News and events archive

Date:
Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Urbanisation and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project is calling for Session Proposals for the Second International Conference on Urban Transitions and Transformations: Science, Synthesis and Policy in Taipei, Taiwan, November 6-8, 2014. 

Date:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013

This symposium aims to showcase research progress in Climate Adaptation Engineering and demonstrate the significance of this research for human settlement in urban and coastal areas.

Date:
Monday, June 3, 2013

This one-day symposium hosted by PIARN will explore a more profitable, less emissions-intensive primary industries sector. Leading national and international speakers will examine the current impacts of climate variability on agricultural industries, strategies to optimise future farm profitability, and how national and international carbon policy could support these responses. The symposium will conclude with a high calibre forum focused on ‘What the Carbon Farming Initiative could be’ for the Australian farming community.

Date:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Human activities are altering the Earth’s climate and degrading critical ecosystem services. Food and water security, and human well-being are all threatened. We can address these challenges and achieve a world that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. But to do so, we need to map out a more sustainable path. Come listen to Sir Bob Watson talk about where we are now, where we are headed if we do nothing, and how we can act now to ensure a more sustainable future.

Date:
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This free half-day workshop comprised seven 10 minute talks on hot birds & mammals and six 10 minute talks on hot humans by a range of experts from Monash, Deakin and Melbourne universities. The talks were followed by a discussion focused on finding areas of mutual interest, future projects and funding opportunities for collaborations, and lunch.

For more information on the program of speakers, click on the PDF below. Queries: natasha.kaukov@deakin.edu.au

Date:
Friday, March 22, 2013 to Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany held an international colloquium in March: 'Integrating Competing Interests in Urban Development International Scientific Colloquium'.

Date:
Friday, March 1, 2013

 

Linda Joyce, from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, will present on: Climate change and US forests. How the USFS is addressing climate impacts and adaptation options, institutionally and in land management.

Date:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This pioneering Think Tank explored the contribution that robust regional city centres can make in securing liveability and climate compatible economic development for regional cities and their hinterlands. 

Date:
Friday, November 30, 2012

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists is offering scholarships to Australian postgraduate students to assist them in bridging the gap between science and public policy.

Since its inception in 2002, the Wentworth Group has been active in advancing solutions to secure the long term health of Australia’s environment. Comprised of eminent scientists and thinkers, the Group has three core objectives:

Date:
Thursday, November 22, 2012

As part of a double bill, VCCCAR visiting fellow Kate Lonsdale will give a talk entitled 'Learning for Adaptation – a reflection on organisational practice'.

Date:
Monday, November 12, 2012

Indigenous people have thousands of years of data, knowledge and practice relating to the diverse landscapes that span Australia. However, much more could be done to utilise this Indigenous knowledge in land and water management practices and policy.

In this event, a panel of international and local experts will discuss their experiences and offer their insights.

Brought by the Monash Sustainability Institute, the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, the National Climate Change Adapatation Research Facility (NCCARF) and VCCCAR.

Date:
Friday, October 26, 2012

A VCCCAR-Bureau of Meteorology Think Tank has featured at an international climate science conference.

Date:
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Congratulations to Dr Kate Lonsdale, Senior Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Professor Jonathan Overpeck, Founding co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, who have been selected to be VCCCAR’s annual visiting fellows for 2012 and 2013 respectively. 

Date:
Friday, September 21, 2012 to Saturday, September 22, 2012

Understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes is an important challenge for Australian scientists as well as for planners and politicians. This is one of a series of annual Royal Society Victoria Symposia on scientific issues of importance in Victoria.

There will be presentations and panel discussions on three aspects of the science of climate change:

Date:
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Special session on using narrative techniques

Session Chair: Jana Paschen

Presenters:

Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2012

Article from the Melbourne Newsroom

By using decades of vineyard records, scientists have for the first time been able to attribute early ripening of wine grapes to climate warming and declines in soil water content. The study reveals that management factors have also influenced the shift, offering hope for growers to develop adaptation strategies.

to read the full article click here.

Date:
Friday, July 13, 2012

A VCCCAR-Bureau of Meteorology Think Tank has featured at an international climate science conference.

Date:
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congratulations to our Stakeholder and Engagement Coordinator, Celeste Young, who won the award for Best Overall Poster at the 2012 National Adaptation Conference for her poster entitled Communicating Adaptation Effectively

Around 150 abstracts were selected to be made into posters for the 2012 conference. Celeste's poster shows the framework she has developed over years as a communication practitioner, adapted to climate change.

Date:
Thursday, June 28, 2012

With increasing global greenhouse gas emissions, and no clear internationally-agreed path for emission reductions, we are faced with a global climate that will be at least two degrees warmer than today in 70 years' time.

Date:
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jean Palutikof, Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility speaks with VCCCAR Director Rod Keenan at the 2012 Climate Adaptation in Action conference in Melbourne.

To watch a Youtube clip of the interview click here.

Date:
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Climate Change Adaptation Navigator is a web-based guidance framework designed to assist administrators and decision-makers in local government and other institutions to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

It provides information on all aspects of the process of adapting to climate change and allows users to develop a tailored approach to adaptation for their own organisation.

Date:
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 to Thursday, June 28, 2012

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility invites you to register for the 2012 Annual Conference: Climate Adaptation in Action: sharing knowledge to adapt. The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and decision makers to share knowledge and research approaches that inform policy and practice in planning for climate change with the goal of ensuring Australia is adapting well to climate change. 

VCCCAR will host its Annual Forum on Monday 25 June 2012 in association with Climate Adaptation in Action 2012. 

Date:
Monday, June 25, 2012

VCCCAR's third Annual Forum showcased our climate change research program. Leaders in climate adaptation discussed ways that research can be used by different levels of government to assist the community and industry better adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Date:
Monday, May 21, 2012 to Thursday, May 24, 2012

This international conference will focus on the current state of knowledge on climate change and forest ecosystems, services and activities. All issues concerning impacts, adaptation and mitigation will be addressed.

This conference is organised by international R&D projects: ECHOES, MOTIVE, BACCARA, TRANZFOR and REINFFORCE, under the auspices of COST, EC, IUFRO and other partners.

Applications to submit abstracts for an oral or poster presentation should following the procedure indicated on the conference website. Official registrations open on 1 October.

Date:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

VCCCAR's 2011 visiting fellow was Rob Wilby from Loughborough University.

Date:
Monday, April 2, 2012

Highlights and downloads now available from the 2011 VCCCAR Annual Forum

Date:
Thursday, March 8, 2012

The resources on which business relies are becoming more difficult to access and more costly. Changing patterns of economic growth and wealth are likely to strain infrastructure and natural systems. The unpredictable results of a changing climate will affect physical assets and supply chains. And businesses can expect an ever more complex web of sustainability legislation and fiscal instruments.

Date:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Phoebe Bond, Communications and Marketing Officer at VCCCAR, wrote and presented the prologue for a session at the Australian Science Communicators conference in Sydney in February. The session was titled Imagining the Future and the prologue took shape as a series of vignettes told from the perspectives of Melbourne’s future residents to reveal a probable future in 2030. The invention of characters and situations carried the factual messages of the most likely scenarios.

Date:
Sunday, January 1, 2012

VCCCAR will not be issuing an open call for research proposals for round three research commencing 2012. In response to advice regarding State Government climate adaptation research priorities for 2011-12 it has been decided to progress the next round of research as follows:

Date:
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In conjunction with the Global Cities Research Institute and The EU Centre at RMIT, VCCCAR presents a free seminar by Hans de Moel, with an introduction by Professor Rod Keenan, Director of VCCCAR.

Climate change is projected to have various impacts in the Netherlands. Particularly adverse impacts related to flooding are of crucial importance to such a low-lying, densely populated country. So how is the Netherlands planning to cope with these changes?

Date:
Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is recruiting EL1 and EL2 economists. Deadline for applications is Thursday 8 December 2011

Agency Website: http://www.daff.gov.au/ or see attached documents for more details.

Date:
Thursday, November 24, 2011

In this free public lecture Roy Neel will draw on his experience of climate change and sustainability politics in the United States to reflect on the key road blocks standing in the way of elective action –and on the importance of creative and courageous leadership in driving a rapid transition to a just and prosperous post carbon economy.

Date:
Friday, November 18, 2011

In this talk Nick Macgregor will summarise some of the observed changes in the natural environment in England that are thought to be at least partly the result of the changing climate.

He will also discuss some adaptation principles that have been developed in the UK to help guide conservation managers (principles also relevant for conservation in other countries). Finally, he will discuss practical examples of conservation management being carried out by government and non-government conservation organisations that takes climate change into consideration.

Date:
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Presented by Professor Tim Reeves and Associate Professor Richard Eckard, this webinar will  frame the challenge of creating a sustainably intensive of Australian agriculture industry, discussing the implications for food security, the research and development investment required and the sorts of transformations needed to put sustainable intensification into action.

Date:
Monday, October 24, 2011 to Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A symposium exploring the relationships between biodiversity, bushfires and planned burning in Victoria.

Please note, attendees are limited to 110, so an early application is strongly recommended.

The symposium will build on information garnered by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in response to the statement in the Commission's final report:

Date:
Thursday, October 13, 2011 to Friday, October 14, 2011

Participants attending this two-day conference will identify ways to acknowledge the uncertainties surrounding the impact of future climate change into today’s decisions, develop robust adaptation responses as part of their organisation’s strategic response  and emphasise the need to make adaptation planning a mainstream issue across organisations.

To register and for further information: http://www.3pillarsnetwork.com.au/events/final-program-caf.pdf

Date:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This month Dr Lauren Rickards from the University of Melbourne will speak about using scenarios for climate adaptation. 

The Climate Change Adaptation 'Borrel' is an informal monthly gathering run by The Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP). It features a guest speaker (20 mins plus Q & A), followed by drinks and nibbles, and the chance to engage with CCAP team members and others attending.

The CCAP research agenda

Date:
Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Western Coastal Board has commenced a project to undertake economic valuation and social equity preference analysis of up to five coastal caravan and camping park (CCP) locations to develop a decision framework for climate adaptation that incorporates economic and social dimensions into decision making. The project is one of thirteen projects being conducted around Australia as part of the Australian Government's Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Projects program.

Services sought

Date:
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Expressions of Interest are invited from distinguished academics for a Visiting Fellowship (up to three months) in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of New England. The School comprises the disciplines of Geography and Planning, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology and Criminology.

Applications should be submitted to Ms Helen Creagan hcreagan@une.edu.au by 4pm on Friday 13 January 2012.

Date:
Monday, August 1, 2011

VCCCAR will not be issuing an open call for research proposals for round three research commencing 2012. In response to advice regarding State Government climate adaptation research priorities for 2011-12 it has been decided to progress the next round of research as follows:

Date:
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Successful applications for round 2 funding under the VCCCAR Think Tank program were announced at the Annual Forum.

Date:
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Communicating about Climate Change Adaptation: Reflections on a Workshop Process

VCCCAR sponsored workshop to be held on 17 November 2010 at RMIT Storey Hall

Date:
Monday, November 1, 2010

This page provides information and resources to assist groups wishing to submit research proposals for consideration for funding in 2010.

Please note applications must be made using the submissions template available as a link to this page by close of business, 3 November 2010. The template should be submitted in word format (not pdf please) to enquiries-vcccar@unimelb.edu.au.

 

Date:
Friday, October 1, 2010

Round 2 projects 

The second round of VCCCAR research projects were announced at the 2011 Annual Forum.

Date:
Friday, September 24, 2010

Learn more about the workshop to be presented by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society on 24 September 2010

Date:
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

VCCCAR's first annual forum provided an opportunity to review the Centre's progress to date in identifying priority areas for research, developing climate adaptation research projects, promoting regional engagement on climate adaptation issues via think tanks, the appointment of a visiting research fellow and the establishment of administrative and governance mechanisms. Equally important, the forum brought together researchers and government decision-makers to exchange ideas on how Centre's climate adaptation research program might develop over the next four years. Scoll down to view some of the materials presented on the day.

Date:
Monday, April 19, 2010
A seminar by Associate Professor Sverker Jagers
Department of Political Science, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) and the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, are pleased to host a seminar by Associate Professor Sverker Jagers from the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Sverker Jagers is a political scientist whose research interests include a strong cross-disciplinary focus on the relationship between climate change and political theory.

Date:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
A seminar by Dr Michael Robinson
Director, Primary Industries and Climate Change Centre, University of Melbourne and Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

Australia's rural research, development and extension (RDE) system is potentially at a crossroads. For decades, it has produced outstanding productivity growth. However, the system is crowded and competitive; it is often labelled inefficient and ineffective; it is constantly developing strategy; and it is often reviewed either in part or as part of larger reviews.

Date:
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Leading meteorologist to head VCCCAR Advisory Board.

One of Australia's leading climate scientists has been appointed as the inaugural chairperson of the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) Advisory Board. Professor John Zillman chaired his first board meeting on 9 March.

Date:
Monday, February 1, 2010

VCCCAR hosted 3 workshops on 15, 22 and 24 February 2010 as a key stage in the process for developing and selecting research projects that meet its research priorities for the first round of research funding.

Date:
Friday, January 1, 2010

VCCCAR's inaugural visiting fellow was Rob Roggema from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Rob accepted a position as Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University and now has a lead role in the VCCCAR funded research project 'Design-led decision support for regional climate change'.