The Students of Sustainability Conference 2016 will be held on Jagera and Turrbal land land in so-called Brisbane from 7-11 July

Please visit the SOS website and Facebook for tickets, more info, and updates as they become available.

A3 SOS 2016 Poster

What is Students of Sustainability?

Students of Sustainability is the largest and longest-running environmental justice conference in Australia and is completely organised by volunteers, mostly from the Australian Student Environment Network. It takes place in July at a different university campus each year and features workshops, forums, actions, entertainment and amazing activists from around Australia. Students of Sustainability Conference is a key event in ASEN’s calendar each year. Having been the site of the network’s formation in 1997, it continues to be a source of energy for the ongoing environmental and social justice struggles in which we take part.

Taking place every year since 1991, it has brought together thousands of people from across Australia to take part in workshops, forums and actions on a range of social and environmental issues. It aims to demonstrate how theory and practice can be used to create positive and meaningful social change.

A History of the Conference

The conference began in Canberra in 1991 under the name “Students, Science and Sustainability”. This first conference attracted 300 students to discuss matters of sustainability with respect to students and science.

Throughout the past 20+ years, interest and enthusiasm for the conference has grown, and the number of participants has steadily increased. As SoS moves around the country, it spreads its unique, life-affirming, change-making energy to the University and community that hosts it…

Each year students, community members, Indigenous activists, academics, public intellectuals, environmental educators and social change agents of all stripes and from all over Australia are invited to participate.

There is a range of educational, practical and participatory forums, workshops, excursions, entertainment and lots of time drinking chai with new friends.

The vision is to provide a conference that will bring together diverse groups of people to share inspiring and thought-provoking experiences, which encourage positive discussion and action aimed at creating ecological, political, economic and social sustainability in the world. SoS provides an opportunity for us to become empowered with the confidence, practical skills and motivation, required so that humanity can have a healthy relationship with the earth and all of its diverse ecosystems.

SOS 2015 on Kaurna land at Flinders University