Climate Essentials (15 August 2023)

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In-Person Course on 15 August 2023 at ANU (Canberra). Registrations extended to 14 August!

Climate change is already affecting communities throughout Australia, with 2016 and 2020 tied as the hottest years on record at 1.2°C above pre-industrial times. Australia has experienced changes in extreme weather, with more frequent and intense heatwaves, storms, flooding and bushfires. Government departments, private organisations and community groups are planning, developing and implementing strategies to address current and projected changes to our climate.

This Climate Essentials short course has been designed for professionals who want an overview of the latest developments around climate change. It covers both the science of climate change and policy responses across a range of sectors.

Delivered by the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, this short course brings together leading climate researchers from across the University.


The course will provide a summary of the latest climate science, followed by an overview of climate change adaptation, climate change impacts on human health, climate and energy economics, effective climate policy solutions, and communicating climate change. The course is tailored to consider the decisions faced by government departments, non-government organisations, and the private sector within an Australian, regional and international climate change context.


  • Introduction and welcome
  • Understanding climate change and extremes - Professor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions. 
  • Adaptation to climate change - Dr Jason Alexandra, ANU Institue for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions. 
  • Health and climate change - Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis, ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.
  • Communicating climate change - Dr Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.
  • Climate and energy economics - Professor David Stern, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.
  • Enabling climate policy solutions - AsProf. Christian Downie, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance. 


Course venue and logistics, a detailed version of the course program, and optional reading materials will be made available to participants before the course begins.

Registrations for this course are via Humanitix (100% of Humantix profits go to education charities).


  • The course is delivered in-person.
  • The course program includes six lectures on climate changer-related topics and group discussions to enable direct interaction with lecturers and other course participants.
  • A short break punctuates each session, and 45 minutes is allocated for lunch. Full catering is provided.
  • Course timings are 8.45am - 5.15pm.
  • The course will be held at The Australian National University, Acton ACT.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed for professionals who are relatively new to working on climate change and want to gain an overview of the latest climate research, the impacts of climate change, and policy responses in terms of both mitigation and adaptation. It is expected that participants will come from a range of different sectors and that the diverse perspectives of participants will be useful for all attendees given that climate impacts are being felt across our economy and society.

Important information

  • Full price - $1595 per person (GST inc.).
  • Early bird discounted price - $1450 per person (GST inc.) for registrations until 8 August 2023.
  • Group price - $1450 per person (GST inc.) for single bulk bookings of 3 or more participants from the same organisation. Discount available until 14 August 2023, 12pm.
  • Multi-course discount - $1250 per person (GST inc.) for participants who purchase a ticket for the Disaster Solutions course (16 August 2023). Discount available until 14 August 2023, 12pm.
  • This course will take place subject to demand. Registrants will receive a full refund in the unlikely event that the course is cancelled. Places are limited and registrations are on a 'first come - first served' basis. Registrations close on 14 August 2023. For more refund details, see our Refund Policy.