Conference theme

9th International Adventure Conference

Aotearoa/New Zealand, 6-8 December 2022

Kia ora! Welcome to the The 2022 International Adventure Conference: Flourish

Flourish: Care for our world and our people

We look forward to welcoming you to Queenstown, New Zealand in 2022 and encourage everyone to imagine: as we continue to experience the effects of the pandemic, what does it mean for our planet and people to flourish? What do thriving adventure environments, communities and economies look like, and how do we get there? Following themes from the online conference in 2021, how do we ‘think with’ Nature? And, what part might the places, practices and philosophies of adventure play in our flourishing?

The 9th International Adventure Conference, postponed from 2020, builds on previous events in Scotland, Norway, England, Ireland and Spain, which attracted global audiences with a diverse range of expertise.

In support of this theme, presentations will be guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations. Importantly, these challenging aspirations extend our thinking beyond environmental concerns framed in narrow ideals of pristine protected wildernesses. The goals emphasise human interactions with the planet, nature and one another. The ‘Flourish’ theme of the 9th IAC links to the SDGs by exploring what this concept might mean in practice for destinations, operations, communities, cultures and environments. Flourish is a critical yet positive, forward-looking and hopeful concept – qualities in short supply in current times of burning rainforests, plastic oceanic islands and human inequalities and exploitation. Our hope is that outdoor adventure can play a role in supporting human and non-human flourishing in the 21st century.

Queenstown, home of innovative adventure and nature-based activities, is the ideal place for outdoor researchers, operators and policy makers to converse, share and reflect, as well as offering myriad opportunities to experience nature and adventure. Join us for this unique conference that brings academics and practitioners together to share ideas, foster connections, and extend the ongoing conversation of the International Adventure Conference.

Download IAC 2022 Call for Abstracts.