Following on from last year’s success, the 6th March 2018 saw the AUB Human Symposium return with Innovative Futures.

The inspiring event comprised of workshops and keynote talks from a range of award-winning industry speakers and AUB students, accompanied by a pop-up cinema made from straw bales.


AUB Human is a dedicated space created to celebrate social, ethical and sustainable creative practice within our community. It connects designers, architects, filmmakers and a pool of creative #AUBMAKERS who share one desire – ‘to bring positive change for global good’.


(Alice Stevens, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Graphic Design, explains AUB Human)


The collaborations began early, as students and staff worked with Straw-Bale Building UK to construct a sustainable pop-up building from straw bales. The Straw Cinema as it became known, screened student films that explored areas of sustainable development and A Plastic Ocean, highlighting the issues of single use plastics on the environment.

Inspiring talks were plentiful and included speakers Umesh Pandya, co-founder of Wayfindr, Rebecca Ford from the RSA, Tom Tapper from Nice & Serious and photographer, Mark Edwards, who won the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development in 2017.

The stimulus didn’t stop there. Louise Dennis and Pam Langdown of MoDiP ran a workshop and asked, Is Plastic Rubbish or Resource? Marten Sims from Happy City ran a Design Intervention workshop, and Briony Pete from Cause2Create, guided discussions on responsible citizenship.

(A round-up of the AUB Human Symposium event)

In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of sustainable development within the creative industries, attendees left with an AUB Human bag and water bottle made from BPA free, LDPE waste material. Bournemouth Council supplied delicious Fairtrade cookies and Divine Chocolate to raise awareness of Fairtrade fortnight #FairtradeBournemouthFree Coffee was provided by friend-of-the-environment, South Coast Roast to anyone who brought along their own mug, and was delivered by Heather on her delivery bike.

Download the full AUB Human Programme 2018 here.

Look back at last years’ AUB Human project, Who Cares?