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Creating a healthier and more sustainable future


We are used to observing things in isolation. It is a result of specialized knowledge – our own “discipline” or “area of expertise”. Despite our best efforts, this approach has limitations. The environment we live in is much more complex and interconnected.

At the Active Living Laboratory, we try to do things differently. We take a multi-disciplinary approach that embraces multiple specialized areas of knowledge and reaches out to different sectors. The result? A more complete and deeper understanding of the world around us and a greater potential for translation of research into practice and policy.

We are hosting our inaugural symposium to facilitate and grow an international, multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue related to Active Living and Environment.

Symposium themes include Health, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability.

This multidisciplinary symposium will bring together international and national experts from multiple sectors including academia, government, public health, urban design, transportation and environment.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn from international and national experts from multiple disciplines and sectors
  • Exchange ideas and engage in an interdisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue
  • Showcase your research findings, programs, interventions, case studies or impact of policy or advocacy
  • Extend your networks
  • Engage in facilitating the change towards a healthier and more sustainable future, and
  • Explore what the University of Otago, Dunedin and New Zealand have to offer.

Working together we can take new steps towards a healthier and more sustainable future.

We warmly invite you to join us at the International Symposium “Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future” held 28-30 August 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand

Download symposium programme.

Download symposium poster.

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Register today.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Otago in August 2017!

Dr Sandra Mandic (Chair)
Dr Christina Ergler 
Assoc Prof Antoni Moore

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