1st International Conference on the Nature of Wellbeing -  Nature - Developing Partnerships for the Future

1st International Conference on the Nature of Wellbeing - Developing Partnerships for the Future

1st International Conference on the Nature of Wellbeing - Developing Partnerships for the Future, Brisbane 12 – 13 October 2020
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There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.

Calvin Coolidge

Conference Theme

This interdisciplinary and international conference is a platform where nature meets wellness. The conference aims to deepen an understanding of nature and nature-based solutions that promote a reciprocal relationship with people's long-term physical and mental wellbeing - as well as sustainable health for the environment. Our gathering is of unique interest to Health Practitioners, Health Psychologists, Environmental Psychologists, Positive Psychologists, physical activity experts, public health professionals, policy makers, academicians, researchers, urban planners, educators, environmentalists, forest conservation workers, sports promoters, as well as professionals from the sustainable tourism industry. Our goal is to discuss solution-focused ways of promoting the wellbeing of our human and environmental health.

Leading experts in the field of health, environment, policy and research will distinctly highlight the importance of sustaining the natural world - our natural landscapes, forests, rivers and the ocean create a healthy environment and biodiversity, which are an essential contribution to health and wellbeing. Its primary goal is to share and discuss how our connection to nature and its benefits should be at the heart of policy making in public health, social care & education … and how nature-based interventions and activities should be in line with nature strategies set out by the Australian government by the year 2030.

Australia's strategy for nature

"Our Vision Australia's nature, now and into the future, is healthy and resilient to threats, and valued both in its own right and for its essential contribution to our health, wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life.
We plan to take a closer look at what partnerships and strategies can be implemented in order to deal with the impeding health and environmental issues arising from an increase in population and climate change, all while working towards environmentally sustainable economic growth."

The conference aims to offer solutions for city dwellers who have become disconnected from nature by introducing nature-based urban planning approaches.

According to Australia’s biennial national report card on health, $467 million is spent on health care - or $19 per person per day on average. Additionally, it states that around 45% of Australians (aged 16–85) will experience some sort of mental illness or dysfunction in their life - most commonly: anxiety, substance abuse (alcohol) and mood disorders (depression).

Although there still lacks complete scientific certainty on nature and its positive effects, recent research has shown that connecting with nature is an important factor for our health and psychological wellbeing. Some additional studies conclude that connecting with nature helps people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and other mood disorders. More studies on nature have shown to help people with feelings of social isolation, lowering chances of developing ADHD and improving physical health e.g., chronic pain, cardiac illness, respiratory functions, better eyesight, improved memory and cognition.

Evidence also points to nature connection being linked to the development of pro-environmental and pro-conservation behaviors, which, in turn, can lead to improved outcomes for the natural environment.
During the two day conference, a range of information sharing formats will be used: speaker/ keynote presentations, oral poster presentations, poster exhibitions and an interactive lunch. Plenary sessions will be interspersed throughout the day with question and answer sessions, panel discussions, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as social activities. This informative two day event will provide a valuable opportunity to network, share knowledge and ideas, and consider collaborative projects.

Delegates are invited to register their area of specialization and interest through submission of abstract proposals (link abstract submission). Please submit 300 words for either an oral or poster abstract submission. A 15 mins presentation can be given for an oral abstract on theory, research, case studies and practice.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Board (ARB) of the conference

You are invited to submit abstracts with core themes of:

Connection to nature
Research findings on human-nature relationship and its impact on health
Nature-based urban planning approaches
Nature-based programs for children
Development of collaborative partnerships
Nature & Spirituality
Nature-based tourism and benefits to health
Prescribing time in nature
Physical activity and Nature

We welcome cutting-edge research, innovative practice ideas, as well as research-in-progress. Together we can create positive networking and growth opportunities for everyone involved.
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Quote:

There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.

Calvin Coolidge

Conference Theme

This interdisciplinary and international conference is a platform where nature meets wellness. The conference aims to deepen an understanding of nature and nature-based solutions that promote a reciprocal relationship with people's long-term physical and mental wellbeing - as well as sustainable health for the environment. Our gathering is of unique interest to Health Practitioners, Health Psychologists, Environmental Psychologists, Positive Psychologists, physical activity experts, public health professionals, policy makers, academicians, researchers, urban planners, educators, environmentalists, forest conservation workers, sports promoters, as well as professionals from the sustainable tourism industry. Our goal is to discuss solution-focused ways of promoting the wellbeing of our human and environmental health.

Leading experts in the field of health, environment, policy and research will distinctly highlight the importance of sustaining the natural world - our natural landscapes, forests, rivers and the ocean create a healthy environment and biodiversity, which are an essential contribution to health and wellbeing. Its primary goal is to share and discuss how our connection to nature and its benefits should be at the heart of policy making in public health, social care & education … and how nature-based interventions and activities should be in line with nature strategies set out by the Australian government by the year 2030.

Australia's strategy for nature

"Our Vision Australia's nature, now and into the future, is healthy and resilient to threats, and valued both in its own right and for its essential contribution to our health, wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life.
We plan to take a closer look at what partnerships and strategies can be implemented in order to deal with the impeding health and environmental issues arising from an increase in population and climate change, all while working towards environmentally sustainable economic growth."

The conference aims to offer solutions for city dwellers who have become disconnected from nature by introducing nature-based urban planning approaches.

According to Australia’s biennial national report card on health, $467 million is spent on health care - or $19 per person per day on average. Additionally, it states that around 45% of Australians (aged 16–85) will experience some sort of mental illness or dysfunction in their life - most commonly: anxiety, substance abuse (alcohol) and mood disorders (depression).

Although there still lacks complete scientific certainty on nature and its positive effects, recent research has shown that connecting with nature is an important factor for our health and psychological wellbeing. Some additional studies conclude that connecting with nature helps people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and other mood disorders. More studies on nature have shown to help people with feelings of social isolation, lowering chances of developing ADHD and improving physical health e.g., chronic pain, cardiac illness, respiratory functions, better eyesight, improved memory and cognition.

Evidence also points to nature connection being linked to the development of pro-environmental and pro-conservation behaviors, which, in turn, can lead to improved outcomes for the natural environment.
During the two day conference, a range of information sharing formats will be used: speaker/ keynote presentations, oral poster presentations, poster exhibitions and an interactive lunch. Plenary sessions will be interspersed throughout the day with question and answer sessions, panel discussions, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as social activities. This informative two day event will provide a valuable opportunity to network, share knowledge and ideas, and consider collaborative projects.

Delegates are invited to register their area of specialization and interest through submission of abstract proposals (link abstract submission). Please submit 300 words for either an oral or poster abstract submission. A 15 mins presentation can be given for an oral abstract on theory, research, case studies and practice.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Board (ARB) of the conference

You are invited to submit abstracts with core themes of:

Connection to nature
Research findings on human-nature relationship and its impact on health
Nature-based urban planning approaches
Nature-based programs for children
Development of collaborative partnerships
Nature & Spirituality
Nature-based tourism and benefits to health
Prescribing time in nature
Physical activity and Nature

We welcome cutting-edge research, innovative practice ideas, as well as research-in-progress. Together we can create positive networking and growth opportunities for everyone involved.

Programme

 

Programme to be announced

Registration Fees

9th to 10th July 2020 – Brisbane, Australia

Abstract Submissions

 

 

Details

Call For Papers

The Deadline for abstract submissions are as follows:
Oral Abstracts: 31st January 2020
Poster Abstracts: 30th April 2020

 

Submission steps
1
Download the submission form (pdf) from our web site. Please note this form should be completed using Adobe Reader.
2
Fill in the form, save it and return it to: [email protected]
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The presenting author must pay registration fee (latest 10 days after admission of abstract).
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Wait for our feedback

The organizing committee at Forums and Events is pleased to invite you to submit original abstracts for oral- and poster presentations for our upcoming 1st International Conference On The Nature Of Wellbeing - Developing Partnerships For The Future, which will take place from the 9th to the 10th of July 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. Abstracts will be selected on a “first come first serve” basis.

Please refer to our guidelines below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference & Events Team on: [email protected]

All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English and should not be longer than 300 words. Enter the full name of your abstract exactly as it appears in your abstract document. This will be used for printing in the final programme. Author's, whose abstracts are accepted, must attend the meeting and present in person.

The Abstract should be no longer than 300 words in total.
Enter the full name of your abstract exactly as it appears in your abstract document. This will be used for printing in the final programme. Author's, whose abstracts are accepted, must attend the meeting and present in person.

Please structure your abstract according to the following headings:
Introduction or objective
Methods
Results
Conclusions and/or discussion
Acknowledgments


For poster abstracts, please ensure that the size of the poster should correspond to portrait DIN A0 format. Dimensions are: 1189 x 841 mm or 46.8 x 33.1 in90 x 120 cm. Ideally, each poster will be self-explanatory, but there will be a session where presenting authors are expected to be available near their poster to answer questions and engage in discussions.

All accepted abstracts will be printed in the meeting abstract book. This book will be distributed to all participants at the meeting and is included in the registration fee.

To update your abstract, please send the revised version to the Conference office: [email protected]

Submitting an oral and poster abstract is free of charge but presenting authors must register and attend the Conference should their abstract be accepted. Only fully registered and paid presenters and co-presenters will be included in the final programme.

After your abstract submission, we will confirm receipt of your abstract submission by email within 3 working days. If you do not receive this confirmation by e-mail, please contact the Organizing Committee at [email protected]

Please provide the delegate details in the above form, click "Add to cart" followed by "Checkout". If you wish to add another delegate, please click "Add a Delegate" first, complete the delegate details in above form and then "Add to cart" followed by "Checkout".

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