Short Course: Climate Essentials

Climate change is already affecting communities throughout Australia with recent average annual temperatures about 1.14°C above those in pre-industrial times. Linked to this, Australia has also experienced changes in extreme weather, with more frequent 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 one-day short course has been designed for professionals who want to gain an overview of the latest developments around climate change. This is a foundation course, which can be followed by more specialist courses tailored to the needs of different departments or groups, for example Climate and Security or Climate and Health.

The course is run by the ANU Climate Change Institute, bringing together leading climate researchers from across the university. It will cover both the science of climate change and policy responses across a range of sectors.

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, health & climate change and climate change & the built environment.   The final session will comprise of facilitated discussion synthesising learnings from across the different sectors.   This will be tailored to provide direct contextual relevance to the decisions faced by Australian government departments, institutions and agencies.

Course details

  • One-day, non-residential, fully-catered program
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied
  • Course timings 9am – 5.30pm
  • View the full program here (PDF, 2MB)

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.

Important information

  • Registrations close on 10th June 2019.
  • 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 course convenor, Clare de Castella, via or 0438 208914 to find out more.                                    
  • Cost - $1350 per person including GST


  • Understanding Climate Change and Extremes - Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute
  • Climate Policy and Economics - Prof Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Climate Change Adaptation - Dr Steven Crimp, ANU Climate Change Institute
  • Health and Climate Change - Prof Robyn Lucas & Dr Aparna Lal, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU College of Health & Medicine
  • Climate Change and the built environment - Prof Xuemei Bai, Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU
  • Facilitated discussion - Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

Please contact if you'd like more information.