Invited Keynote Speakers

President, International Dark Sky Association Tasmania Inc

Landon Bannister has been working in the lighting industry for over 20 years. He is a passionate advocate of the important role light plays in influencing human health and emotion, and how this relates to the natural world.

He is a current Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand and sits on the local Chapter Management Committee where he is heavily involved in lighting education.

He is also President of International Dark- Sky Association Tasmania Inc. and a board member of the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS

Verity is a behavioural epidemiologist with a background in health promotion, and her main research interests are in understanding and promoting physical activity. Her work has focused on groups at risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities. She holds funding from the Heart Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Verity is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, is a member of Heart Foundation and NHMRC grant review panels and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, UTS

Director, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme

Principal Advisor Urban Design, Urban Design Team, Christchurch City Council

For over twenty years Josie has sought to craft urban places that express local identity, support equity and reinforce the importance of the natural environment.

Following the Canterbury earthquake in 2011, Josie returned to the ever evolving city of Ōtautahi Christchurch where she is the Principal Urban Designer at Christchurch City Council.

Josie is a passionate advocate for urban design, Committee Member of the New Zealand Urban Design Forum, Recognised Practitioner of Urban Design (UK), Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and a qualified Landscape Designer.

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