Climate Essentials 5-7 March 2024 (Online)

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Climate change is already affecting communities across the world, with 2023 the hottest year on record globally. In Australia, we are experiencing 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.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Understanding climate change and extremes - Professor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Climate change adaptation - Emeritus Professor Ian Noble, ANU College of Science
  • Development of renewable energy technologies: barriers and policy - Dr Jorrit Gosens, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Communicating climate change to pyschologically complex creatures - Dr Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Health and climate change - Dr Michael Tong, ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Climate change in our region - Dr George Carter, ANU Department of Pacific Affairs

An updated version of the program and lecturers will be made available shortly. Please note that this program is subject to change. Information about course logistics will be provided to registrants 1 week before the course begins.

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


  • The course is delivered online, in real time. The staggered structure is designed to maximise engagement and is based on current research relating to online course design.
  • The course covers six broad topics over three mornings; two sessions per day, each session punctuated by a short break and group discussions.
  • Participation will be via the Zoom video conferencing tool, allowing direct interaction and discussion with lecturers and other course participants.
  • Course timings between 9:30am – 1.00pm each day.

Who should attend?

The course is most relevant to policymakers and practitioners in Australia and across the Asia abd Pacific regions. Participants from a range of backgrounds will benefit from the diversity of disciplines covered: this is an essential feature of the course, as the energy transformation will impact all sectors of our economy and society.

Important information

  • Early bird registrations: $1694 per person (GST inc.) until 20 February 2024
  • Standard registrations: $1870 per person (GST inc.) until 01 March 2024
  • Group price - $1694 per person (GST inc.) for single bulk bookings of 3 or more participants from the same organisation. Available until 01 March 2024.
  • 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 01 March 2024. For more refund details, see our Refund Policy.