The SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens symposium will be an event involving individuals from a number of different worlds (e.g scientists, artists, social activists and community change agents, cultural commentators, educators, tangata whenua). Our primary aim is to facilitate connections and foster innovative, and practical solutions to the issues we are facing. Accordingly, a mixture of presentations, discussions, informal exchanges and workshops are planned. Roger Malina will be presenting from France on ‘Open observatories’, and Te Huirangi Waikerepuru will speak on Maori conceptions of environment. The symposium will inspire and inform the residency that follows, and also provide opportunities for people to collaborate on projects beyond SCANZ.