Disaster Solutions (April 2024)

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16-18 April 2024 (online). This course was previously scheduled for March 2024.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns that climate-change impacts—hazards such as bushfires, drought and flooding—are becoming more frequent and more intense, damaging nature, people and infrastructure. Yet measures to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to these climate-fuelled hazards are coming far too slow.  Even if greenhouse-gas emissions stop tomorrow, the impacts of climate change will continue to increase due to past emissions. Under a relatively optimistic low-emissions scenario, the cost of natural disasters in Australia is estimated to grow to $73 billion annually by 2060.

With every new bushfire and flood, Australia is spending more on disaster recovery. Now, we need to learn how to prepare for—and not just recover from—natural disasters.

The course is delivered by the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) and brings together leading researchers from across the University to share latest research and discuss disaster solutions.


This Disaster Solutions professional short course provides participants with an understanding of the trajectory of disasters, how Australia and the world are responding to this escalating trend, and the need for going beyond incremental thinking to find transformative solutions for disaster risk reduction (DRR). It explores the impacts of climate change on disasters, systems thinking for Disaster Risk Reduction, the relationship of Disaster Risk Reduction with climate change adaptation, financing for disaster solutions, and the challenges and opportunities in enabling disaster solutions.


    • Welcome and introductions
    • Understanding climate change and extremes - Dr Steven Crimp (ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions) - Note: Professor Mark Howden is overseas for IPCC meetings.
    • Disasters and the need for transformational change - Associate Professor Roslyn Prinsley (ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions)
    • Indigenous approaches to disaster resilience - Dr Kirsty Wissing (ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, ANU School of Culture, History & Language)
    • Innovative financing for disaster solutions - Professor Paula Jarzabkowski (University of Queensland)
    • Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction across multiple sectors - Emeritus Professor Stephen Dovers (ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society)
    • Enabling effective disaster solutions - Associate Professor Mark Crosweller (ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and Ethical Intelligence Consultancy)

    Please note that this program is subject to change. Registrations for this course are via Humanitix (100% of Humantix profits go to education charities).


    • The course is delivered online, in real time.
    • The course program includes six lectures on disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate change topics and group discussions to enable direct interaction with lecturers and other course participants.
    • A short break punctuates every two session, and allocated discussion time with the lecturers.
    • Course timings are between 9.30am - 1.00pm (AEST) each day.

    Who should attend?

    The course is most relevant to practitioners, policy-makers and professionals working with/interested in disaster risk reduction and resilience in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

    Important information

    • Early bird discounted price - $1694 per person (GST inc.) for registrations extend to 12 April 2024.
    • Standard registration - $1870 per person (GST inc.)
    • Group discount - $1694 per person (GST inc.) for single bulk bookings of 3 or more participants from the same organisation. Available until 15 April 2024.
    • Multi-course discount - $1562 per person (GST inc.) is available when booking 2 or more courses.
    • 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 15 April 2024. For more refund details, see our refund policy.

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