Freethought University Alliance at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention

// August 28th, 2011 // Announcement

- Free 3-day passes for student leaders
- Travel and accommodation grants
- Student Leaders Conference

We’re excited to share with you that the Atheist Foundation of Australia has launched a student grant initiative which will offer an initial 10 free tickets to the 2012 Global Atheist Convention to the Freethought University Alliance.

The Global Atheist Convention, to be held in Melbourne in April 2012, boasts an impressive line-up of world renowned speakers including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and many, many more.

The Freethought University Alliance will be allocating the free tickets to the 10 most active affiliated groups located outside of Victoria.

This list includes the following groups:

- Australian National University League of Extraordinary Atheists
- University of Newcastle Atheist Society
- Macquarie University Atheists League
- University of Wollongong Secular Freethinkers
- University of Sydney Atheist Society
- James Cook University Society of Atheist Philosophy
- University of Tasmania Atheists
- Bond University Rationalists, Skeptics and Thinkers
- Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers
- University of Western Australia Atheist and Skeptic Society

Allocation of the tickets will be at the discretion of the group, and decided upon by their own student committee. This could include competitions, fundraisers or splitting the costs of one ticket between a group of students to offer each student a small discount.

It is possible that a second round of grants may be announced at a later date, and it is our hope that we will be able to offer a free pass to every affiliated group with the Freethought University Alliance who are located outside of Victoria.

Travel and Accommodation Grants

Additionally, thanks to generous donations from organisations and individuals, the Freethought University Alliance will be offering a limited number of travel and accommodation grants for additional assistance to any student traveling from interstate. The allocation of such grants will be subject to availability and expressions of interest can be sent to scottsharrad@freethoughtalliance.org.au.

Student Leaders Conference

Finally, we would like to announce that the Freethought University Alliance has commenced planning for a “student leaders’ conference” to be held as part of a fringe event to the Global Atheist Convention. This will include lunch, workshops, student panels and guest speakers and take place on Friday 13th April 2012. We encourage students traveling from interstate to consider planning their itinerary to arrive on Friday morning or Thursday evening if they wish to take part in this event.

We will endeavour to keep registration for this event at a low cost to ensure it is accessible to all students attending the Global Atheist Convention.

One Response to “Freethought University Alliance at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention”

  1. [...] Speaking of which, I also have the joy of learning that Jason Ball will be presenting at the Global Atheist convention! And the news that there will be scholarships for tertiary and secondary students available to attend the convention in April, 2012! AND passes for University Leaders!! [...]

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