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Climate for Change

Will the Paris summit live up to its promise?

UNSW, in partnership with The Sydney Morning Herald, hosts a panel discussion and Q&A.

What: Climate for Change panel discussion and Q&A - free public event

Who: Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Peter Hartcher (SMH), Geoff Cousins (Australian Conservation Foundation), Anika Molesworth (2015 Young Farmer of the Year), Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick (UNSW) with Robyn Williams (ABC) as MC.

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015 – 6:00 pm refreshments served for 6.30 pm start and 8.15 pm finish

Where: Leighton Hall Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus (reference G19)

RSVP: Registration below is essential 

France will host the 2015 Paris summit - the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – from 30 November to 11 December. It will be a crucial conference where participants will negotiate a new international agreement on climate that aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

UNSW, in partnership with The Sydney Morning Herald, will hold a special public event in the lead-up to the Paris summit – a panel discussion and Q&A with experts from climate science, business, sustainability and politics. UNSW is home to the country's leading climate scientists and renewable energy experts. Climate change is the first of the global 'Grand Challenges' identified in UNSW's 2025 Strategy.

Event host: UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs

Special video messageHis Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia


 The Panel



Event MC: Robyn Williams AMis a science journalist and ABC broadcaster, and this year celebrates 40 years of presenting The Science Show on Radio National. He is the author of more than 10 books and has also served the community in various other capacities, including as President of the Australian Museum Trust and Deputy Chairman of the Commission for the Future. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.



Peter Hartcheris a leading Australian journalist and author. He is the political editor and international editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a political commentator with Sky News. He has been writing about power and politics, war and peace, booms and busts for more than 30 years. His latest book is The Adolescent Country. Hartcher has worked as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Washington. He has won Australia's highest journalistic accolade, the Gold Walkley award, and the Citibank award for business reporting.



Anika Molesworth is the 2015 Australian Young Farmer of the Year and will represent young farmers at the Paris summit. She helps manage her family’s sheep station near Broken Hill and is a strong advocate for greater adoption of renewable energies in agriculture. In 2014 she founded Climate Wise Agriculture to promote climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. She has spent much of 2015 in Laos working with farmers researching climate change resilience by reducing production risk. She is also keenly interested in conservation of natural and built heritage on farming properties and manages the International National Trust Organisation Sustainable Farms project.



Professor Stefan Rahmstorf is a German oceanographer and one of the world’s foremost climate scientists and communicators. He is a professor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is currently visiting the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre to work with UNSW Scientia Professor Matthew England. Stefan is one of the founders of the internationally awarded Real Climate blog. He is also the co-author of four books, including Our Threatened Oceans and The Climate Crisis. He has been a lead IPPC author and was a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change from 2004-2013.



Geoffrey Cousins AMis a businessman, writer, community leader and environmental activist. Last year he was elected President of the Australian Conservation Foundation. His many business achievements include leading the George Patterson Company while it was Australia’s largest advertising agency, and overseeing the building of the Optus network. He was a consultant to the former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, has served on many public company boards, founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Australia and was founding chairman of Sydney’ Museum of Contemporary Art.



Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrickis a senior research associate in the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, focussing on temperature extremes. She has investigated trends in the occurrence of heatwaves across Australia and the globe, as well as the role of human activity behind such changes. Her research program includes understanding future changes in temperature extremes and how they may be driven by humans, meteorological systems and natural climate phenomena. She received a NSW Young Tall Poppy award in 2013.


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