Lord Mayor’s Reception

Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017
Time: 1830-2000hrs
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – Swanston Street Melbourne

Summit participants are invited to attend the Lord Mayor’s Reception which will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall. Located in the heart of the CBD, the Melbourne Town Hall is the showcase destination for the city’s cultural and civic life that contribute to shaping the city’s future. Join us in the grandeur of the Town Hall for drinks and canapes and the chance to meet with new and old colleagues alike.

The Reception is included within registration and additional tickets may be purchased for $75 per person inc. GST. 

The Lord Mayor’s Reception is hosted by:


Imagining EcoMelbourne: Glimpses of our City’s Future

Date: Thursday 13 July 2017
Time: 1830-2000hrs
Venue: Swanston Hall (lower Melbourne Town Hall )
(90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD)
Transport:Please make you own way to the Conversation. Take a leisurely 25 minute walk along the river bank to Southbank or take tram 109 or 12 from Clarendon Street outside the MCEC and Crown Complex and alight at stop number 6, Collins and Swanston Street intersection
Cost: Complimentary
Dress Code:Smart casual

Melbourne Conversations is a series of free discussions in the city exploring issues and topics of interest to all Melburnians and visitors to the City. The series (re)connects people with the community through discussion, commentary and participation on vital issues and ideas.

Imagine a city as sustainable as a natural ecosystem. A city that consumes no more than it produces, assimilates its waste, and enables its surrounding environment to flourish. A city whose people work together to continually monitor and improve its systems.

It might sound utopian, but this ecocity vision is becoming a reality — for Melbourne and hundreds of other cities across the globe.

As the ECOCITY World Summit comes to town, four unique speakers will present their EcoMelbourne vision. From urban food systems to the built environment, citizen science and community activism, enjoy a sneak preview of our city’s future — and join the conversation about how we get there.

Speakers (with focus areas):

  • Shannon Dosemagen, Executive Director, PublicLab (citizen science)
  • Professor Katherine Gibson, Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University (imagining EcoMelbourne’s urban food system)
  • Luke Taylor, Director, Sustainable Living Festival (climate change, cultural change)
  • Rueben Berg, Director, Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (urban design and indigenous culture)

Host: Dr Kate Auty – ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

You are invited to join the Melbourne community in this event. Due to overwhelming popularity this event has sold out however a livestream of the event will be broadcast on the Melbourne Conversations Facebook page.

The Town Hall is located within easy walking distance of a number of eateries and restaurants enabling you to dine with prior to or following the Melbourne Conversations forum.


In conjunction with Thrive Research Hub, outstanding projects from students of The University of Melbourne will be exhibited in
the ground floor foyer. The displays explore how we can create positive human nature relationships to achieve a sustainable
thriving future.  

You will have the opportunity to discuss the installations with the students in Meeting Room 101 during the Poster Session from 1030-1200hrs on Friday 14 July.


Janet Stanley

We are delighted to announce the launch of How Great Cities Happen: Integrating People, Land Use and Transport. The book addresses this challenge by developing a wider, all-encompassing agenda for more productive, inclusive and sustainable
cities. The book launch will be launched Brendan Gleeson, the Director of MSSI  and David Hensher, Director of Institute of
Transport Logistic Studies, The University of Sydney.

Date: Thursday 14 July
Time: 1730-1815hrs
Location: Level One Foyer, Melbourne Convention Centre

Registration is not required for this activity

David Holmgren

David will be selling a selection of books relating to permaculture.

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1500-1530hrs
Location: Outside Meeting Room 109, Level One, Melbourne Convention Centre

Registration is not required for this activity

Community library

The Ecocity World Summit focuses on a myriad of subjects and issues our cities need to address if they are to become ecological and sustainable. Please feel free to browse or borrow the books, reports and issues papers on offer here in this Community Library. Brought to you by The University of Melbourne.


Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1200-1300hrs
Location: Meeting Room 207, Level One, Melbourne Convention Centre

Beyond Zero Emissions is proud to launch our Zero Carbon Communities Guide. This guide is for community groups and
councils who want to see rapid local progress towards zero emission. Key benefits of Zero Carbon Communities include significant growth in local jobs and investment, slashed electricity and gas bills for households, businesses and industry and a cleaner, healthier environment for local residents.