Friday, 17 April 2009

Conference: The Language of Sustainability (April 27th)

I'm going to this conference in London later in the month that looks at how sustainability is communicated, something I'm very interested in! For £60 (members of IES) or £100 (non-members) you can come too! You use this booking form. The conference is organised by The Institution of Environmental Sciences

Here are the details:

This one day conference focuses on the Language of Sustainability and features some of the most prominent voices in the sector. During the morning session a panel of invited guests will articulate how their profession views and conveys sustainability.

They include: Eric Bichard, author of Positively Responsible: How Business Can Save the Planet, for business; David Fell, Director of Brook Lyndhurst Ltd, for consultants; Mark Everard of the Environment Agency, with the scientific approach; Joe Ravetz, a leading thinker on sustainability from the University of Manchester, publicising the populist style; and Will Ashley-Cantello, sustainable development policy advisor for the Government. The debate will be chaired by Arran Stibbe, a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire.

The session will explore each groups’ language of sustainability and whether they are integrated and can be understood by one another. In the afternoon delegates will form into groups to discuss the development of an ‘Esperanto of Sustainability’ which would break down the barriers between different sectors and be inspiring for all. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear some respected voices debate how we communicate about sustainability, arguably the foremost goal of society.

The event has been organised to celebrate the launch of Professional Associations Research Network’s (PARN) and Professional Partnerships for Sustainable Development (PP4SD) online Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) invite you to attend this exciting, one-of workshop and contribute to developing the Language of Sustainability.Download a booking form and a flyer.£60 - IES and PARN Members £100 - Non-members

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