AAEE Biennial Conference

AAEE Biennial Conference

Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides

28 September to 30 September 2021

The 21st Biennial AAEE Conference for environmental educators was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the WA Chapter looks forward to welcoming everyone to Mandurah, Western Australia this year. Follow this link to the AAEE Conference Website for more updates.


In 2021, the full conference will take place in Mandurah, a city renowned for its beautiful waterways, internationally recognised wetlands, ancient thrombolites and enchanting plants and wildlife. This global biodiversity hotspot truly is Mandjoogoordap: the meeting place of the heart.

This intergenerational, inclusive and inspiring event ensures delegates will be immersed in the latest thinking and exposed to the best information and resources. With sustainability professionals and educators from all sectors, including education, government, NGOs and community groups, ours is an audience that values authentic ideas and ways of working.

Inspired by moving local examples, resilience theory, and Mandurah’s relaxed waterside lifestyle, Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides aims to showcase innovative, practical and effective tools to help us “change the tides” of environmental and sustainability education.

Join us in the time of Kambarang, the season of birth, when the weather starts to warm, rain eases and we see an abundance of wildflowers and new arrivals. Together, we will explore, discuss and learn from others who are working to empower their communities to action change.

Sharing the latest in theory, policy and practice, our focus is turning this conference moment into a movement by challenging old thinking and fostering innovation and futures thinking. We look forward to changing the tides of this incredible field with you, and we welcome you to our Mandurah, our Mandjoogoordap…meeting place of the heart

Conference Chairs

Dr Jennifer Pearson, AAEE President; AAEE (WA), Convenor

Ms Bonnie Beal Richardson, City of Mandurah, Senior Environmental Education Officer

Miss Bella Burgemeister, Millennium Kids Youth Board

Conference Organising Group:

Dr Catherine Baudains, Education for Sustainability. Murdoch University

Mr Joshua Brown, Community Education Sustainability and Biosecurity. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Ms Catrina Aniere, CEO Millennium Kids Inc.

Ms Katherine Gaschk, Murdoch University, Waste Educator

Ms Amy Krupa, CEO South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare

Ms Sarah Stevenson, Whiteman Park Marketing and Events Officer

Ms Alanna Gardner Bell, Citizen Science WA

Ms Barbara Sing, Bushranger Cadet Coordinator, John Tonkin College

Dr Elaine Lewis, Cross Curricular Coordinator, Coolbinia Primary School

Ms Joselyn Juraszek  Projects Officer, Public Information and Corporate Affairs. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.