globe showing Geelong regionEast & Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand

Attendees experiencing EPIC2020 from this region are called Geelong (dʒɪˈlɔŋ / ji-LONG). This Australian place name evokes our conference theme scale:

Learn about Geelong
If you were flying into Melbourne for EPIC2020, you would be bombarded by quarantine regulations both on the plane and in the airport—and for good reason. Since the beginning of European settlement in 1788, there have been at least 30 species of pest animals and more than 500 weed species introduced. Pests continue to represent one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and the native flora and fauna in Australia.

sketch of a rabbitLike some other European colonizers, in 1859 a man named Thomas Austin in the town of Geelong, Victoria, released 24 rabbits on his property for the purpose of hunting them. Across Australia, their population multiplied due to the lack of predators in their new environment. By causing damage to crops, killing young trees in orchards and forests, and creating erosion problems, these rabbits have become one of the most significant factors in the loss of native plant species in Australia. The government has employed a range of biological, chemical, and mechanical control measures to reduce the rabbit population from an estimated 10 billion (1920) to the roughly 200 million that remain today.

Geelong captures the cascading consequences of intervention and innovation—intentional or inadvertent, subtle or exponential. What seems normal and casual to one creature, but alien and transformational, perhaps catastrophic, to another? What lens from the past frames a vision of the future?

Regional Schedule

Programming will run around the clock, and to give you the most flexibility, you’re welcome to attend any of it. But here is the schedule designed for Geelong time zones. In the coming months we’ll provide times and content details so you can build the schedule that works for you.

See also: detailed Tutorial Program & Program Overview

Week 1: Learning & Networking

Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23
Pangaea Tours Pangaea Tours Sponsor Exhibition Social Events Graduate Colloquium
Tutorials*: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 6A-1, 15A Tutorials*: 4B, 7A, 8A, 9A, 12A, 13A, 15B, 17A Tutorials*: 13B Tutorials*: 6A-2,
12B, 14A, 17B

*Pre-register for tutorials during or after conference registration. Space is limited.

Week 2: Main Program



Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28
Opening Session International Socials Concurrent Sessions:
Transcending Time & Space
Dissent at Scale
Concurrent Sessions
Post-human Scale
Isolation & Connection
Opening Social Keynote: Genevieve Bell International Socials Panel
Concurrent Sessions:
Trees & Forests
Impact at Human Scale
Keynote: Bruce Pascoe International Socials
Cohort Activities Salons Concurrent Sessions
Scaling Ethnography
Challenging Bigger, Faster, Easier, Broader
Concurrent Sessions:
Humanizing Scale
Scaling Research
Cohort Activities Cohort Activities
Panel Concurrent Sessions:
Empathy Writ Small & Large
Built to Scale
Session: Agency, Capacity & Scale
International Socials Keynote: Ashwini Asokan