Darwin Living Lab Symposium 2023

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


The Darwin Living Lab Symposium was held on Thursday 27 July 2023 at the George Brown Botanic Gardens 

The focus of the 2023 Darwin Living Lab Symposium program was 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.   

Exploring Darwin challenges in detail 

The Symposium sought 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.  


Highlights – Darwin Living Lab Symposium 2023