Climate change has complex and deeply rooted issues that require a multi-faceted response from activists to artists, from policy-makers to politicians, as well as scientists.

Conference attendees will be invited to consider unfolding trends of climate change and the major drivers of these patterns and trends, looking at economic, social and underlying systemic drivers.

To ensure the conference is inclusive and engaging with the community we also invite prospective non-academic presentations, exhibitions and performances. The information to be submitted should be no longer than one page, include the name of the proposed piece, brief summary, conference themes it is aligned to, dimensions for exhibition space and or creative performance.

Regretfully funding is not available for presentations, performances and/or exhibitions and hence must be self-funded.

Please submit your abstract of up to 200 words or information for non-academic presentations, exhibitions and performances to



Monday 13 January 2020                 Abstract submission opens

Monday 20 January 2020               Early bird registration opens

Friday 28 February 2020                  Abstract submission closes

Friday 13 March 2020                      Presenters notified of acceptance

Friday 27 March 2020                      Presenter and early bird registration closes

Friday 22 May 2020                           All registrations close



The theme for our third biennial conference is Blue Pacific, Climate Action for Climate Resilience.  

The conference will explore the science, the impacts, the solutions and the enablers for people and oceans.


We can only truly understand the climate change impacts we are experiencing in our Pacific communities if we have a sound understanding of the physical science behind these impacts. Under the theme of science, we are inviting abstracts that will inform the Conference about the physical changes we are likely to experience, now and in the future, at different spatial scales. These sessions will explore how these impacts interact with natural and human systems, including the health and livelihoods of Pacific people, and how traditional knowledge can complement the science base. For science to be of practical use it must be communicated to, and developed with, end-users and we hope that this sub-theme can provide some innovative insights into effective communication. 


People must be central to effective adaptation and mitigation strategies in the Pacific. This session looks and how people are differentially affected by climate change, the policies, laws and financial mechanisms that are required to support Pacific people and how people from different communities and sectors can play a role in building resilience. We shall also reflect on how knowledge can be shared through storytelling and how people understand the changes they are experiencing through the lens of traditional knowledge.


As Epeli Hau’ofa famously wrote, “we are the sea, we are the ocean”. The ocean lies at the heart of all that it is to be a Pacific Islander yet humans are changing the ocean beyond all recognition. Climate change is raising sea levels, the ocean is becoming warmer and more acidic threatening the coral reefs on which our coastal communities depend, our fishing stocks are depleted and the food chain is becoming choked by plastic. This session explores the changes we are seeing in our Pacific and tries to see if, and how, our ocean can regain its health in the face of multiple pressures.

Please submit your abstract to