It’s our Future Earth Conference and SDG Challenge 3.0 – 2019

It’s Our Future Earth

Leveraging STEM and Global Competency skills to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals

 4 – 6 Dec 2019, Singapore

Planning is now well underway and excitement is building for the 2019 International YPPP Conference, It’s Our Future Earth and SDG Challenge 3.0.

This 3-day conference is a partnership with science and sustainability education centres and education and sustainability professionals which emphasises STEM and IT skills, strategic planning, social business innovation, UN linkages, future and global competencies and international collaboration.

There really are too many good things included in the conference program to mention them all but for now note:

  • A Tour of the Science Centre Singapore;
  • Both a Real Lives and a Balance for the Planet workshop – with the inventors of each;
  • A Gala Dinner with special guest speaker Professor Graham Durant, the Director of the Australian Science and Technology Centre Questacon;
  • A Sustainable Singapore Gallery (SSG) Tour and Sustainability Skills Workshop;
  • The first Singapore screening of the 2040 #JoinTheRegeneration movie, hosted by Sustainable Singapore Gallery and with an introduction by producer Damon Gameau.

Program download here.

Why Future Earth?

This theme has been developed working with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC, Canberra), Questacon, Inspiring Australia, ANU, Future Earth Australia and key organisations based on the UN objective of achieving an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable future through the implementation within each country of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key stakeholder organisations including Questacon, Inspiring Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Future Earth Australia, UNIC, ANU as well as a number of other universities including Curtin University in Singapore and Mauritius, UNSW, UTS, James Cook University, Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania, University of South Australia and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Focus: Leadership, Teamwork, Business Management, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering: The application and opportunities in the STEM fields for further study and careers in a sustainable ‘Future Earth’ are the key areas of developing global innovation. These include photovoltaics /clean energy /energy storage; biodiversity (land and sea); health sciences; climate change; water and land management; waste management and energy security among others.

Key Benefits: Student attendees:

  • (1) learn from career scientists, engineers and technologists through both presentations and workshops on key sustainable Future Earth topics.
  • (2) The students will also be able to present and workshop STEM and management learning from their development in the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program.
  • (3) Students learn how to mentor and teach, based on the knowledge and experience they have developed in STEM subjects and their application to achieving the UN SDGs and a sustainable Future Earth.
  • (4) Students will have the opportunity to engage with other key stakeholder organisations, including government and community leadership NGOs and business through the networking and social event sessions during the conference.

Travel Arrangements & Teacher Chaperon: Students from each participating school are invited to travel to Singapore for the event accompanied by a teacher as chaperon. Teachers and students also develop the experience that enables them to act as group leaders and mentors for the many teams currently developing plans in Australia, India, Kenya, Singapore, Mauritius and the wider ASEAN area.

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