dynamic mix of diverse speakers and delegates, the Engineers Without Borders National Conference 2007 will ask how we go about ‘Laying the Foundations’ for sustainable human development. Delegates will learn about and debate ideas for improving the knowledge and physical resources of people in need, discuss how to best educate the Australian community on issues of sustainability, and hear presentations on appropriate technology, poverty reduction and human development.

Day 1: Engaging with Community
As development practitioners our challenge is to achieve the best possible outcomes for communities. Although this is a simple mission statement, achieving it requires constant reflection and deliberation. To help us lay the foundations for productive engagement with communities, day one of the conference will focus on participatory approaches, valuing local knowledge and aspirations, the role of appropriate technologies and how we evaluate impact.

Day 2: Working in the World
Development work does not happen in isolation. The world around us is undergoing dramatic change and those least equipped to deal with instability often feel its harshest consequences. Presenters will encourage delegates to reflect on the interaction of the natural environment, geo-political interests and conflict situations with people in developing communities. We will explore how appropriate development can build resilience and lay the foundations for a sustainable and secure future.

Day 3: Response-Ability
How are we, as concerned Australians, able to respond? Fundamental to our vision is our conviction that each individual has the ability and the responsibility to make a positive impact in the world. On the final day, presenters will explore strategies for making this vision a reality. Delegates will learn from people and organizations who are leading the way in responding to complex problems and be inspired to take their own next step.

Speakers Include

JANET HUNT Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. Former Executive Director of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid and the International Women’s Development Agency

DON HENRY Executive Director, Australian Conservation Foundation

JASON GLANVILLE Programs and Strategy Director, Reconciliation Australia

RHETT BUTLER, Chairman, Sky Juice Foundation

MARK MORAN , Group Manager, Centre for Appropriate Technology

PROFESSOR BUCKERIDGE Head of School, Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, RMIT
Chair Bioethics Committee of the International Union of Biological Sciences

DHEORGHE DUTA, Managing Director, Advanced Water Technologies

BEN PRESTON , Climate, Oceans and Environment Group, CSIRO

To Register
Visit: www.ewb.org.au/conference2007

Three Day Conference Registration
Concession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150
Professional. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300
Single Day Registration
Concession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60
Professional. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $120
Single Session Registration
All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20

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