The EU Centre for Global Affairs invites you to an interdisciplinary conference around the theme of WATER

H2O: Life & Death

The Conference is organised by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, The University of Adelaide and supported by the EU Centre for Global Affairs.

Waters are contested entities at the centre of most scientific discussions about sustainability. Discourse around water management underlines both the serious absence and devastating overabundance of water: rising sea levels compete against desertification; hurricanes and floods follow periods of prolonged drought. As we increasingly pollute, canalise and desalinate waters, the ambiguous nature of our relationship with these entities becomes visible. From the paradisiac and pristine scenery of holiday postcards through to the devastated landscapes of post-tsunami news reports, images of waters surround us. And while we continue to damage what most sustains us, collective precarity grows. It is therefore unsurprising that shifting our understanding, and subsequent use, of water has been described as one of the biggest – and most pressing – challenges of our time.

This conference aims to question and potentially re-imagine our cultural construction and representation of waters by asking: how can we explore and re-make what waters mean to us? We are interested in examining water as a simultaneously scientific and symbolic, material and imaginary, practical and aesthetic medium within lived communities.

Download the full Conference programme HERE.


As part of the Conference Dr Jenny Newell (Australian Museum) will give a FREE public lecture entitled Water Thinking: Caring for Oceans and Sharing Connections in a Time of Climate Crisis. For more information on this event, please see the Event flyer HERE.

Date: Thursday 14 September 2017

Time: 5:45pm – 7pm followed by a wine reception

Venue: Hartley Concert Room, Hartley Building, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus (Map)

RSVP: Register Here


Another Conference public event will take place next day. Conference delegates and and the general public are invited to film screenings and a musical performance about the role of waters in shaping European identity. For further information, please see the Event flyer HERE.

Date: Friday 15 September 2017

Time: 5pm start followed by a wine reception

Venue: Hartley Concert Room, Hartley Building, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus (Map)

RSVP: Register Here


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“The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”

– Huffington Post, September 2014

Join Gunter Pauli, Belgian entrepreneur, best-selling author and key speaker at Tesla World 2015, as he demonstrates how his ‘Blue Economy’ model can be applied across any industry sector to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem which nurtures innovation, the economy and the natural world.

Inspired by natural, self-sustaining ecosystems, Gunter Pauli travels the world advising Governments, entrepreneurs and industry leaders on how to rethink the existing business models around production and consumption systems, to create self-sustaining ecosystems. His approach has been demonstrated to work, creating over 3 million jobs and over 4 billion dollars in investment in more than 200 locations world-wide.

His lecture is a must for entrepreneurs, business professionals, sustainability experts and anyone interested in challenging traditional thinking.

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm. Public lecture & Q&A from 11:30 – 1:00pm. Book signing from 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Venue: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus

RSVP: Seating is limited. RSVP is essential


After the Q&A Gunter Pauli will be signing copies of his book the Australian edition of his book, the third edition of his bestselling book The Blue Economy.

“The future is bright, provided we go beyond the known and the obvious.”

– Gunter Pauli



This lecture forms part of a series of symposia on Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth supported by the EU Centre for Global Affairs.

Thanks to the Adelaide Sustainability Association for their support with this event.

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The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, signed the EU-Australia Framework Agreement on 7 August in Manila, the Philippines.

The signing of the Framework Agreement marks the beginning of a new era of strategic cooperation between the EU and Australia.

The Agreement will enable the EU and Australia to tackle challenges in foreign and security policy, sustainable development, climate change, and economic and trade matters. It will encourage closer links between leaders across government, business and civil society.

More, including comments from the HR/VP and the Foreign Minister here.


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