Climate Essentials - 19 - 21 September 2022 (online)

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Climate change is already affecting communities throughout Australia with average annual temperatures in 2019 of about 1.92°C above those in pre-industrial times. As a result, Australia has also experienced changes in extreme weather, with more frequent and intense heatwaves, storms, flooding and bushfires. All government departments, agencies and institutes are required to plan, develop and implement strategies to address current and projected changes to our climate.

This short course has been designed for professionals who want to gain an overview of the latest developments around climate change. It will cover both the science of climate change and policy responses across a range of sectors.

The course is run by the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, bringing together leading climate researchers and practitioners from across the University and around the world.


The course will provide a summary of the latest climate science, followed by an overview of specific climate-related areas. The course is tailored to consider the decisions faced by Australian government departments, non-government organisations and the private sector within an international climate change context.


Below is the program for the September 2022 Climate Essentials course, spanning 3 x morning sessions:

  • Introduction and welcome - Rachel England (Executive Education Coordinator), ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions.
  • Understanding climate change and extremes - Professor Mark Howden, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions.
  • Communicating climate change to psychologically complex creatures (humans) - Dr Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.
  • Health and climate change - Professor Kristie Ebi, Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), University of Washington.
  • Climate policy and economics - Dr Thomas Longden, ANU Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge.
  • Enabling climate policy solutions - Professor Howard Bamsey, ANU School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet).
  • Adapting to climate change and extremes - Emeritus Professor Ian Noble, ANU College of Science.
  • Facilitated group discussion and Q&A woven throughout the three morning sessions.

A more detailed program is available here: BROCHURE

Important information

  • Cost - $1495 per person (GST inc).
  • Early bird price - $1350 (GST inc) if registered by 9 September 2022.
  • Group price - $1350 (GST inc) per person for bulk registrations of 3 or more participants from the same organisation.

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.