Top thinkers come together for forum on Paris climate talks

Will the Paris summit live up to its promise? Hear from experts including one of the world’s foremost climate scientists, Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, at a free public panel discussion and Q&A at UNSW on Tuesday 10 November.


Professor Stefan Rahmstorf's work focuses on the role of ocean currents in climate change (Photo: Karsten Schöne).

One of the world’s foremost climate scientists, Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, will headline a UNSW panel event on climate change as world leaders prepare to meet in Paris for crucial talks aimed at tackling global warming.

Professor Rahmstorf, an oceanographer at Germany’s Potsdam University and former IPCC lead author, joins an exciting line-up of Australian thinkers for the ‘Climate for Change’ debate on Tuesday evening 10 November.

Presented in partnership with The Sydney Morning Herald and hosted by UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs, ‘Climate for Change’ will examine the political, scientific, corporate and agricultural imperatives for action at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Joining Professor Rahmstorf will be business leader and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation Geoff Cousins and 2015 Young Farmer of the Year Anika Molesworth, who will attend the Paris summit.

SMH political and international editor Peter Hartcher and UNSW climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, a 2013 Young Tall Poppy Award winner, round out the panel, which will be moderated by ABC science broadcaster Robyn Williams.

The event will also feature a special video message from His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia.

UNSW is home to Australia’s leading climate scientists and renewable energy experts, and climate change is the first global “Grand Challenge” identified in the University’s 2025 strategy.

What: ‘Climate for Change’ panel discussion and public Q&A

Who: Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam University), Peter Hartcher (SMH), Geoff Cousins (ACF), Anika Molesworth (2015 Young Farmer of the Year), Sarah Perkins-Fitzpatrick (UNSW). Host: Robyn Williams (ABC)

When: 6pm for a 6:30pm start, Tuesday, 10 November. Finishes at 8:15pm

Where: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

Register: ‘Climate for Change’ is a free public event and refreshments will be served. Registration is essential. For more information visit the event page: