SRI2022 Oceania Satellite Event

29 June – 1 July, 2022
Queensland University of Technology, Garden Point Campus, Brisbane, Australia & ONLINE

Sustainability leaders, experts, industry and innovators from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific came together to share their knowledge on sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Oceania region as part of a major international sustainability event.

Coordinated by Future Earth Australia, Australian Academia and government partners hosted the sustainability-focused event in Brisbane from 29 June – 1 July 2022.

Sessions were held over three days and covered any aspects of sustainability: climate change, Indigenous knowledges, coastal resilience, urban sustainability, synthetic biology and more. It will focus on sustainability issues and challenges unique to Oceania.

This event was a satellite event of the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022 (SRI2022) that was held online and in Pretoria, South Africa on 20-24 June, 2022.

The Oceania Satellite Event built on the outcomes of the inaugural SRI2021 Congress last year in Brisbane, that featured more than 2000 attendees from over 100 countries. 

Watch the Recordings

For registered participants only (of the online congress).

SRI 2022 Oceania Satellite PROGRAM

All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


View the downloadable 2022 Oceania Satellite Program HERE.

09:00 – 10:30 | GP-Z411
Welcome to Country – Uncle Steven Coghill
Official Satellite Event Open
Future Earth/SRI Overview – Petra Lundgren
SRI2022 Congress Overview – Stephanie Burton
Queensland Climate Action – Professor Karen Hussey
10:30 – 11:00 | Z Atrium
Morning Tea
Queensland Decarbonisation Forum
MC: Dr Julia Playford 
Science and Innovation for Sustainability Resilient Systems, Sustainable Economies

11:00 – 12:30
Regional Transitions

Chair: AProf Ben Lyons

Speakers: Chair: AProf Ben Lyons

Speakers: Prof John Rolfe, Prof Allan Dale, Prof Hurriyet Babacan, Prof Hon. John McVeigh

11:00 – 11:20
Dr Paul Bertsch

11:20 – 13:00
Alternate foods and proteins from precision fermentation

Chair: Professor Michelle Colgrave

Presenters: Jim Fader, Tom Davies, Dr Anna El Tahchy, Michele Stansfield, George Peppou, Ling Ka Yi, KC Carswell

11:00 – 13:00
Transforming Coastal Communities in Oceania to Build Climate Resilience and Sustainability

Associate Professor Michael Howes, Dr Aysin Dedekorkut, Dr Johanna Nalau, Dr Edward Morgan, Ms Estafania Arteaga

12:30 – 13:30 | Z Atrium
13:00 – 14:00 | Z Atrium

13:30 – 15:00
Barriers to Decarbonisation

Moderator: Prof Greg Marston

Panellists: Associate Professor Felicity Deane, Dr Lynette Molyneaux, Professor Neville Plint, Dr Maxine Newlands

14:00 – 15:30
Green chemicals, sustainable fibres, and advanced materials from synthetic biology and advanced manufacturing

Chair: Colin Scott
Presenters: Craig Wood, Colin Jackson, Claudia Vickers, Ian O’Hara, Ian Paulsen, Volker Sieber

14:00 – 15:30
Exploring the human dimensions of assisted adaptation and restoration of coral reefs

Erin Bohensky, Victoria Graham, Gillian Paxton, Umberto Baresi, Annah Piggot-McKellar, Taryn Kong, Lintje Siehoyono Sie, Nicole Shumway

15:00 – 15:30 | Z Atrium
Afternoon Tea
15:30 – 16:00 | Z Atrium
Afternoon Tea

15:30 – 17:00
Powering the Regions Fund – land use, land-use change and forestry  (LULUCF) issues for Queensland

Panellists: Prof Brendan Mackey, Assoc. Prof. Rowena Maguire, Prof John Quiggin, Prof Don Butler

16:00 – 17:00
PANEL: Exploring the challenges with accelerating scaling of these industries and potential regulatory barriers to and social acceptance of these biobased products

Chair: Dr Paul Bertsch
Panellists: Dr Aditi Mankad, Lisa Kelly, Ian O’Hara, Colin Jackson, Prof Michelle Colgrave, KC Carswell

16:00 – 17:30
Envisioning wellbeing economies through the Australian Fashion Industry Context

Moderator: A/Prof Samantha Sharpe
Presenters: A/Prof Alice Payne, A/Prof Martijn Boersma, Dr Monique Retamal, Julie Boulton, Deborah Fisher, Karina Kallio, Aleasha McCallion

17:00 – 17:30
Decarbonisation Forum Wrap Up
ROOM  GP-Z304 GP-Z411
TOPIC  Indigenous Knowledges, Just Futures Greening the City
09:00 – 10:30

09:00 – 09:15
Jim Walker 

09:15 – 10:30
Advancing justice in conservation and sustainability research, policy, and practice
Moderator: Dr Georgina Gurney
Presenters: Margaret Fox, Harry Jonas, Associate Professor Emma Lee, Dr Vera Horigue, Associate Professor Joeli Veitayaki

Mapping ecosystem functions at landscape level to find and protect ecosystem service hotspots

Dr Graham Ashford, Dr Madeleine Page, Sally Chudleigh 

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea | Z Atrium
11:00 – 13:00 

Carbon and Cultural Landscapes of Mithaka Country
Dr Duncan Keenan-Jones, Joshua Gorringe and Jacob Birch

National and International Perspectives on Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Assoc Professor Henrietta Marrie AM

Adaptable Urban Environments for human wellbeing and environmental sustainability

Moderators: Prof Tan Yigitcanlar, A/Prof Mirko Guaralda

Presenters: Yi Song Liu, Wenda Li, Turgut Acikara, Martina Hale, Stephen Fischer, Ksenia Nikolaeva, Jiaxuan E

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch | Z Atrium
14:00 – 15:30

Exploring the Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property Landscape: Leveraging existing laws, Indigenous protocols and international frameworks to facilitate Indigenous innovation

Moderator: Rhianna Patrick

Speakers: Dr Margaret Raven, Dr Ruth Link,  Mr Gerry Turpin, Dr Chris Bourke, Ms Ziggi Busch

SDG Engagement in Local Governments, Cities, and Universities – Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? How are they doing it?

Moderator: Dominique Coy

Presenters: Dianty Ningrum, Jarrod Grainger-Brown, Andrea Cuesta Claros

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea | Z Atrium
16:00 – 17:00  Panel Discussion: Bringing an Indigenous agenda into practice
Moderators: Jim Walker and Rhianna Patrick
Biodiversity metrics: What are they and how can we use them?
Professor Hugh Possingham, Dr Liz O’Brien, Chrissy Elmer
17:30 – 19:30 Networking Event – Room 360
All are welcome 
ROOM   GP-Z411 GP-Z304 GP-P512
TOPIC  New Horizons: Net Zero and Beyond Tools for Transformation
09:00 – 10:30

Beyond Carbon Abatement: Transdisciplinary action to drive co-benefits in land management and agriculture

Moderator: Nikki Dumbrell
Speakers: Lynne Macdonald,  Lily Lim-Camacho,  Warwick Ragg, Gillian Mayne

Advanced Technologies for Citizen Science

Assoc Professor Grant Hamilton, Dr Katie Woolaston, Judith Mirembe, Kevin Elliott

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea | Z Atrium
11:00 – 13:00 

Zero Carbon Imaginaries: Imagining a transformed Australian Energy System

Prof Chris Riedy, Juan Garzon

Improving Sustainability Through Behavioural Science
Online Presentation

Sam Moore

Research Impact: Media and Policy Roundtable

Dr Tim Seelig, Liz Minchin, Dr Maxine Newlands

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Close | Z Atrium




Sustainability is about our relationship with the future, and SRI2022 seeks to explore emerging issues and trends that shape our world tomorrow. In a time of rapid change, looking ahead is more important than ever. What are the challenges and solutions that might surprise us? How can we get ahead of the curve and build our preparedness and resilience? How to predict the unpredictable? Who are the new players and what are the unlikely coalitions? Under this theme, we are particularly open for new if not unexpected ideas, but examples or areas might include:

  • World after Covid-19
  • Unheard voices in sustainability science and innovation
  • Justice, equity, ethics and inclusion
  • Levers for innovation and change
  • Inclusive financial mechanisms for supporting growth and resiliency


Recognizing that knowledge is versatile, SRI2022 explores the various ways of understanding, conceptualizing, and learning about the world. An inclusive approach to knowledge will dramatically broaden the spectrum of solutions available for action-forward sustainability work. SRI2022 will promote new perspectives to:

  • Indigenous/local community knowledge
  • Equitable access to information and decision-making options, including Artificial Intelligence
  • TD  (transdisciplinary research and transdisciplinarity)*

*transdisciplinary science is an approach that threads together different scientific and other knowledge


Many sustainability challenges are interrelated and intertwined and require a nexus approach. SRI2022 invites novel perspectives looking at critical intersections in multiple areas including but not restricted to:

  • Sustainable food systems and human wellbeing
  • Resilience, adaptation and addressing risk
  • Evidence-based and actionable contributions to the SDGs and beyond
  • Narratives of progress, wealth and well-being
  • Water, food, energy, society
  • Resources use efficiency


This theme will showcase the richness of Oceania’s science, innovation, and sustainability. From tested local solutions to advanced academia research, we can showcase the wealth of knowledge and innovation in our area.


The hosting consortium for the Oceania Satellite Event, led by Future Earth Australia and CSIRO, includes the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, and James Cook University.

This group contains many of the same members as the SRI2021 event held in Brisbane last year, providing them with the experience and insights to hold another successful event.