Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

ANU Climate Update 2019

7 February 2019 @ 2:15 pm – 6:45 pm
H.C. Coombs Lecture Theatre
H.C. Coombs Building [9]
Fellows Road Australian National University Canberra
ACT 0200
ANU Climate Change Institute
ANU Climate Update 2019 @ H.C. Coombs Lecture Theatre

ANU Climate Update 2019 will present an overview of how our climate is changing and how we are responding to these changes in Australia and around the world. You’ll hear from experts, practitioners and leading commentators from across ANU and throughout Australia.

Part 1 will summarise the latest climate research, including a snapshot of newly released data on how our climate changed in 2018, and a focus on fire and coral reefs.

Part 2 will discuss action on climate change and the economic opportunities it can provide.


2.15-2.45pm – Registrations and tea and coffee

2.45pm – 4.30pm – Part 1 – State of the Climate

Welcome by Chair, Prof Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Opening Address – Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Global Climate Overview 2018 – Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

Climate impacts: Fires – Dr Hamish Clark, University of Wollongong

Climate impacts: Coral Reefs – Assoc Prof Nerilie Abram, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU

Audience Q&A

4.35 – 5.15pm – Afternoon tea

5.15 – 6.45pm – Part 2 – Climate Action: Economic opportunities and risks

Introduction by Chair, Prof Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Global economic gains from complying with Paris Climate Agreement – Prof Tom Kompas, ANU & University of Melbourne

Climate risk & opportunities: regulatory requirements around climate change – Commissioner Sean Hughes, Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

How carbon farming can benefit indigenous communities – Rowan Foley, Aboriginal Carbon Fund

Audience Q&A

6.45 – 7.30pm – Drinks and light refreshments

Please only register if you genuinely intend to come to this event. If you find out later that you’re unable to attend, please log in and cancel your tickets or you can email us at climate@anu.edu.au.

Please note that it can be difficult to find parking at ANU during the day – we strongly advise using public transport, taxi, cycling or walking rather than driving. If you have to drive, allow plenty of time to find a park and log into the online parking system which can be downloaded hereView visitor parking map

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government