COCE 2021 is Going Down Under

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It is our pleasure to announce the June 2021 location for the Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE). The IECA Board has selected the University of Tasmania to host the conference in Hobart, on the island of Tasmania, Australia, to take our international organization to the southern hemisphere for the first time! This will bring our conference closer to our Southeast Asian and Oceanian members of the International Environmental Communication Association. The tentative dates of the conference are June 7 – 10, 2021.

Picture of Hobart waterfront


Tasmania offers a host of opportunities for both examining environmental communication and exploring wilderness. It is, therefore, a fitting location to host an international conference concerned with the ways in which the environment is communicated. The University of Tasmania has a reputation for world-class environment, climate and Antarctic research, and for research on the media/environment nexus. It is also a hub for research and practice in the creative arts – often with environmental messages. The landscape is breathtaking. As an island state, Tasmania is separated from the rest of Australia by Bass Strait, and is a short flight from Melbourne or Sydney. It is home to wild, rugged nature, and a distinctive island culture of resourcefulness, innovation and creation. One fifth of Tasmania’s land area is included in the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. These 1,584,000 protected hectares make up one of the last great temperate wildernesses on Earth.

There will be more information forthcoming over the next year, including the conference theme and call for proposals but for now, plan on the conference in June 2021 (and think of staying on in Hobart for a few days after the conference for one of Australia’s leading arts festivals Dark MOFO).

In recognition of the distance to travel, an important aspect of this conference will be carbon offsetting, which will be an integrated part of COCE for the first time. We will also be developing an interactive virtual conference for those who don’t want to or can’t make the flight over to the Land Down Under.

You can find more information about the University of Tasmania and Tasmania itself here, here and here.


Barb Willard
Chair, IECA Conference Committee

Gabi Mocatta
Chair, COCE 2021 Local Organizing Committee at the University of Tasmania

Mark Meisner
IECA Executive Director

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Barb, Gabi, and Mark, along with the rest of the conference and local organizing committee, will be working hard to bring you COCE 2021 in Hobart.