Australia 2050 was initiated in 2010 by the Australian Academy of Science with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The project is in three phases.

Negotiating our future through Living Scenarios

Phase 1 brought together scientists and experts in economics, the humanities and business to take part in a four-day workshop that set out to answer the question: What is a realistic vision for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable Australia to 2050 and beyond? The group considered how such a vision could be developed and evolved to support coherent societal responses to the great challenges of environmental and economic sustainability and social equity. Participants discussed this issue from contrasting perspectives and through approaches of resilience and systems thinking, social perspectives, scenarios and quantitative modelling, and agreed on the idea of ‘Living Scenarios’ – shared, ongoing explorations of how the future might unfold.

Project Steering Committee: Michael Raupach, Tony McMichael, John Finnigan, Lenore Manderson and Brian Walker

Structuring conversations about out future

Phase 2 put the Living Scenarios concept into action at a two-day workshop held in Canberra in 2013 where 50 Australians from a wide variety of backgrounds were invited to share their ideas through a set of guided conversations about what Australia might become.

Project Steering Committee: Steven Cork, Nicky Grigg, Kristin Alford, John Finnigan, Beth Fulton and Michael Raupach

Enabling community conversations

More information about the first two phases of this ambitious five-year project are available by downloading the resources available through the Australian Academy of Science. But Phase 3 is up to you. The resources and this website are intended to be used by groups around the country who want to discuss what they and others can do to influence Australia’s future. The Academy hopes that these resources will help contribute to many future conversations and debates about our future. Copies of any of the books or a copy of the video on DVD please contact All resources are free.

This website to enable further conversations about Australia 2050 was built by Explanovision and is maintained by In Situ Foresight (both formerly Bridge8) with thanks to the Australian Academy of Science. Contact us for further information.