ANU Climate Update 2018

ANU Climate Update 2018 will present an overview of how our climate is changing and how we are responding to these changes in Australia and around the world. You'll hear from experts, practitioners and leading commentators from across ANU and throughout Australia.

Part 1 will summarise the latest climate research, including a snapshot of newly released 2017 climate data, followed by commentary on emissions policy responses.

Part 2 will move to climate extremes - extreme heat, flooding and frost - and their implications for how we live, work and eat.

Part 3 will discuss corporate responses to climate change.

The event will bring together climate researchers, students, policymakers, industry, media and the public. There'll be opportunities for audience questions at the end of each session and plenty of informal discussion during the breaks.

1.30pm - Registration and tea and coffee

Part 1 - State of the Climate - 2-3.40pm

Chair - Prof Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Welcome - Prof Michael Cardew-Hall, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation), ANU

Opening Address - Shane Rattenbury, MLA, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, ACT Legislative Assembly

Global Climate Overview 2017 - Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute and Vice Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 2

Emissions policy responses - Prof John Hewson, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Panel discussion and audience Q&A

3.30-4pm - Afternoon tea

Part 2 - Climate Extremes - 4.10-5.30pm

Chair - Prof Sharon Friel, Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance, ANU

Extreme heat events - Dr Sophie Lewis, Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU

Floods - Dr Peter May, Head of Research, Bureau of Meterology

Frost - Steve Crimp, Research Fellow, ANU Climate Change Institute

Panel discussion and audience Q & A

5.30-6pm - Drinks and light refreshments

Part 3 - Corporate Responses to Climate Change - 6-7.30pm

Keynote speaker - Pauline Vamos, CEO, Regnan and formerly CEO, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia


  • Caroline Lambert, Climate Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to Australia
  • Kate Mackenzie, Director, Climate-KIC and Fellow, Centre for Policy Development

Followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A.

To help manage numbers, please register separately for each part that you plan to attend. Drinks and light refreshments will be served in between sessions.

Please note that it is very hard to find parking at ANU during the day - we advise using public transport, taxi, cycling or walking. If you have to drive, allow plenty of time to find a park and log into the online parking system which can be downloaded hereView visitor parking map. Parking for the 6pm session should be easier. 

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