Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides

28 – 30 September, 2021
Mandurah, Western Australia

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Invitation to aaee2021

We invite you to join us at the 21st Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Biennial Conference and 4th Research Symposium.

Hosted in Mandurah, Western Australia, a city renowned for its beautiful waterways, internationally recognised wetlands, ancient thrombolites and enchanting plants and wildlife. This global biodiversity hotspot truly is one of a kind.

Inspired by moving local examples, resilience theory, future’s thinking and Mandurah’s relaxed waterside lifestyle, the overarching conference theme is “Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides”. Mandjoogoordap means “meeting place of the heart” in the indigenous Noongar language of the region, and changing tides can represent the need for change, the inevitability of change as with natural tidal cycles, or the positive changes resulting from Education for Sustainability efforts. Combined, Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides is a concept that aims to showcase examples of people coming together to create positive change through environmental education, along with innovative, practical and effective tools for change-making.

This intergenerational, inclusive and inspiring event ensures an anticipated 100 delegates will be immersed in the latest thinking and exposed to the best information and resources. With sustainability professionals and educators from all sectors, including education, government, NGOs and community groups, ours is an audience that values authentic ideas and ways of working.

Join us in the Noongar time of Kambarang, the season of birth, when the weather starts to warm, rain eases and we see an abundance of wildflowers and new arrivals. Together, we will explore, discuss and learn from others who are working to empower their communities to action change.

Sharing the latest in theory, policy and practice, our intention is to turn this conference moment into a movement by challenging old thinking and fostering innovation, collaboration, resilience and genuinely effective action. We look forward to “changing the tides” of this incredible field with you as we welcome you to our Mandurah, our Mandjoogoordap – meeting place of the heart.



Dr Jennifer Pearson, AAEE President; AAEE (WA), Convenor

Ms Bonnie Beal Richardson,
City of Mandurah, Senior Environmental Education Officer

Miss Bella Burgemeister, Millennium Kids Youth Board


Dr Catherine Baudains
Mr Joshua Brown
Ms Katherine Gaschk
Ms Amy Krupa
Ms Alanna Gardner Bell
Ms Barbara Sing
Ms Sarah Stevenson

Ms Catrina Aniere


The AAEE’s 21st Biennial National Conference will attract over 100 dedicated sustainability and educational professionals from across Australia and virtually from New Zealand, our overseas neighbours and MOU Partners in the United States, Japan and Abu Dhabi. 

The 2021 conference, Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides, aims to showcase innovative, practical and effective tools to help us “change the tides” of environmental and sustainability education. Travel remains challenging in times like these, and therefore we have made the decision to add a virtual aspect to the conference. Please find virtual registrations in the available ticket types in registration.

For more information about this years’ program,
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Research Symposium

The AAEE hosted it’s first virtual biennial AAEE Research Symposium in September 2021. The key purpose of the Research Symposium was to deliver a high quality, interactive, inclusive, conversation-driven event that contributes to the development and growth of the environmental and sustainability education research communities in Australasia.

For information on this years’ Research Symposium,
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Conference Exhibition

The AAEE 2021 Conference Exhibition will be run in conjunction with the conference program, and its practical sustainability intentions. It seeks to showcase the best and latest products and services effective in assisting environmental and sustainability educators.

If your organisation is interested in showcasing your products and services, extending your networks and reaching new audiences, please click here to find out how to get involved.

Our Sponsors
AAEE2021 Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides is proudly sponsored by:

Primary Sponsor and Co-Host

Major Sponsor

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Destination Sponsor

Tier 2 Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

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All persons intending to attend the Conference must complete a Registration Form.

Registration for the 2021 Conference and Research Symposium will open in late 2020 for all interested persons.

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