Limits to Growth Symposium

Name:Limits to Growth Symposium
Calendar:1-day meetings & lectures
When:Wed, December 11, 2013 - Thu, December 12, 2013

Limits to Growth Symposium: Beyond the Point of InflexionUNSW logo

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW is hosting a full day symposium on Limits to Growth on 11 December 2013 at Parade Theatre, NIDA, Sydney.
This will be followed by a Q&A session on the evening of the 12 December 2013 at UNSW.
The event is part of this year's Mathematics of Planet Earth.MRE2013

Date & Venue: Wednesday 11 December at 9:00 am; Parade Theatre, NIDA, Sydney.

Date & Venue: Thursday 12 December, 18:00–19:30; Leighton Hall, UNSW, Sydney

The focus of the event will be to address key questions:

  • Is economic growth forever sustainable?
  • What impact would a stagnant or declining population have on GDP?
  • Can mathematical models guide policy makers in answering these questions?
  • What is the strategic plan for planet Earth?

A little over forty years ago an international team led by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William Behrens III carried out a major study of growth in five key areas; population, agricultural production, natural resources, industrial production and pollution. The team concluded that, if current trends continued, limits to growth would be realised within one hundred years with a sudden and uncontrollable decline in population and industrial capacity. Many of the projections on resources and pollution proved to be incorrect, with technological advances reversing trends. However the central (mathematical) result, that continued exponential growth is not sustainable indefinitely, is indisputable, and we have now entered an era, beyond the point of inflexion, where the rate of population growth is slowing.

Keynote Speakers, Wednesday 11th December

Several of the speakers will participate in a public panel discussion and Q&A event on Thursday 12th December in UNSW's Leighton Hall, facilitated by Ticky Fullerton (journalist for the ABC and presenter of The Business).

AMSI logo Info and bookings:

Organising Committee

  • Bruce Henry — Chair (Head of School, UNSW)
  • Isaac Donnelly (UNSW)
  • Susannah Waters (Staff, UNSW)
  • Kaye Sedgers (Staff, UNSW)
  • Chris Angstmann (Applied Mathematics, UNSW)
  • Peter Straka (Statistics, UNSW)
  • Gary Froyland (Applied Mathematics, UNSW)
Location:Parade Theatre, NIDA, Sydney Map
Created:06 Nov 2013 09:28 pm UTC
Modified:06 Nov 2013 11:06 pm UTC
Updated: 06 Nov 2013