2015 Big History Anthropocene conference

Law and Governance panel

Over 30 leading academics and researchers from across the world converged on Macquarie University in December 2015 for the Big History Anthropocene Conference: A Transdisciplinary Exploration.

Explore big issues with global impact 

The three day conference ran from the 9th to 11th December 2015 and tackled the most critical challenges facing humanity. The human race has had such a profound impact on the climate and environment of the Earth that some have proposed we have entered a new geological era: the Anthropocene.

Together speakers and attendees examined the Anthropocene from different disciplinary perspectives to help clarify some of the implications of this new era for political and economic decision-making.  

Big History, big future discussion panel

Speakers included:

  • Will Steffen - Australian National University, Climate Change
  • Sylvester James Gates Jr. - University of Maryland, Physicist and US President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology
  • Jan Zalasiewicz - University of Leicester, Paleobiologist
  • Linda Beaumont - Macquarie University, Biologist
  • Klaus Bosselmann - University of Auckland, Environmental Law
  • David Christian - Macquarie University, Historian and Director of Big History Institute
  • David Grinspoon - Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute
  • Peter Brown - McGill University, Environmental Economist
  • David Karoly - University Melbourne, Atmospheric Scientist
  • Lavina Lee - Macquarie University, Political Scientist
  • Jon Erickson - University of Vermont, Ecological Economist
  • Elise Bohan - Macquarie University, PhD Candidate

Sessions included:

  • Defining the Anthropocene
  • Ecosystems, Boundaries, and Species
  • Economics for the Anthropocene
  • Law and Governance for the Anthropocene
  • Climate Change, Health, and Population
  • Humanity's Long Term Prospects
  • Reflections on Paris COP21

 

Download the conference program here

David Christian speaking at Big History Anthropocene conference