Darwin Living Lab Symposium 2023

Sharing knowledge of best practice for climate adaptation and improving liveability across northern Australia  


The focus of the 2023 Darwin Living Lab Symposium is to share knowledge of best practice examples of heat mitigation and innovative approaches to cooling and improving liveability in cities and regions from across northern Australia.

Northern Australia encompasses a diverse range of climate zones, settlement types and cultural contexts. However, capturing and sharing knowledge across these diverse contexts on innovative approaches to addressing liveability challenges and responding to climate change risks can help to identify opportunities for improved approaches that can be adapted to the local context.   

This page will be update with more details on Symposium speakers and the program over coming months.

Exploring Darwin challenges in detail 

The Symposium will also seek participant input and local knowledge on the latest city-wide data for Darwin relating to key challenges in sustainability, liveability and resilience:  

  1. Reducing the urban heat island 
  2. Creating healthy outdoor environments 
  3. Water for cooling the city 
  4. Sustainability, towards net-zero 
  5. Improved indoor liveability.  

‘Save the date’ details

Date – Thursday 27 July 2023

Venue – Event Centre, George Brown Botanic Gardens, Darwin 

Master of Ceremonies

Amy Hetherington is a high energy MC, comedian, business owner and new mum from Darwin, Northern Territory. She engages her audience with a joyful combination of positivity, wit and charm. Amy has been facilitating and MCing functions and meetings for 10 years and has a bag of tricks for keeping the energy up and making sure it runs smoothly. As a comedian Amy has performed SOLD OUT shows at the Darwin Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival has supported comedy legends including Dave Hughes, Glenn Robbins, Fiona O’Loughlin and Jimeon and is currently touring a show called JUGGLE – which won the Best Overall Comedy Award at Perth Fringe. Amy is heavily involved in local events, community activities, mentoring and volunteering and believes making things more fun makes them more effective.