Climate Essentials - June

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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 from across the university.

Scope and content

The course will provide a summary of the latest climate science, followed by an overview of climate policy and economics, climate adaptation, climate change communications and health & climate change. The final session will discuss the opportunities and challenges around developing effective climate policy. This will be tailored to provide direct contextual relevance to the decisions faced by Australian government departments, institutions and agencies.

Course details

  • The course is delivered live and online. The staggered structure is designed to maximise engagement and is based on advice from ANU experts in online course design.
  • The course covers six broad topics over three mornings; two sessions per day, each session punctuated by discussion of the key points.
  • Participation will be via the Zoom video conferencing tool, allowing direct interaction and discussion with lecturers and other course participants.
  • Course timings 9:00am – 12:30pm each day
  • You can find a more detailed overview here in the course brochure.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed for staff across government 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 government departments and that the diverse perspectives of participants will be useful for all attendees given that climate impacts are being felt across all sectors of our economy and society. The course is also useful for NGO and consultancy staff who are interested in learning more about climate change.

Important information

  • The course will take place subject to demand. Registrants will receive a full refund in the unlikely event that the course is cancelled.  
  • Group discounts are available for bulk registrations of three or more participants from the same organisation.  
  • Contact Anna Lukasiewicz to find out more.  If you are interested in registering (even if not confirmed) please email Anna to express interest before Monday 31st May.  
  • Cost - $1150 per person (including GST)


  • Introduction - Professor Mark Howden, Director, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) and Dr Anna Lukasiewicz (Senior Project Officer, Disaster Risk, ICEDS)
  • Understanding Climate Change and Extremes - Professor Howden
  • Communicating climate change to psychologically complex creatures (humans) - Dr Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Adapting to climate change and extremes, Emeritus Professor Ian Noble, ANU College of Science
  • Climate Policy and Economics - Professor Frank Jotzo, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Health and Climate Change - Professor Sharon Friel, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • Enabling climate policy solutions - Hon Professor Howard Bamsey, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance


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