Climate Essentials (June 2024)

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18 June 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.

Delivered by the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, this short course brings together leading climate researchers from across the University to discuss the science of climate change and policy responses across a range of sectors.


The course will provide a summary of the latest climate science, followed by an overview of climate change adaptation, renewable energy technologies and other climate change mitigation opportunities, communicating climate change, climate change impacts and water, the geopolitics of climate change in our region, and climate change impacts on human health. 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 group introductions
  • Understanding climate change and extremesProfessor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Climate change adaptation - Emeritus Professor Ian Noble, ANU Institue for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Climate change mitigation and technologies - Dr Thomas Longden, Western Sydney University, Urban Transformations Research Centre
  • Communicating climate changeAssociate Professor Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Climate change and water - Dr Jason Alexandra, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, and ANU Institute for Water Futures
  • Climate change in our region (Pacific focus) - Salā Dr George Carter, ANU Department of Pacific Affairs
  • Extra- session: Health and climate change - Associate Professor Nina Lansbury, the University of Queensland, School of Public Health (Pre-recording lecture, participants to watch in their own time)

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 (100% of Humantix profits go to education charities).


  • The course is delivered in-person.
  • Course program includes six lectures on climate change-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 is held at The Australian National University, Acton campus, ACT.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed for professionals who are either relatively new to working on climate change, or who are stepping back into a climate role and want a refresher on the latest climate research, impacts of climate change and policy responses in terms of both mitigation and adaptation. Participants on our courses generally come from a range of sectors. This diversity of perspectives is valuable during course discussions given that climate change 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 28 May 2024 (5pm AEST).
  • Group price - $1804 per person (GST inc.) for single bulk bookings of 3 or more participants from the same organisation, available until 14 June 2024 (5pm AEST).
  • Multi-course discount - $1562 per person (GST inc.) for multi-course bookings, available until 14 June 2024 (5pm AEST).
  • 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 June 2024. For more refund details, see our Refund Policy.
  • To receive an ANU Certificate of Participation for this course, participants must attend a minimum of 50% of the online sessions. This ANU Certificate is not an Australian Qualifications Framework qualification.

Registration privacy notice

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