Program of G20-related events announced

A major pre-summit event on Strengthening Global Growth and a Women in Leadership conferenceare part of a series of G20-related initiatives unveiled by Griffith University today.

The extensive program of events will focus on the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane through varied lenses including business, tourism, science, religion, technology, economic growth, the arts, the environment and Australian-Sino relations.

The G20 Summit has also provided an exciting platform for Griffith students. Journalism students will provide coverage of the G20 from the Griffith School of Humanities Journalism Media Centre during the two weeks leading up to the Summit. In addition, 20 students, selected to be Griffith G20 Scholars, will continue to participate in and gain access to a series of G20 projects as part of a specially-designed course on the G20.

“Throughout 2014 Griffith University has endeavoured to raise awareness and nurture discussion and debate about the G20 in the wider community,” Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said.

“With this program of events, a range of world-respected experts has been assembled to consider key issues as they relate to the G20, the Queensland community and a global audience.”

The events include:

Griffith University has partnered with the G20 Research Group (University of Toronto) and the United States Studies Centre (University of Sydney) for the two main events. It has also collaborated with Brisbane Marketing Global Café, law firm Minter Ellison, Quest Community Newspapers, EC3 Global, GRM International, Lowy Institute for International Policy and the APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism.

Other events include:

  • School of Humanities G20 Journalism Media Centre (Nov 3-19)
  • G20 Summit Street Barbecue (Nov 7)
  • Beyond Aid: Business and Development Conference
  • G20 Sustainable Leaders Forum (Nov 13)

This suite of events, to be hosted in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, will feature contributions by world-renowned G20 authority, Professor John Kirton; Mike Callaghan AM, Director, G20 Studies Centre, Lowy Institute; Dr Brian Grim, an expert on the socio-economic impact of restrictions on religious freedom; and former Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO.

A joint exhibition of artworks to mark the 15th anniversary of cooperation between Griffith University and Shandong University of Art will also be opened. Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor will welcome a delegation from China to Queensland College of Art on Saturday, November 15, for the event which coincides with the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Further details on each event are available on Griffith University’s G20 Summit page.