11th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting and Symposium

RCE Greater Western Sydney (RCE-GWS) and Western Sydney University’s Learning Transformations (opens in a new window) is hosting the 11th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting (A-P RCE Meeting) in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia from 25 September 2018. This will be held in conjunction with the Symposium ‘Mainstreaming the SDGs: Impact and Education’ on 26 September and will commence with the first Asia-Pacific Youth Virtual Summit held on 24 September 'Youth for the Goals: Climate Action and Life Below Water' as part of the first Youth SDG Challenge 2018. Field trip visits will follow on 27 September. This event is an initiative of the University's 21st Century Curriculum Renewal Project (opens in a new window), which supports our cross disciplinary flagship sustainability work.

All the events are hosted by RCE Greater Western Sydney and Western Sydney University with the support of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).

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Registrations for this event are now closed.

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Program and Event Package

Please download a copy of the RCE Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting and Symposium program (PDF, 617.27 KB) (opens in a new window). View the Event Package for more information.

Key Dates

  • Sunday, 1 July - Close of registration for fund support and Visa support (Form A and C)
  • Sunday, 1 July - Close of case study applications (Form B)
  • Tuesday, 3 August - Close of submission for updated Action Plans of your RCE
  • Friday, 10 August - Close of participant registration (participants NOT applying for fund support)
  • Monday, 24 September - Asia-Pacific Youth Virtual Conference on  'Youth for the Goals: Climate Action and Life Below Water' and Welcome Cocktail Function
  • Tuesday, 25 September to Thursday 27 September - AP RCE Meeting, Symposium and Field trips


The AP RCE Meeting and Symposium will be held at the Parramatta 1PSQ City Campus (opens in a new window) at 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Registrations to attend are required.

Public transport - use the interactive travel planner on Transport NSW (opens in a new window) for up to date travel information. The venue is located approximately 25 - 45 minutes from Sydney CBD via train.

Walk - The Parramatta City campus at 169 Macquarie Street is less than a five minute walk from Parramatta train station.

Drive - You are encouraged to view the Parramatta CBD map [PDF, 563Kb] (opens in a new window) for parking options in this area. Please note NO on-site parking is available. If you are staying at the Ibis Budget Wentworthville, transport to the venue will be provided by RCE-GWS.

Map - Parramatta City campus map [PDF, 800Kb] (opens in a new window).



Recommended hotel:

Ibis Budget Wentworthville Hotel (opens in a new window)
Address: 377-383 Great Western Hwy, Wentworth Ville, Holroyd, New South Wales 2145, Australia
Tel:  +61 2 9769 1240
Transport to/from venue provided by RCE-GWS (25 & 26 September). Drive time: 15 minutes

RCE-GWS is securing a limited number of rooms for RCE self-funded participants at this Hotel. Room reservations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. Accommodation fee (single occupancy, non-smoking room) inclusive tax is AUD$99 per person/night. This includes;

  • Transportation from/to the hotel and to/from the venue will be provided by RCE-GWS on Tuesday 26 September and Wednesday 25 September.
  • Transportation for field trips (27 September) will be provided by RCE-GWS to collect participants from Hotel
  • A light breakfast will be provided at the venue prior to registration on Tuesday and Wednesday for participants registered as staying at this hotel.

For reservations, please email RCE-GWS under the subject: “AP RCE Ibis Budget Accommodation” a week before the payment cut-off date. Please also include a completed copy of your AP Registration Form (DOCX, 34.04 KB) (opens in a new window). In your email, please

  • Your title and full name
  • Institution
  • Country
  • Check in and check out date and time
  • Number of rooms required.

You must pay in full by 11:59pm, Friday, 10 August 2018 (AEST) to secure your reservation. Please note: It is essential that payment is received by this date to secure your room booking. If payment is not received by this date/time, a booking will not be made on your behalf and you will have to source your own accommodation and manage your travel arrangements.

Other nearby hotels to the venue are available:

Mantra Parramatta (opens in a new window)
Address: Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave, Parramatta, NSW 2150, Australia
Tel: +61 7 5665 4450
Walking time to venue: 5 minutes

Meriton Suites George Street Parramatta (opens in a new window)
Address: 180 George Street, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8831 4300
Walking time to venue: 5 minutes

Novatel Parramatta (opens in a new window)
Address: 350 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9630 4999
Walking time to venue: 5 minutes

The easiest way to get to your accommodation/venue is via train. For more please see the public transport planning and information (opens in a new window) website.

Case Study Symposium Presentations

Participants are eligible to apply for present as part of the Symposium on ‘Mainstreaming the SDGs: Education and Impact” on a short case study. There are 3 streams available to present around the 3Ps and their cross-cutting SDGs for each of these include SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals and SDG 4.7 – Education for Sustainable Development:

  1. Stream 1 - People
    SDG 1 – No Poverty; SDG 2 – No Hunger; SDG 3 – Good Health; SDG 4 – Quality Education; SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities; SDG 16 – Justice and Peace
  2. Stream 2 - Prosperity
    SDG 7 – Renewable Energy; SDG 8 – Good Jobs and Economic Growth; SDG 9 – Innovation and Infrastructure; SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption
  3. Stream 3 - Planet
    SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation; SDG 13 – Climate Action; SDG 14 – Life Below Water; SDG 15 – Life On Land

Deadline for submissions is now closed.

Lightning Presentations

Each RCE will have the opportunity to participate in a lightening presentation. This style of presentation is a quick, targeted snapshots of an initiative or project. The objective is to deliver an engaging, lively talk in 5 minutes or less using ONLY x1 Powerpoint slide that will lay the foundations for continued conversations and collaborations during our networking time. Your slide must include the following:

  1. RCE name and country
  2. RCE Challenge/Issue
  3. RCE Educational Strategy and Response to challenge/issue (from point 2)
  4. How this links to the SDGs and what targets this initiative addresses?

These presentations will be maximum of 5 minutes, with strictly 1 presenter from each RCE. The power/sound will shut down once your time limit is reached. You will be notified when you have minute to conclude your presentation. Please submit your slide by 17th September 2018 to RCE-GWS for inclusion.

For enquiries contact the Support Team.

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