[ASC-list] Invite: Universities Australia Climate Change Forum, Parliament House Canberra, Thursday 18 March 2010

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Fri Mar 12 01:54:40 UTC 2010

Dear ASCers,


Sent on behalf of Peter Coaldrake, Universities Australia


Invite: Universities Australia Climate Change Forum, Parliament House Canberra, Thursday 18 March 2010


What is the reality of climate change in Australia? What does the science show? What changes are already happening? How are farmers, land managers and the environment responding? 

Universities Australia, the peak body of Australia's 39 universities, is hosting our first National Policy Forum on Thursday 18 March at Parliament House.  

The topic is Climate Change - Bridging Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy.  

I am writing to encourage you to consider attending the Forum and to share this invitation with others who have an interest in this important issue.  

Leading researchers will report on:

§  The evidence of climate change in Australia today: in the climate record; in agriculture; in the environment

§  Predictions on the future of climate change and its impact on Australia - exploring the certainties and uncertainties

§  The challenges of communicating the science and of bridging scientific knowledge and public policy

§  The social and economic impact of climate change and the opportunities for Australia to respond, creating jobs and a sustainable future. 

The Forum seeks to reach out to MPs, their advisers and the media;  we are also inviting a range of stakeholders from agriculture, NGOs and others.

Participation is free but places are limited. Please RSVP to Niall Byrne (see below) by midday Tuesday 16 March, to allow for a security pass to be organised at Parliament House.

Our speakers will include (in alphabetical order after Senator Carr):


Senator the Hon Kim Carr

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Ms Anna-Maria Arabia

Director, Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies

Professor Snow Barlow

School of Agriculture and Food Systems, The University of Melbourne

Professor Nathan Bindoff

Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of Tasmania

Professor Keith Dear

National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Centre for Marine Studies, The University of Queensland

Dr Anthony Hogan

National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU

Professor Roger Jones

Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

Dr Marie Keatley

Department of Forest and Ecosystem, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Janette Lindesay

The ANU Climate Change Institute

Professor Amanda Lynch

School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Monash University

Ms Jenny McAllister

Director, Climate Change, Air and Noise, NSW Government

Professor Tony McMichael

The ANU Climate Change Institute 

Professor John Quiggin

Risk and Sustainable Management Group, The University of Queensland

Professor Roger Stone

Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments, University of Southern Queensland

Dr Blair Trewin

Climatologist, National Climate Centre, Bureau of Meteorology

Professor Peter Coaldrake

Chair, Universities Australia and Vice-Chancellor, QUT (Chair of the Forum)


I acknowledge of course that the notice is extremely short but, as you will realise, the decision regarding timing of the event was driven by the importance and immediacy of the topic, and also because of the desirability of holding such a significant event at Parliament House.  After next week, Parliament does not reconvene until the Budget session, so I hope the circumstances are understood.

As you will see from the list above, we have been able to assemble an impressive list of contributors.  The style of the event will involve 'short burst' speeches, rather than a small number of lengthy presentations.

As indicated above, the Forum is scheduled as follows:


Date:            Thursday, 18 March 2010

Time:           8.30am to 12.30pm 

Venue:         Mural Hall at Parliament House

RSVP:           by noon, Tuesday 16 March to niall at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:niall at scienceinpublic.com.au>          


Further details and supporting documents will be published online at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/blog/ua <http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/blog/ua>  .

For further information, please contact Niall Byrne from Science in Public, who is assisting Universities Australia with the Forum.  RSVPs should also be sent to Niall, whose contact details are tel (03) 9398 1416, mob 0417 131 977 and email niall at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:niall at scienceinpublic.com.au> 


With best wishes.

Yours sincerely

Peter Coaldrake



Professor Peter Coaldrake
Universities Australia

Tel: 07 3138 8086
Fax: 07 3138 4061

www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au <http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/> 

GPO Box 1142
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia


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