Our Story

Our oceans and coasts are diverse and interconnected. Collaboration is our strength, underlying and reinforcing our capacity to think, innovate, and invest in their long-term wellbeing. The 2021 Our Coastal Futures conference will bring together voices from researchers, practitioners, Indigenous peoples, activists, businesses, youth, and decision-makers. This vibrant conference will inspire new ideas to enable a transition towards respectful custodianship of our oceans and coasts. This event is designed to foster a sense of trust and respect among all, emphasizing diversity, innovation, and connections. The program will include traditional formats and other expressions, to create a new narrative on the role of respectful ocean and coastal custodianship, based on trust, reciprocity, communication and collaboration.

Come join us at Our Coastal Futures 2021 conference from 17 – 20 October, plus three days of workshop and excursion opportunities (16, 21, 22 October 2021) on the Gold Coast, Australia. We’re still finalizing the agenda, but a fantastic line-up is already taking shape.

Endorsed by the United Nations

Hosted By

Early bird registration is open now and is just $650 AUD for OECD countries and $430 AUD for non-OECD countries.

We will host a fabulous closing evening event in form of a cosy Twilight Market with local food and drinks. So, if you are passionate about putting ideas into action and you like to have fun doing so, then you will love this conference. Looking forward to seeing everyone in October 2021!

Our Coastal Futures will open submissions for traditional sessions alongside a variety of creative formats including:

  • virtual engagements
  • panels
  • workshops
  • artistic expressions
  • youth events
  • yarning circles
  • community-led interventions
  • journal special issues

We believe that this variety of formats will make the conference more engaging and inclusive for a variety of participants, not limited to academics but also extending to practitioners, Indigenous peoples, activists, businesses, youths, and decision-makers.

Following the selection of the sessions and other formats, Our Coastal Futures conference will open the call for abstracts for individual presentations, both oral and posters, into the selected sessions.

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