7th Early Career Researchers National Forum & Workshop
Melbourne, 7-9 May 2012
|The seventh ACCARNSI Early Career Researcher Forum held in Melbourne from 7 to 9 May, provided participants with a unique opportunity to engage with other early career researchers on a wide range of climate change adaptation issues, including infrastructure, transport, planning, coastal settlements, adaptation tools, emergency management and social inclusion.
The Field Trip organised for Day 2 was an excellent example of climate adaptation strategies in action on a local government scale with the City of Port Phillip facilitating a number of talks and activities to showcase their work in the adaptation space. They were generous hosts putting on a superb vegetarian feast for lunch sourced from local organic produce. Special thanks must go to Lalitha Ramachandran for not only the program of activities (and delicious food) but also the dedication and determination she inspires in her team and the community to move forward with adaptation options for longer term benefits.
The final day of the Forum was held in conjunction with VCCCAR’s Climate Change Adaptation Think Tank on ‘Identifying gaps and finding best practice in assessing, managing and building resilience to climate emergencies’.
This event was kindly hosted by the University of Melbourne with support from ACCARNSI and the NCCARF ARN for Emergency Management and included presentations by Professor John Handmer, Network Convenor, NCCARF ARN for Emergency Management, ECR participant Dr Karyn Bosomworth, Dr Vinayak Dixit, researcher with UNSW’s Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation and Dr Kate White, Senior Lead, Global and Climate Change, US Army Corps of Engineers.
The aim of the event was to engage sectors, bringing together expert participants including researchers from across Australia, Victorian policy makers and operational decision makers in Local and Regional government to identify and improve strategies for policy and research which will assist Local and State Governments in reducing the impacts from climate related disasters on Settlements and Infrastructure and maximise flexibility for future adaptation.
Special thanks must go to Alianne Rance and Che Biggs from the University of Melbourne for inviting ACCARNSI to be a part of this event allowing our Early Career Researchers to engage with representatives from a wide range of sectors including established researchers, industry leaders and government, both local and state. It is always a pleasure for ACCARNSI to engage with Early Career Researchers in the Climate Change Adaptation space and support the communication of their research to a wider audience.
Participants from the 7th Early Career Researchers National Forum & Workshop
(Photos by Anna Rigosi)