Thanks for buying a ticket for Students of Sustainability 2015, we can’t wait
This blog will help you navigate around some pretty important information on arriving at SOS, what to expect when you're here and some other key essentials. If you have any specific questions or concerns check our Frequently asked questions section on our website or email email@example.com
Getting to SoS
Driving to Flinders Uni
If you are traveling to Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway (M1), at the end of the freeway at the major intersection at the bottom of the hill when you arrive at Adelaide, turn left onto Cross Road. Travel west along Cross Road then turn left and travel south on Goodwood Road. Follow Goodwood road toward Darlington and join up with South Road before turning left on Sturt Road and entering Flinders Uni.
From the Airport
If you don’t want to pay for a taxi from the airport it is really cheap to get from to get to the city from Adelaide airport. For the price of a regular metro bus ticket you can get on any of the “J” busses to take you into town. You can then get on another bus to Flinders Uni (see below)
From the Interstate Bus Terminal
Exit the bus terminal onto either Grote street or Franklin street. Head east a few blocks to King William Street where you can get a metro-bus to Flinders Uni (see below)
From the city via metro-bus
At stop 'W1, on King William Street get a G10/G40 to take you to Flinders. These Adelaide Metro buses will generally come every 10 minutes on a week day and the bus the trip will be about 45 minutes. You will need to get off at stop 26A, once off there will be signs and you will be able to see the SoS marquee.
To find out more about Adelaide Metro timetables and services visit: adelaidemetro.com.au
Please come to the rego desk (see map below) upon arrival at Flinders University. You can check off your name and receive a conference lanyard which you will need to carry with you during SoS so we know who has paid.
At the rego desk you will need to sign up for your volunteer shifts. SOS is run entirely by volunteers, and in order for the conference to be a success, we need everyone to pitch in and lend a hand. We kindly ask that all conference attendees undertake at least 2 volunteer shifts throughout the week. You can sign up to shifts before arriving by filling out this form
The SoS rego desk opens at 1pm on Tuesday the 7th of July at the gym at Sturt campus, Flinders University and will be open from 8.30am to 6pm every day of the conference.
Attendees are welcome to stay the night of the 12th of July and breakfast will be provided on the 13th for those travelling home that day.
Welcome Dinner - 4pm Tuesday 7th July - Warri Parri
SoS will be starting the festivities early, with an official Kaurna Welcome and Smoking Ceremony by Aunty Georgina Williams & Karl Winda Telfer.
This event is a joint SOS & NAIDOC event, with the aim to bring people together to meet, be welcomed onto country, listen to stories, and begin to make lasting connections to move forward together in shaping our shared future.
This pre-conference event will be held at Warriparinga - the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre from 4pm-8pm, and will include a BBQ dinner by suggested donation of $5 - $10 (Aboriginal Elders & Delegates free) and is open to the public. Meat and vegetarian options available.
Please register your attendance here for catering purposes
Flinders University has kindly allowed us a camping space on the baseball oval at sturt campus within very close proximity of amenities, conference spaces and transport. 24 hour access to showers and toilets will be available at the uni gym which is right next to the main conference camping.
What to Bring
Bring clothes and sleeping gear for the Cold! Expect temperatures ranging from 18° to 5° but Flinders Uni is in the foothills so there will probably be rain and there will definitely be windy. So bring a warm sleeping bag, warm jacket, rain jacket and make sure your tent is adequatly waterproof. *** please note. The conference is now 100% dry - due to misunderstanding about policies. Apologies for this change. No alcohol is allowed to be consumed within Flinders University- if we see people drinking we are obliged that they 'put it away'.***
Other essentials include eating gear (cup, plate, bowl, spoon, fork, knife - or various combinations of these!). There's a list of other useful things you could bring on the website.
Program, planeries, docos and entertainment
You can download a PDF of the conference program guide here. If you haven't already check out our workshops and plenary speakers and remember to submit a question to the speakers on this form.
We have a huge line-up of entertainment each night from 7:30 with Music in the main marquee and documentary screenings.
We all want to have an awesome time at SoS so there are some housekeeping rules to go over to keep everyone happy. Participants are encouraged to use safe, positive and constructive behaviour at all times. For more information on expected behaviour, please see our Safer Spaces policy and Participants' Agreement for involvement at SOS
Allergies and Dietary requirements
If you have a food allergy or dietary requirement that you have not put down when you bought your ticket please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Thank you from all the SoS 2015 Organisers
One Week, One Day from now...
Kevin Buzzacott, or Uncle Kev, is an elder of the Arabunna nation whose ongoing attempts to limit the expansion of the uranium mining industry in South Australia, and his attempts to increase awareness of the dangers this poses to his people in northern South Australia, has for years fallen on the deaf ears of apathetic governments.
Now, with the issue of nuclear power a hot topic issue once again in South Australia, we have the pleasure of welcoming Uncle Kev to this year's Students of Sustainability in Adelaide. In his appearances in the opening morning plenary and in his own workshop you can expect to be illuminated concerning the impacts of uranium mining and production on the native peoples in the less populous areas of the countries, including releasing unacceptable amounts of radiation and the depletion of the Great Artesian Basin at a rate of 33 million litres per day.
With the conference now only one week and one day away, if you have never heard of the impacts of the nuclear industry in South Australia, meeting and learning from Kevin Buzzacott is a great place to start.
Uncle Kev will be part of the panel of the Wednesday the 8th Plenary and will be hosting his own workshop Sunday the 12th at 1:40pm.
Wow ..... less than a month till Students Of Sustainability!
Have you booked your ticket yet?
We also have some very exciting news ....
the draft program for the conference has just been released!
You can check out the incredible plenary speakers and daily themes here ....
as well as the 'draft' workshop program, which is now available for you to check out.
Keep checking our website over the next few weeks, as we will be adding a lot more information, and will be releasing the night time entertainment and field trips.
We will also upload some downloadable PDF's of the program to make it easy for you to read the program, whilst we start the process of developing the conference program booklet.
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted a workshop proposal. We had over 130 submissions and it has been quite the mission timetabling, and trying to accommodate everyone's proposals. If you haven't heard from us about your workshop proposal yet - please email email@example.com
We will write more about the program content in our next blog - there is so many incredible workshops taking place. Our movement has a lot of amazing people - it is going to be fantastic to bring us all together.
In the mean time - take a peek at the workshop abstracts and be inspired!
Don't forget to book your ticket
You won't want to miss this year's SOS.
Permaculture at SOS
From July 7th to 12th the Students of Sustainability, ideas, arts and action Festival will be happening at Flinders University in Adelaide.
Students of Sustainability (SoS) is the largest and longest running environmental & social justice conference in Australia and brings together environmentalists, social justice advocates and activists from all over the country to share ideas and action. Beginning in Canberra in 1991, SOS is now the premier event on the calendar of the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN).
The theme of this years SoS is Nourishing our roots and will have a focus on community and grass-roots activism as well as a strong focus on permaculture, community gardening and sustainable building.
The facilities at Flinders University offer a great opportunity to explore Permaculture during SoS. For over ten years the Flinders Community Permaculture Garden has been operating on campus and is one of the largest student run community gardens at an Australian university. Its the perfect place for participants to get hands on experience in practical permaculture skills as the garden offers established fruit trees, garden beds, compost heap and a worm farm. The garden is also a great place to relax and escape the busy conference.
So far a variety of permaculture related workshops are planned for the conference on subjects including, permaculture 101, composting, seed swapping, upcycling, tiny houses, local produce and the gift economy.
During the conference, garden club president Kegan Daly will be running hands on workshops at the gardens gazebo site, (which will include learning techniques around earthships, straw bale and earthbag construction) and lead discussions around how to go about developing off-grid projects based upon ecological principles and materials.
SoS strives to offer a comprehensive conference that is affordable and accessible to as many participants as possible in a format that offers do-it-yourself solutions to many of the problems our communities and planet is facing.
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Workshop Submissions close 27th May
Workshop submissions close on 27th of May.
Do you have a workshop you would like to hold at Students of Sustainability?
Submit your workshops here.
Daily themes and objects can be found here
We have already had some pretty incredible workshops submissions so far. . but we sure would like some more.
If you have anything thought provoking, informative, artistic, fun, or anything else that fits quite well into SOS objectives and themes - then please consider submitting a workshop proposal.
Once workshops submissions are closed we will be in touch.
Think out side the box - SOS is all about inclusivity and skill-sharing together.
We are planning themes that will connect with the plenaries, workshops, skillshares, excursions, and entertainment held each day.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of our 5 day, 5 theme plan!