Headline speaker

Professor Tim Flannery BA MSc PhD ASS

Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers on sustainability and the environment. A scientist, explorer and conservationist he has undertaken over 20 expeditions to

remote regions and written over 30 books. He was described by Sir David Attenborough as one of the great explorers, and as a scientist who’s discovered more new species than Charles Darwin. His landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers have changed the

way we think about the environmental challenges facing the world. Named Australian of the Year in 2007, he works with governments and businesses globally on climate change action.

In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and heads the Australian Climate Council.

Invited speaker

Professor David Karoly

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Dr Tom Beer D.Sc., Ph.D.
Director of Safe System Solutions   

Tom Beer, D.Sc., Ph.D. is a Director of Safe System Solutions Pty. Ltd., (www.safesysemsolutions.com.au) an Australian consulting engineering company specialising in road safety and risk management, that was, in December 2017 awarded (jointly with VicRoads) the Prince Michael International Award for Road Safety.

He is the first (and so far, only) Australian to be elected President (2007-2011) in the 100-year history of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), which is the body representing world-wide researchers examining the solid Earth, the fluid Earth and the shape of the Earth. Australia was a founding member.

Dr Beer received both the 2016 University of Sydney Alumni Award for International Achievement and the 2016 American Geophysical Union International Award for his work as the Immediate Past President of the Australia-New Zealand Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis, as Past President of IUGG and his past work as Leader of the Hazards Science Theme of the International Year of Planet Earth. Dr Beer chaired the meeting at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences that, in June 2002, adopted the Budapest Manifesto on Risk Science and Sustainability (http://www.iugg.org/publications/reports/budapest.pdf). This framework has now been adopted into the International Risk Standard ISO 31000.  During 1995 he was Science Adviser to the Environment Protection Agency in Canberra and undertook a risk review of national environmental priorities. Subsequently, Dr Beer undertook two of the preparatory studies for the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality.  He was a lead author for the Atmosphere Theme Report of the Australian 2001 and 2006 State of the Environment reports.

Prior to his current position, he led the Climate Research Program of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), a partnership between CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.   He is an international expert on environmental risk management, including greenhouse gas and air quality issues and particularly their application to transport and to health.  He was part of the team that won the CSIRO Chairman’s medal in 2000 with his component being the analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from hybrid electric vehicles.

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, having set up the Alternative Fuels research stream of the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship, and was also elected a Fellow of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand, having founded their Risk Special Interest Group specifically to examine issues related to the environmental sustainability of fuels. From 2001 to 2010 he applied life-cycle assessment and risk assessment methods to alternative transport fuels and co-ordinated a number of influential studies. Dr Beer led various consortia of researchers to examine: the appropriateness of the then Government’s 350ML biofuels target; to examine the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions from maize (a possible feedstock for ethanol), and during 2007-2009 collaborated with Orbital Engine Corporation on a major study of the health effects of ethanol in petrol.

Dr Beer has been elected as an Academician of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in 2016 was invited by the President of the Academy to be a member of the International Advisory Board for the National Water Sciences Research Programme. In 2012 he was appointed, and in 2015 re-appointed, to the Committee for Scientific Planning and Review of the International Council for Science (ICSU). He was an advisor, for a decade, to the Mekong Commission in relation to modelling salinity in the Mekong River.  He has been a lead author, and an expert panel member for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which sent him a certificate of appreciation when the IPCC was awarded half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr Beer is the author or editor of over twenty-eight books, over 115 articles in refereed journals, a similar number of book chapters and papers in conference proceedings, and over 50 specialised restricted consultancy reports.

Invited speaker

Professor Lidia Morowska
Chief Climate Council

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Dr Ben Barratt
Reader in Environmental Exposures & Public Health and Deputy Director of the Environmental Research Group at Imperial College

Dr Ben Barratt is a Reader in Environmental Exposures & Public Health and Deputy Director of the Environmental Research Group.

The early part of his career focused on the establishment of co-ordinated air quality monitoring networks, including the London Air Quality Network, which became the largest urban network in Europe. He has since utilised this foundation in measurement techniques and data handling to develop analysis methods to characterise sources, trends and behaviour in urban air pollution. He specialised in the evaluation of technological or policy driven initiatives to improve air quality, including the London Congestion Charging Scheme and Low Emission Zone, the outputs of which have been used as evidence for future national and international schemes.

The aim of more recent research is to improve the resolution of environmental exposure assessments for panel, cohort and large-scale population studies. This is linked to the development of tools to allow the public to make informed choices to reduce their own exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution. His research is often in collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams ranging from toxicology and population health through to behavioural science and policy development.

He is head of the Exposure Science Team, currently comprising five research associates, two research assistants and up to six PhD students. The overarching aim of his team’s work is to better characterise individual and population-level exposure to environmental stress, how this relates to the health of susceptible population subgroups, and methods of public health improvement. Much of the focus of the teams work is on global air quality, primarily in China and Sub-Saharan Africa.