RMIT University, Level 3 - Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne (enter via Building 80)

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9:00am - Arrival and Check In

9:30am - Welcome and Keynote

Welcome: Peta Turner, President GTAV
Introductory Remarks: Rob Gell AM, GTAV Patron
Keynote Address: Community Connection Before, During and After an Emergency. Craig Lapsley PSM
Major Partner: Warden Mersey, Bank First

10:30am - Morning Tea and Exhibitor Displays

A2 General Interest Is 100% Cheap, Clean Renewable Energy Feasible? Annette Thompson. Presbyterian Ladies College.
A3 Teaching focus Reporting on Progress, Not Just Achievement. Ben Lawless. Aitken College.
A4 10-12 The Role of Human Geography in Disaster Risk Management Practice. Dr Chloe Begg. CFA.
A6 7-10 ‘Connections’ and Interconnections: Combining Geography and Drama to Teach First Nations Content and Concepts. Danielle Hradsky. Drama Victoria. Andrew Byrne and Jane Carter
A7 10-12 The Challenges of Homelessness: Examining Spatial Inequality with The Big Issue Classroom. Netta Shmerling. The Big Issue.
A8  7-10 Recycled Water - Overcoming the "Yuck" Factor. Marita  Tripp. Melbourne Water. Sophie Hardwick.
A9  7-10 Visiting the Victorian Curriculum Geography. Leonie Brown. VCAA.
A10 9 Solving 21st Century Issues Within the Local Urban Context. Kam Kenny-Jones. Methodist Ladies College. Molly Murphy.
B1 7-9 Food Waste and Food Rescue: OZHARVEST in Schools. Katharine Balson. OzHarvest.
B2 ALL Park Planning and Policy; engaging young people in land management. Koel Wrigley. Parks Victoria.
B3 10-12 Human Trafficking Through a Geographical Lens. David Cross. ZOE Foundation Australia. Hudson Gordon.
B4 5-10 Drones to the Rescue – Bushfires.  Sarah Atkins. She Maps.
B5 Teaching focus How to Teach Geography (Place, Space and Interconnection) to our Diverse Learners Using Evidence-based Interventions and Practices. Georgina Birch. Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
B6 F-8 Connecting to Aquatic Environments Through Water Safety Education. Kaitlyn Greenhill. Life Saving Victoria.
B7 ALL Plastic Not So Fantastic: Plastic Pollution in Our Waterways. Pete Lindner. Canopy of Care (in conjunction with Port Phillip Ecocentre). Dr Cecile van der Burgh.
B8 Teaching focus Maintaining a Sustainable Workload: Working 40 hours per week as a Geography Teacher. Adrian De Fanti. Mazenod College.
B9 VCE 2022- 2026 VCE Geography Study Design. Leonie Brown. VCAA.
B10  All Survey123. Jennah Williams. Esri. This presentation will be ONLINE
B11 ALL Learning Geographic Skills Through Problem Solving. Paul Cross. Associate Teacher - Geography, Monash University.

1:00pm - Lunch and Exhibitor Displays

C1  VCE Exploring Land Use Dynamics with Google Earth. Dr Mariela Soto-Berelov. RMIT University.
C2 VCE Nationwide Integrated Heat Vulnerability Index Assessment Toolkit: A Cloud-based Open-Source GIS Approach. Dr Sun Chayn. RMIT University.
C3 VCE Securing Land, Housing and Property Rights for All? Early Insights from Odisha’s Slum Upgrading Project. Serene Ho. RMIT University.
C4 9-10 Securing Food Futures Learning Kit. Nadya  Tkachenko. Museums Victoria. Bek Bates 
C5 ALL Bringing the Work of the United Nations to Your Community. Dr Sally Northfield. United Nations Association Australia (Victoria Division).
C6 VCE Suburban Conservation: the Case of the Southern Brown Bandicoot. Ben Liu. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Eilish Roberts, Kym Powell.
C7 9 Our Place - Year 9 Fieldwork Experiences. Jane Cornelius. Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School. Marika Marks
C8 ALL Creating Virtual Fieldwork with Story Spheres. Claire Andrewartha. CS in Schools.
C9 ALL Rising to Resilience: Empowering Students in a Changing World. Neil Munro.  Country Fire Authority / Safer Together.
C10 7-10 Using GPS and AR to Gamify Place, Space and Interconnection. Vincent Trundle. ACMI. Ben Lawless.

3:00pm - Keynote Panel and closing remarks

The Urban Age in Climate Change
In this Keynote Panel session, 5 speakers from the RMIT Centre for Urban Research and Sustainability and Urban Planning programs will draw attention to different aspects of the urban age in climate change, offering both critical provocations and recent research findings. This will be followed by an open Q and A between the speakers and audience. Please join us for this interactive session.

4:00pm - Conference Ends


RMIT University Building 80 is a short walk from Melbourne Central Station and on the Swanston Street Tram Route (stop 7). There are a number of city car parks in the vicinity that offer weekend rates.  You can view the venue map here.

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