Conference and Event Management


School of Landscape Architecture (SOLA) Research Symposium 2016


Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November

Call for Papers is closed.
To register online, please proceed to the “Registration” tab below.

Download the Final programme 

Call for papers
Key dates
Venue and location
Keynote speaker


Cities are particularly vulnerable to the anticipated effects of climate change and there is a pressing need to improve their ability to not only adapt to this change, but also to thrive. Both green infrastructure (e.g. parks, river corridors and wetlands) and grey infrastructure (e.g. streets, squares, storm water management systems and transport infrastructures) perform crucial services for cities, occupy similar locations in the urban landscape and can be viewed as potentially complementary. While integrating systems allows for higher, more efficient and cost-effective performance, they are often planned, designed and managed as separate entities with competing agendas.

For this symposium, the topic has been conceptualised as broad, open-ended, interdisciplinary and highly inclusive, welcoming participants from a variety of disciplines including (but not limited to) landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, urban planning, geography, urban ecology, environmental management, urban sociology and traffic engineering.

The symposium is aimed at exploring, investigating and evaluating planning, design and management of integrated urban grey and green infrastructure in support of healthier and ecologically viable cities, increased social sustainability and community resilience in the expectation of significant environmental change.


Call for papers

We would like to invite scholars and postgraduate students from Australia and New Zealand to submit abstracts of a proposed research paper to be presented at the symposium. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. They should clearly outline the research topic and questions, research method(s) and (expected) findings. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous referees; feedback will be provided to the authors. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper and present their research at the symposium. Accepted papers will be, with the agreement of the authors, peer-reviewed and published in the symposium’s proceedings or (preferably) in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Please submit your abstract (one PDF or MS Word document) by 25 May 2016 to

Key dates
Process Date
Call for papers 11 April 2016
Deadline for submitted abstracts 25 May 2016
Registration for authors opens May 2016
Review of abstracts completed / feedback to authors 27 June 2016
Registration for authors closes 15 September 2016
Deadline for full paper submissions 31 October 2016
Symposium 9 & 10 November 2016


Registrations for the symposium are now open. Please click here to register.

Attendance fees are NZ$50.00 for academic staff and NZ$30.00 for postgraduate students. Included in the fees are the costs for catering (lunches and tea/coffee breaks) and a field trip.
Accepted authors are expected to register and present their paper at the symposium. Fees are payable when registering.


Venue and location

Lincoln University
Ellesmere Junction Road/Springs Road

Keynote speaker

Dr Janis Birkeland

Dr Janis Birkeland is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, former professor of architecture at Queensland University of Technology, and former professor of sustainable design at the University of Auckland.

She originated the theory of net positive development and design, and taught and published various aspects of the subject for over a decade. Her PhD was Planning for Sustainability (1993) and her books include Positive Development, Mapping Regional Metabolism and Design for Sustainability.

She has published more than 125 papers and given over 125 invited lectures in her 20-year academic career. She is currently taking time out to finish a book on specific methods, models and metrics to enable urban environments that have eco-positive outcomes in addition to regenerating the ecology and revitalising the community and economy.

In the good old days, she was a lawyer, architect and planner in San Francisco.


Lincoln Motel
Famous Grouse Hotel 


Dr Andreas Wesener
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design
School of Landscape Architecture
Telephone: +64 3 423 0460