IPC is Becoming A World Class Event!

Permaculture magazine
Friday, 22nd May 2015

The International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) takes place in September, with keynote speakers such Rosemary Morrow, Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Rob Hopkins plus hundreds of talks, workshops and discussion groups in the beautiful setting of The Light in Euston and Gilwell Park in Epping Forest.

The International Permaculture Convergence (IPC): Designing The World We Want - taking place in London this September - looks set to be the world’s largest ever permaculture event.

As well as bringing together permaculture people from around the globe, it is attracting national and international media interest.

IPC is made up of two events, the Conference and the Convergence. This year the two events will be held in different London venues, the Conference at The Light, Euston Road and the Convergence at Gilwell Park in Epping Forest, London.

The Conference (8-9th September 2015)

The Conference will feature 90 talks with 130 speakers and over 68 hours of content - that's a lot of permaculture info for you all to learn!

The majority of the speakers will be revealed over the next few weeks at www.ipcuk.events/conference/programme but to get a little taster, we have a sneaky peek at some of the keynotes!

Keynote speakers:

  • Rosemary Morrow, permaculture design teacher, development assistance worker, home gardener and relocalisation advocate, living in the Blue Mountains, Australia. www.bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.com.au
  • Geoff Lawton, world renowned permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. www.geofflawton.com
  • Jonathon Porritt, one of the UK's most influential and well known sustainability champions, and founder of Forum for the Future. www.jonathonporritt.com
  • Cathy Debenham, founder of YouGen, the UK's largest community renewables and energy efficiency forum. www.yougen.co.uk
  • Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Towns concept. www.transitionnetwork.org
  • Tim Lenton, Earth System scientist and chair in Climate Change at the University of Exeter, winner of Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year. lifesciences.exeter.ac.uk
  • Pandora Thomas, teacher, writer, designer and co-founder of the Black Permaculture Network. www.pandorathomas.com
  • Darren Doherty, co-founder of Regrarians, one of the world's most accomplished permaculture designers. www.regrarians.org

Other speakers include

  • There is a huge diversity to the programme, with speakers from so many different geographical areas. You will pick your own favourites and focus, but some standout speakers could be:
  • The sessions illustrating the impact of permaculture, making real change in Timor Leste.
  • Charlie Mgee - Sing the Change You Want to See: Propagating the Permaculture Narrative workshop
  • Rebecca Laughton - A Matter of Scale - The productivity of UK holdings of 20ha and less
  • Ron Finely - A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA/Growing gardens, Growing People
  • Ethan Roland Soloviev and Gregory Landau – Regenerative Enterprise and the 8 Forms of Capital
  • Graham Bell - The Answer Lies in the Soil (in the International Year of Soil this is of course going to be a highlight!)
  • Tierra Martinez - Innovative Tools in Permaculture Education “Design in Educational Spaces Based on Permaculture and on Living Education, so that we can learn what we want when we want it

The overall theme of IPC is of Designing the World We Want, and each day of the conference has a focus:

– Day One: Practice. Case studies from existing projects and reports on the latest research evidence. The future that has already arrived: What are the inspiring, far-sighted projects of today that show us how a future sustainable society will look? What a sustainable society could look like in 2030.

– Day Two: Process. An exploration of the transformational processes, including permaculture design, that can help bring about the necessary changes. The pathways to transformation: How do we get from where we are now to where we want to be?

The two days include presentations, workshops, panels, exhibitions, music, films and art. 

Exact timings will be announced soon, but the event is likely to be Tuesday 8th September 09:30 - 17:30, and Wednesday 9th 09:00 - 17:00. Each day will include talks and workshops in the 1,000 seat main conference room, plus break-out sessions in seven additional rooms.

See what they have for children at the conference.

They are also hoping to have a IPC social event on the middle evening of Tuesday 8th September 2015. Details will be confirmed soon.

This is a participatory event, it will be made excellent by the contributions from all involved - check out the who's coming page to see some of the amazing people who have confirmed their attendance so far.

The Convergence (10-16th September 2015)

The main aims of IPC Convergence are:

  • Explore and share how existing tools and processes can be used to design the world we want and need.
  • Enhance cooperation and links between different groups and sectors working to achieve a more sustainable world.

And whilst everyone is there the Permaculture Association will launch the Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) too!

There will also be a wellbeing area with sauna, hot tub, yoga, meditation, herbal first aid, plants, cafe and more. Plus a permaculture market place and a range of food and drink stalls.

Advertising, Sponsorship & Volunteers

As we move into June, IPC is looking for sponsors and partners and that means it could be an ideal opportunity for you, your company or someone you know. As one of the sponsors of IPC Permaculture magazine wishes to encourage you to be involved and spread the word about permaculture as never before.

For further details on how you can both support IPC and appear in the pages of Permaculture magazine (plus the digital and online editions) contact tony@permaculture.co.uk

And finally, the Permaculture Association are currently recruiting for three summer volunteer internships. Visit www.permaculture.org.uk/opportunity/IPCcommsvol for more details here.