Conference theme

We are delighted to invite you to the region of Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland, home to the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in the UK and offering some of the darkest skies in Europe. The combination of hills, coast, lochs and forest makes it a first class destination for those who enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

It is the same natural appeal which has attracted world-class events including the Tour of Britain, the RAC Rally and the World Gold Panning Championships. We are looking forward to welcome our colleagues from across the globe to come together to discuss the latest research and practices pertaining to adventure tourism, in what is a very accessible and unspoilt part of Scotland but what is form many unexplored.

The seventh International Adventure Conference will follow our previous events in Scotland, Norway, England, Ireland and Spain, which have attracted a truly worldwide audience – from a range of different specialisms, and with participants from 30+ countries in attendance over the years.

​We look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 conference, to experience one of Scotland’s many hidden gems, breathe the fresh sea air and feel the peace of the hills and forests of Galloway, as well as exploring the many castles and historic buildings in the local towns of Gatehouse of Fleet, the artist town of Kirkcudbright, the historic Isle of Whithorn, the food town of Castle Douglas and Dumfries, the resting place of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns.

Conference Theme

In the stunning setting around Segovia in Spain, delegates earlier this year considered the variety of atmospheres, conditions and climates that enable and constrain our activities outdoors. However, in parallel with these discussions, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by the United Nations. These challenging ideals and targets go way beyond environmental concerns framed in the narrow vision of pristine protected wildernesses. Importantly the goals now emphasise human interaction with the planet, with nature and with each other, using the ‘three Ps: poverty, planet and prosperity.

Our delegates – from a range of different climates – carry with them stories related to all of the seventeen SDGs. Our 7thInternational Adventure conferencewill therefore open up critical discourses about these powerful new goals – economic, social, cultural, philosophical and physical.

We aim to bring together leading academics and industry practitioners in the fabulous setting of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, to learn about and to debate burning issues in nature-based and adventure tourism, outdoor recreation and outdoor learning. Of course, as this year, themes such as journeys, liminality, boundary crossing and escape attempts from home are also core and related concepts, but should for 2019 reflect the concepts of the sustainable development goals.