2010 Program


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
Time Session Type
8.30am – 10.30am
Arena 1
1.1 Opening Plenary
Chairs: Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor, Griffith University

  • Welcome to Country, Mr Graham Dillon, Kombumerri elder
  • Welcome by conference convenors Jean Palutikof, NCCARF and Andrew Ash, CSIRO
  • Welcome: Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water
  • Professor Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist, UNEP
  • Dr R.K. Pachauri, Chair, IPCC and Dr Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice Chair, IPCC: Climate Change, Adaptation, and IPCC
  • Professor Martin Parry, Imperial College, UK, The challenge for adaptation: the legacy from Copenhagen
  • Johanna Mustelin and Laura Canevari Youth perspectives on climate change adaptation
10.30am – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am – 12.40pm
Arena 1
1.2 Plenary: Frontiers in adaptation science
Chair: Bryson Bates, CSIRO, Australia

  • Uncertainty/limits to adaptation/adapting to +4oC: Steve Schneider, Stanford University, USA
  • Food security/natural environments: Mark Howden, CSIRO, Australia
  • Sustainability and adaptation: Atiq Rahman, BCAS, Bangladesh
12.40pm – 2.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 1.40pm Open meeting: Making sense of new global scenarios for adaptation research. Room 5
Chair: Tim Carter, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Speaker: Richard Moss, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/University of Maryland
2.00 – 3.30pm 1.3 PARALLEL SESSIONS
Thread 1
Understanding and communicating adaptation
Thread 2
Adaptation by sectors
Thread 3
Adapting from the grass roots
Thread 4
Frameworks for adaptation
Thread 5
Adaptation at the edge
Thread 6
Human welfare and adaptation
Parallel Session 1.3.1
Room 6

Scenarios of the future for adaptation
Tim Carter (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE),
Mark Stafford Smith (CSIRO)
Parallel Session 1.3.2
Arena 1

Adapting agriculture to climate change
(session 1 of 2)
Mark Howden(CSIRO), Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA, Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
Parallel Session 1.3.3
Room 5

eighteenA Climate of Uncertainty: Indigenous Land Managers, vulnerabilities and adaptation to climate change
Convenor:Marcia Langton (University of Melbourne)
Parallel Session 1.3.4
Room 9
threeThe economics and costs of adaptation


Frank Jotzo (Australian National University)

Parallel Session 1.3.5
Room 7
nineteenCoasts, deltas and small islands (session 1 of 2)


Robert Nicholls (University of Southampton), Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne), Tim Smith (USC)

Parallel Session 1.3.6
Room 8
oneAdaptation and the community(session 1 of 2)


Coleen Vogel (University of Witwatersrand), Lisa Schipper (Stockholm Environment Institute)

3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm – 5.30pm 1.4 PANEL SESSIONS
Panel Session 1.4a Panel Session 1Arena 1

Financing Adaptation: International transfers and global geopolitics

Organiser: Saleemul Huq, (International Institute for Environment and Development)

Panel members: Ian Noble (World Bank), Jean-Bernard Carrasco (AusAID), Emma Tompkins (University of Leeds), Saleemul Huq (IIED)

1.4b Panel Session 2Room 5-6

Is building resilience the answer?

Organiser: Terry Hughes, (James Cook University)

Panel members: Chris Cocklin (JCU), Eddie Allison (WorldFish Center), Joshua Cinner (JCU), Nick Graham (JCU), Louisa Evans (WorldFish Center)

1.4c Panel Session 3Room 7-8

Measuring the effectiveness of adaptation

Organiser: Rob Kay, (Coastal Zone Management)

Panel members:Cynthia Rosenzweig (GISS), Will Steffen (Australian National University), Andrew Haines (LSHTM), Bruce Thom (University of Sydney)

5.45pm – 6.15pm
Arena 1
1.5 Welcome Reception
Speaker: Climate change: a personal view of adaptation and mitigation in the Australian contextTim Flannery, Macquarie University, Australia
6.15pm – 7.30
Poster Session
1.6 Poster presentations & refreshments:

  • Adapting agriculture to climate change
  • Scenarios for the future of adaptation
  • Coasts, deltas and small islands
  • The economics and costs of climate change
  • Research meets business and industry