National Convention of Churchill Fellows Canberra 27-29 October
10 Jul 2017
Over the Horizon: What Happened Next?
The ACT Churchill Fellows' Association (ACTCFA) is pleased to be hosting the next National Convention in Canberra this October at the 'Shine Dome' (Australian Academy of Science)
Draft Event Program
FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2017
Registration from 1.00pm
Convention commences at 2.00pm
Keynotes: What Happened Next? (Public Event)
Keynote Dr Michele Bruniges AM (Secretary of the Australian Department of Education and Training)
Michele will share how aspects from her Fellowship in 2000 helped shape her personal and professional pathway.
Keynote Cathy McGowan (MLA Indi)
Cathy will share how aspects from Fellowship in 1990 helped shape her personal and professional pathway.
Big Conversation (Public Event)
Michele and Cathy will be joined by three prominent government and corporate based Fellows to discuss the opportunities and challenges of gaining traction and sharing your findings after your Fellowship experience.
A relaxed, social gathering to share fine wine and conversation and to be surprised by the engaging pop-up entertainment of our creative ACT Fellows.
Excitement awaits those wanting to partake in our nocturnal delights. Choose to take a guided tour throughout a protected wildlife sanctuary to observe spotted quolls and other rare creatures; dare yourself with a ghost tour through the Film and Sound Archives (Canberra’s most haunted building), take a guided tour of the heritage listed Shine Dome or chill out in the bar at University House.
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017
Convention continues from 9.00am
Big ConversationsThere will be 5 'Big Conversations' on the following broad topics (TBC):
- Our past, our future (history, education, science, technology, climate change)
- People at the edge (marginalized and vulnerable communities, rural and remote communities, health services)
- Our changing population (aging, multicultural, disability, indigenous)
- Our creative world (performing arts, creative arts, therapy)
- Moving Forward: Professional development tools for returned Fellows (technology and social media, speaking circuits, networking opportunities)
Each conversation will comprise three to four Fellows outlining ways their Fellowship opened up their career, workplace, community or chosen field
(6 minutes, 6 slides, TEDx style). These will be followed by a facilitated Q&A to explore opportunities and challenges the Fellowship provides.
Focus Group Talks
This is a time to connect and explore the challenges faced by the different sectors. Focus topics (TBC) include:
- Defence and military
- Emergency services
- Rural communities
- Our changing environment
Each Focus group will start with a panel of three to four Fellows from the specific sector, briefly outlining their Fellowship findings. Other participants will join in discussion around the issues facing their sector as we move into the future.
The Big Issues (Public Event)
Our day concludes with a robust discussion on the biggest issues Fellows encounter on their journey, and the best ways to fulfill the potential of the Fellowship into the future.
90-minute walking and cycling tours of the local precinct exploring a variety of Fellowship topics - planning, gardening, smart cities...
A fabulous exhibition showcasing the creative artistic works of local Fellows.
Many of our Fellows have produced books, artwork, and items of saleable quantities. The showcase will display these items with details outlining how the items can be purchased.
Saturday 28 October 6.30pm for 7.00pm until 10.00pm
Dining under the wings of G-for-George in the Great Hall of the Australian War Memorial.
Guest speakers include Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial and Mr David Crotty (1998 Fellow) who was integral in the restoration of the plane under which we will be sitting.
We will also experience two amazing musical performances that will tingle your spine.
Be prepared for an unforgettable experience.
SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017
Convention continues 8.00am for breakfast
Tours commence from 10.30am
Start the day with a relaxed and casual breakfast in the surrounds of University House.
Explore the special, quirky and unique side of Canberra’s spaces and places. Join one of the many interesting tours hosted by local Churchill Fellows.
Locations to be confirmed.
Our Convention concludes with a unique performance from several Churchill Fellows in the impressive space of the High Court of Australia.
If you would like to lead a tour or showcase your merchandise at the Convention please contact Kirsty Guster Convention Administrator by email to email@example.com
Expect to receive your official Convention Invitation including program, costs to attend and accommodation options by mid-July.