Climate Essentials (May 2024)

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21 - 23 May 2024 (online)

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 and other mitigation technologies, 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.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Understanding climate change and extremes - Professor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Climate change adaptationDr Jason Alexandra, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, and ANU Institute for Water Futures
  • 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
  • Health and climate change - Professor Kathryn Bowen, University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health
  • Climate change in our region (Pacific focus) - Salā Dr George Carter, ANU Department of Pacific Affairs

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 and 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 climate change will impact all sectors of our economy and society.

Important information

  • Early bird registrations: $1694 per person (GST inc.) until 7 May 2024.
  • Standard registrations: $1870 per person (GST inc.) until 14 May 2024.
  • Group price - $1694 per person (GST inc.) for single bulk bookings of 3 or more participants from the same organisation. Available until 14 May 2024.
  • Multi-course discount - $1562 per person (GST inc.) for bulk booking of more than one course. Available until 14 May 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 on 14 May 2024. For more details on refunds, see our Refund Policy.
  • If you have a registration request after 14 May 2024, please contact

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