2024 Water Symposium: Professional Development Day


To coincide with our milestone Boat House Dinner (Canberra, 22 May 2024) and our Graduation Week events, this year’s first Fellows Professional Development Day has been recast as the “Water Symposium”, a whole day forum for bold, informed and solutions-oriented debate around the imperatives for change to prepare Australia for climate change.

To paraphrase our namesake: “When water is scarce what will we prioritise?”  Through our 2024 lens, we will add a layer to this still relevant issue and ask, in the face of climate extremes and repeat catastrophes, how will we respond?  Be prepared for a respectful “stoush”, in true Peter Cullen style.

In the morning, speakers and panelists will present the evidence – the irrefutable truth – in climate science.  We will consider what this means for First Nations people; for biodiversity; for irrigators; for regional communities; and for leaders.

In the afternoon, small groups will debate the priorities for change, reflect on their individual and collective leadership challenges to implement change and make personal commitments to what we will do and drive as leaders. We aim to reach agreement on realising outcomes from these priority actions and to validate our mutual accountability.

The Water Symposium will be free to attend for Fellows, Friends and invited guests of the Trust, but numbers will be limited.  It will be conducted under Chatham House rule, with some presentations and outcomes recorded and shared, by prior agreement with contributors.

Symposium Facilitators

  • Professor Emerita Cynthia Mitchell AO, Chair PCT
  • Dr Kathleen Broderick, PCT Fellow (2014)

This event is reserved for the Fellows, Friends and invited guests of the Trust.

REGISTER HERE: https://events.humanitix.com/2024-water-symposium


Old Parliament House
18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT


May 23 2024


8:15 am - 4:00 pm

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