Climate Essentials (April 2024)

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9 April 2024, in-person course at the ANU campus (Canberra)

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, renewable energy technology development, communicating climate change, and the geopolitics of climate change in our region. 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 extremesProfessor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Climate change adaptation - Dr Jason Alexandra, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions and Institute for Water Futures
  • Climate change mitigation and technologies - Professor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Communicating climate changeAssociate Professor Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Health and climate change - Associate Professor Nina Lansbury, University of Queensland, School of Public Health
  • Climate change in our region - Dr George Carter, ANU Department of Pacific Affairs

A detailed version of the course program including the venue, parking arrangements 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 - $1980 per person (GST inc.).
  • Early bird discounted price - $1804 per person (GST inc.) for registrations until 22 March 2024 (5pm).
  • Group price - $1804 per person (GST inc.) for single bulk bookings of 3 or more participants from the same organisation. Available until 29 March 2024 (5pm).
  • Multi-course discount - $1562 (GST inc.) Available until 29 March 2024 (5pm).
  • 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 29 March 2024. For more refund details, see our Refund Policy.

Registration privacy notice

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