Friday 21 September 9.00 am - 5.00 pm and Saturday 22 September 9.30 am - 1 p.m

Public Lecture:
Thursday 20 September Free Public Lecture Registration. Click here

The Climate Symposium on 21 & 22 September will be held at University of Melbourne in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Theatre, Parkville Campus Building 165 Room G20. Enter from Monash Road. Theatre is on Ground Floor on side closest to Monash Rd.

The Free Public Lecture on the 20th September will be held at the Basement Theatre, 'The Spot', Business & Economics (Building 110), 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton. Melbourne

This is one of a series of annual Royal Society Victoria Symposia on Scientific issues of importance to Victoria. It will consist of formal presentations and panel discussions on three aspects of the science of climate change.

  • The Physical Science
  • Impacts on Victoria
  • Adaptation to Climate Change

Speakers are leading academics from Universities, CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and the State Government. Most speakers have played leading roles in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The intended audience is University staff and students, Royal Society of Victoria members, representatives of planning authorities and the state government, and the general public.


Understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes are important challenges for Australian scientists as well as for planners and politicians.

* The Physical Science:
Talks and panel sessions on the observational record, on the major climate drivers for Victoria, on the science of climate change projections and on the science of extreme weather events.

* Impacts on Victoria:
Talks have been invited on the impacts on health, on water supply for cities and agriculture, and on sea-level rise and coastal inundation

* Adaptation to Climate Change:
Adaptation addresses options for reducing exposure and vulnerability to changing climate and its impacts. It also addresses options for increasing resilience to the potential adverse impacts of climate extremes.

The proceedings of the Symposium will appear as a special issue (in 2013) of the peer-reviewed journal: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria.