2023 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

 Prof Tim Flannery BA MSc PhD ASS

Chief Councillor, Climate Council


Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers on sustainability and the environment.

A scientist, explorer and conservationist he has undertaken over 20 expeditions to remote regions and written over 30 books. He was described by Sir David Attenborough as one of the great explorers, and as a scientist who’s discovered more new species than Charles Darwin. His landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers have changed the way we think about the environmental challenges facing the world.

Named Australian of the Year in 2007, he works with governments and businesses globally on climate change action. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and heads the Australian Climate Council.

In May 2021 Tim Flannery was awarded the prestigious Geddes Environment Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Prof Tim Flannery appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.

 Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM

Artist and Educator

BIO & Abstract coming soon

Invited Speakers

 Dr Inga Simpson


BIO & Abstract


Inga Simpson is an Australian nature writer with PhDs in creative writing and English literature. She is the author of Mr Wigg, Nest, Where the Trees Were, Understory, The Last Woman in the World, Willowman and, for children, The Book of Australian Trees.

Abstract – Imagining is perceiving
The nature in nature writing is more than inspiration and subject; it is the source. Human creativity stems from our connection to landscape and our relationship with the natural world. Of course, we are nature, too, just one small part of a series of connected ecosystems.

Contrary to what we would like to believe, creativity is not personal genius but the ability to tap into something larger than ourselves, to allow the wild wind of nature to blow through us. Language, imagination and story all originate in the earth, a mind-body awareness shaped by our local terrain and the other beings we share it with.

The tools for writing – vocabulary, specificity, imagery – come from nature, too. In the language of landscape, it is imagery, those intuitive word-pictures that convey so much more than the literal, that hold the power. Images allow room for emotions, room for that mind-body knowing, room for the unknown – and room for the reader. To think like a forest, Eduardo Kohn says, is to think in images.

We like to say that seeing is believing but to imagine is to perceive – to use all our senses to understand the interconnected relationships of a place, its past, present, and tomorrow. When we write (draw/paint/photograph/sing/play) nature, we rewild ourselves; we connect, we care, we are at home. And we can (re-) imagine a future other than the one we are currently rushing towards.

 Costa Georgiadis

TV Presenter, Landscape Architect


Costa Georgiadis was born in North Bondi, Sydney, Australia on 1 January 1964. By nationality, he is an Australian, but he is of Greek descent. His grandfather’s market garden was only the one from which he had developed a love of nature.

Costa is a qualified Landscape Architect and studied at the University of NSW. Costa took off to Europe where he worked on and off for the best part of a decade working on roof-top gardens, community composting, natural swimming ponds and wetlands working in Vienna, Austria and Bavaria.

Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul. Costa’s charm, charisma and passion are invigorating and irresistible, he has a gift for making his important messages engaging and highly entertaining.

Prof Daniella Tilbury

UK Government Focal Point to UNECE and Fellow (Hon) University of Cambridge (Catz)

BIO & Abstract


An academic leader, change maker and educator in sustainable development credited with having developed the initial frameworks for learning in this area. She is an Australian who served a member of the Board of WWF that established EarthHour in 2007 and is a Fellow (Hon) of the University of Cambridge.

Abstract – Transforming the Future: are we there yet?

Education Panel

Current Education Landscape & Initiatives for Moving Forward

The Australian Association for Environmental Education is proud to present a thought-provoking conference panel titled “Current Education Landscape & Initiatives for Moving Forward.” This panel brings together five esteemed educators from various tiers of education who are passionate about environmental education and committed to shaping the future of learning in Australia. The panelists will discuss the current state of environmental education, highlight innovative initiatives, and share their insights on how to advance environmental education for a sustainable future.

Key Topics and Discussion Points:

  1. Current state of environmental education in Australia: Challenges, gaps, and opportunities.
  2. Effective pedagogical approaches to foster environmental consciousness in early learning and primary schools.
  3. Promoting environmental education within secondary schools: Innovative teaching methodologies and cross-curricular integration.
  4. Embedding sustainability principles across disciplines in higher education institutions.
  5. Vocational education and green skills training for a sustainable workforce.
  6. Community-based environmental education initiatives and the role of collaboration between schools and local communities.
  7. Addressing equity and inclusion in environmental education.
  8. Strategies for scaling up environmental education efforts across all tiers of education.

Expected Outcomes:

Participants attending this conference panel will gain valuable insights into the current state of environmental education in Australia and discover innovative initiatives and approaches for advancing environmental education across all tiers of education. The panelists’ diverse perspectives and experiences will provide attendees with practical strategies, resources, and inspiration to incorporate environmental education into their own teaching practices. By fostering collaborations and knowledge sharing, this panel aims to inspire a collective effort toward a sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Dr Peter Andersen

Senior Lecturer – School of Education, University of Wollongong

Sue is a long-term early childhood education for sustainability advocate, researcher and author, she co-convenes the TransNational Dialogues in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability research group. Healthy sustainable futures for young children drive her work across the early childhood sector.

Dr Sue Elliott

Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, University of New England


Sue is a long-term early childhood education for sustainability advocate, researcher and author, she co-convenes the TransNational Dialogues in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability research group. Healthy sustainable futures for young children drive her work across the early childhood sector.

Prof Jo-Anne Ferreira

Dean, Learning and Teaching Futures, University of Southern Queensland


Jo-Anne is curious about enduring beliefs in environmental/sustainability education, and how these limit or enable our work. She’s interested in how digital worlds are entangled with us. Jo-Anne is always searching for the new, hence varied roles and career focus!

Sue Martin

Ecology Project Officer, Jesuit Province Australia


Sue is passionately involved in supporting environmental educators across NSW and is currently chair of EE NSW and helps coordinate AuSSA. Sue lives on Darug Country with the mighty Dyarubbin flowing through.

Simon Collier

Curriculum Specialist, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)


Simon Collier, Curriculum Specialist, Science, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the Australian Curriculum: Science and the Cross-curriculum Priority: Sustainability. Simon is an experienced teacher and has worked in both Primary and Secondary classrooms. During his career as a school leader he has been involved in leading and implementing school-wide, regional and national initiatives.



Presenter Title Link (coming soon)