A one day forum has brought together UNSW climate scientists and some of Australia leading
The forum was held under the auspices of the UNSW Climate Change Grand Challenge via a partnership between UNSW, ABC TV, Jungle Film and TV, Screen Australia, Create NSW and venue partner AFTRS.
The purpose of the event, heldduring Science Week 2017, was to present independent TV writers and creatives with hard facts and forecasts from leading scientists and thinkers working in the climate change space, in order to encourage the creation of TV drama series and telemovie proposals.
Speakers included John Collee, the screenwriter of Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs and Master and Commander, and American Professor Michael E. Mann. Currently director of the Earth System Science Centre at Pennsylvania State University, Professor Mann has contributed to the scientific understanding of historic climate change, developing in 1998 the so-called hockey stick graph.
Dr Sarah Kirkpatrick, a senior research associate at the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW, a 2013 NSW Young Tall Poppy and an expert in heatwaves, and Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol in the UK, expert in the psychology of climate denial.
A morning of presentations from specialists in climate science, geoengineering, psychology, human health, renewable, politics and history was followed by a discussion led by John Collee seeking input and ideas from all quarters of the roombring science and story together to ideas for screen content.
says UNSW climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick.