2020 Global Wave Conference Announces Opening Speaker

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Next year’s Global Wave Conference has announced climate change champion Sophie Taylor-Price will make the opening address to local, national and international delegates at the conference to be hosted at Southern Cross University on the Southern Gold Coast.  

Ms Taylor-Price, a Landcare Ambassador and Senior Manager at E&Y Climate Change & Sustainability Services, will discuss threats to waves and ocean conservation. 

Part of a new generation of climate leaders, Ms. Taylor-Price made headlines last year when she urged Australians to take a greater stance on climate change during her speech at a memorial for her late grandfather, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, at the Sydney Opera House.

She will be joined by environmental and social scientists, world surfing greats, conservationists, surfing industry stakeholders, and the sustainability and eco-surfing conscientious at the 2020 conference to investigate ways of making our oceans safer, healthier, and cleaner for future generations.

A key international ocean conservation event hosted by local organisation Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc on behalf of International partners, Save the Waves Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, Surfers against Sewage, and Wild Coast, the 6th Biennial Global Wave Conference will make its Australian debut at the Bilinga campus of Southern Cross University during a landmark year which coincides with surfing's inclusion into the Olympic Games in Japan.

Global Wave Conference was established in 2011 and has been hosted in France, Mexico, United Kingdom, and most recently in 2018 at Santa Cruz, California.

The 2020 event which was secured by Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc. (GCWSR), with the support of Queensland Government Department of Tourism, Sport and Environment, Tourism Events Queensland, Destination Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast Council, Southern Cross University, and Griffith University, is expected to attract up to 400 people, including 200 international delegates.

The Global Wave Conference 2020 runs from February 10th -14th, 2020 at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast Campus.

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