Darwin Living Lab Symposium 2022: Knowledge into Practice

Wednesday 3 August 2022, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (ACST)

The Darwin Living Lab (the ‘Lab’) seeks to improve Darwin’s liveability, sustainability and resilience through heat mitigation and improved urban design for the wet/dry tropics. The Lab brings together scientific expertise with local knowledge to evaluate innovations for a cooler and more sustainable Darwin. An objective of the Lab is help engage local practitioners in sharing knowledge, while developing awareness of cooling initiatives and supporting research underway through the Darwin City Deal and the Feeling Cooler in Darwin Heat Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy.      

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Symposium, which will focus on translating knowledge into practice. The symposium is a chance to learn more about research underway as part of the Lab and how this knowledge can be applied locally.  It will also offer a forum to engage with a diversity of local perspectives with an interest in creating a more liveable, cooler and sustainable Darwin.

The Symposium is seeking participation from professionals and practitioners, peak industry representatives, community interest groups, and researchers.

Program outline

The symposium will encompass three themes, which will be explored through presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshop sessions. The symposium themes are:

  • Navigating change in Darwin – How is Darwin changing, what are the challenges and tensions at play, and what mechanisms are there for Darwin to transition to a cooler and thriving capital city?
  • Community and Indigenous knowledge for improving heat-related liveability – What approaches are being used to cool urban landscapes and how can green infrastructure provide increased heat mitigation and biodiversity outcomes for Darwin?
  • Advancing energy efficiency and indoor thermal comfort in Darwin – How can Darwin’s built environment and occupant behaviour be adapted to improve indoor thermal comfort while reducing emissions associated with cooling indoor spaces?


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