The 12th International Permaculture Conference

Designing the World We Want

8-9 September 2015, The Light, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road London


Two days packed with presentations, case studies, interactive workshops, academic papers, new films, exhibitions, book launches, music, and art showcasing the growing worldwide grassroots permaculture movement. 

  • Day One: Practice. Case studies from existing projects and reports on the latest research evidence.
    The future that has already arrived: Highlighting the inspiring, far-sighted projects of today that show us how a future sustainable society will look. 
    See day one of the programme.
  • Day Two: Process. An exploration of the transformational processes, including permaculture design, that can help bring about the necessary changes.
    The pathways to transformation: How do we get from where we are now to where we want to be?
    See day two of the programme.


Keynote speakers

There were plenary sessions with:

  • David Holmgren, best known as the co-originator of the permaculture concept. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a permaculture lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism.
  • Rosemary Morrow, permaculture design teacher, development assistance worker, home gardener and relocalisation advocate, living in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

  • Geoff Lawton, world renowned permaculture teacher, designer and consultant.

  • Jonathon Porritt, one of the UK's most influential and well known sustainability champions, and founder of Forum for the Future.

  • Cathy Debenham, founder of YouGen, the UK's largest community renewables and energy efficiency forum.

  • John Nzira, one of the permaculture pioneers in Africa. With more than two decades of experience working for government and NGOs in Africa. John established a permaculture training centre in Midrand which is a prime example of sustainability in practice.

  • Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Towns concept.

  • Tim Lenton, Earth System scientist and chair in Climate Change at the University of Exeter, winner of Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year.

  • Pandora Thomas, a teacher, writer, designer and co-founder of the Black Permaculture Network.

  • Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir, a Professor of Sustainability Science at the Sæmundur frodi Institute for Sustainable Development and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland. How Does Permaculture Stack Up in the Real Economy?

Conference Poet Siobhan MacMahon invited participants to contribute to a group poem in her presentation Song Lines of the Earth.



The Timetable shows the pattern of each days' activities. The sessions timetable shows when and where each each session and workshop was.


Content relates to the seven Holmgren petals and are intended to bring out the full range of permaculture applications.


Conference Aims

  • Explore and share how existing tools and processes can be used to design the world we want and need.
  • Enhance cooperation and links between different groups and sectors working to achieve a more sustainable world.

We have everything we need to create a sustainable world and future. At the conference we aimed to create a vision together, of a possible near future society that is caring, sustainable and fair, and explore how we can collectively design strategies and pathways to make it happen. 

And whilst everyone was there, we launched the Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) too!