AEGN

Australian Environmental Philanthropy Conference

The gathering place for philanthropy seeking a solutions pathway to the climate and biodiversity crisis.
Event details
Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 24 March
Location
Multiple venues — including virtual and in person events
AEGN hosted
Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 24 March

Be inspired, engage in hope and action 

We are excited to announce tickets for the 2022 Australian Environmental Philanthropy Conference are now on sale. A combination of inspiring in-person and virtual events will take place from Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 24 March.  

With two dynamic sessions running for 1.5 hours per day, you can engage as much or as little as you like.

Get your early bird tickets now!

Early bird ends Monday 31 January. We can’t wait to see you in March for one of our most exciting conferences to date.

We are living in a critical moment

The climate and biodiversity crises are upon us and inequality is gathering pace. Yet the solutions are ready and global momentum for action has never been greater. This is the critical decade for action.

Join Australia’s premier donor network of climate and environmental philanthropists as we explore the answers to these urgent questions:

  • How can this period of grand disruptions deliver a pathway out of the climate and biodiversity crises?
  • How can effective philanthropy grow and collaborate so that it addresses the systemic issues of climate, environment, inequality and social justice?

Virtual events

Three online keynote events will deep-dive into megatrends across environmental philanthropy, climate change and nature in Australia and more broadly.  

Together we will transform these ideas into tangible opportunities for action through three dynamic Project Showcase events. Strategic projects supported by our members will pitch for funding to make an impact across climate and nature, including First Nation’s led initiatives.   

Joining us for dinner?

One of the most valuable parts of our annual conference is the opportunity to connect with each other in person. We are delighted to announce venues for our Sydney and Melbourne dinners, and will unveil details of get-togethers in Brisbane shortly. 

COVID-19 government requirements

Your safety at our in-person events is paramount. Venues are compliant with COVID-19 government safety plans. We will update you on any COVID-19 safety requirements closer to the dates. In the meantime, if you have any questions email: info@aegn.org.au   

Agenda

You can choose any combination of sessions to attend. For example, you might only like to attend the nature sessions on Thursday and a dinner, or your interests might be in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led projects on Tuesday! You don’t have to join us for every session, although we would love that!

All times are AEDT unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 22 March

Virtual sessions

11.30am to 1.00pm — Conference opening: Megatrends in environmental philanthropy

Philanthropy can be the engine room of social change, driving innovation, policy development and best practice for business and governments to join. And this is the decade to ramp things up. So, what megatrends in environmental philanthropy can help us get more effective to deliver a pathway out of the climate and biodiversity crises?

In this session we will explore local and global megatrends that Australian philanthropy can or is already utilising to rapidly catalyse change.

2.30pm to 4.00pm — Project Showcase: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led project opportunities

This session will highlight four Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations or projects in need of philanthropic support. More of a conversation than a pitch, the session will see project representatives, introduced by their nominating member, take part in a panel discussion to share a bit about themselves, their work and their future aspirations.

The session will be supported by a set of project proposals.

In-person event

6.00pm — Dinner: The Calyx, Royal Sydney Botanical Garden

Gather in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, at The Calyx, a venue boasting the largest vertical floral display in the Southern Hemisphere. There will be exclusive access to ‘Inside the Tide’ — a beautiful immersive exhibition exploring aquatic wonders of the world.  

Mingle with fellow funders, catch up with old friends and meet someone new. Challenge yourself to look to the future and be inspired by our panel of inspirational speakers.

  • Dress code: inspired by nature

Wednesday 23 March

Virtual sessions

11.30am to 1.00pm — Megatrends deep dive: Climate

2.30pm to 4.00pm — Project Showcase: Climate

In-person event

5.00pm — Dinner: Treetops at Melbourne Museum

Enjoy floor-to-ceiling views across the historic Carlton Gardens while immersing in the beauty of science and nature at Treetops, inside the Melbourne Museum. 

Mingle with fellow funders, catch up with old friends and meet someone new. Challenge yourself to look to the future and be inspired by our panel of inspirational young speakers.

  • Dress code: inspired by nature.

Thursday 24 March

Virtual sessions

11.30am to 1.00pm — Megatrends deep dive: Nature

Australia’s wild landscapes, stunning coastline and iconic species sit at the heart of our cultural identity. Yet our precious natural environment is under threat like never before. Scientists, advocates, funders and policy makers are exploring new (and old) ways to meet the dual challenges of biodiversity decline and climate change by devising new solutions to old problems. In this session we will explore four trends in nature conservation and funding including, how technology can boost biodiversity outcomes, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to care for country, how restoring our degraded landscapes can be a gamechanger, and what future proofing our protected area estate looks like.

Bring along your questions!

2.30pm to 4.00pm — Project Showcase: Nature

In-person events

6.00pm AEST — Dinner: Brisbane (in person – venue to be announced)

Get your early bird tickets now!

Early bird ends Monday 31 January. We can’t wait to see you in March for one of our most exciting conferences to date.

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