Conference Program

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1200-1300 Young Scholars and Early Career Researchers workshop  

Networking lunch for young scholars and early career researchers

Opening address and welcome

1300- 1500 Session 1: Cooperatives and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Keynote TBC – Researching for Maximum Impact on SDGs

Round table: Introductions and 3-minute thesis presentations of research

Group work & discussion: Group work and discussion on links between research and SDG’s.

1500-1530 Coffee break

1530 – 1730 Session 2: Developing a support network among young coop scholars

Keynote:  TBC – Building collaborative networks with coop researchers and building a research reputation in this field

Group work & discussion: Using existing networks and building new ones. Groups will work together using social media tools to generate new networks for their research. Young scholars will present their group work from both sessions at the conference.

1730 – 1930 Conference meet and greet for all participants

1930 - onwards Optional get-together and dinner for young scholars (self-funded)

800 – 900 Conference Registrations

900 – 930 Opening ceremony, acknowledgement of country and welcome

930 - 1000 Keynote Address by Ms. Melina Morrison, CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) in Australia

“Opportunities for advancing the co-operative sector through collaboration among cooperatives”

1000 - 1100 Industry Panel 1: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

“The success of the HunterNet Co-operative - How the power of many supports the regional economy”

This panel showcases a Newcastle co-operative success story. HunterNet Co-operative has over 200 manufacturing and engineering member firms and is well known nationally as a successful business ‘cluster’ model that has delivered business to its members in national and international infrastructure & asset management, energy & resources, and defence.  Hunternet tells a great story of resilience, agility and collaboration.

1100 - 1130 Break

1130 – 1300 Research Panel 1: Economic growth and co-operative finance

Session 1A: Cooperatives as an engine of economic growth

Session 1B: Institutional parameters and legal barriers to coop development and growth

Session 1C: Credit unions, mutual banks and cooperative finance

1300 – 1400 Lunch

1400 – 1530 Research Panel 2: Quality education & reduced inequalities

Session 2A:  Worker cooperatives and the protection of decent work

Session 2B: Role of education and training for cooperatives

Session 2C:  Contribution of women and youth in cooperative entrepreneurship

1530 – 1600 Break

1600 – 1730 Industry Panel 2: Cooperative innovation for environmental sustainability and equity.

In the sharing economy, digital platforms like Uber, UberEats, Amazon and Airbnb may be working well for consumers, but they are contributing to precarious work, loss of local communities and widening inequalities. In addition, society are faced with complex environmental and social problems. Co-operatives can provide innovative and alternative solutions to wicked problems in the sharing economy that enable democratic participation of members, prioritise environmental and social concerns, a fairer distribution of income and strengthened local communities. This panel will focus on cooperative innovation to achieve environmental sustainability and equitable growth.

1730 – 1830 Poster presentations

1900 - 2200 Conference dinner and Newcastle Harbour cruise

900 – 930 Keynote Address by Prof. Greg Patmore, Emeritus Professor of Business and Labor History in the School of Business, University of Sydney

“The Past, Present and Future of Co-operatives: Visual Atlas of Australian Co-operative History”

930 – 1100 Industry Panel 3:  Food security and sustainable agriculture

“How agricultural co-operatives improve regional economies, resilience sustainable development goals”

Cooperatives are guided by internationally agreed principles and values that prioritize social well-being, democracy, self-help, equality and solidarity among others, while providing economic opportunities to their members. Beside their inclusiveness, cooperatives aim to enable equitable opportunities to small farmers, traders and crafts people by pooling resources to achieve economies of scale for access to inputs, credit, technology and markets. Because their identity is based on ethics and values, cooperatives understand that their businesses cannot survive long-term without sound environmental practices. For this reason, many cooperatives have been innovators in sustainable resource management in their sectors – launching consumer awareness programs, developing recycling policies and spearheading food waste reduction initiatives, to name a few .

1100 – 1130 Break

1130 – 1300 Research Panel 3: Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals

Three presentations in each concurrent session

Session 3A: Promoting cooperation amongst cooperatives

Session 3B: Capacity-building for data, monitoring and accountability

Session 3C: Policy and institutional coherence for inclusive value chains

1300 - 1400 Lunch

1400 - 1500 Closing Plenary

Young scholar presentations

Dr. Mauritz Bonow Young Researcher Award

Vote of Thanks

1530 - 1630 Sixth Meeting of the ICA-AP Committee on Cooperative Research (By invitation)