Posts Tagged ‘public lecture’

Deliberative Democracy and Sustainable Transport: Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 12th, 2013

18 April , 2013
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

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Peter Newman has been driving policy changes towards sustainable transport in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne over the past 30 years. Much of his success is due to working from the bottom up as well as the top down. This lecture will outline new projects in India where deliberative democracy has been planned into the structure of a street design exercise in Pune, and a train and station upgrade in Bangalore. Working with Janette Hartz-Karp from CUSP, Peter will report on the results of this work.

This event is co-hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Thursday 18 April 2013, 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Executive Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry St, Carlton, Melbourne.

Free event, but please register:

About the speaker:

Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) in Fremantle. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include Green Urbanism in Asia (2013), Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), Green Urbanism Down Under (2009) and Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence with Je Kenworthy, which was launched at the White House in 1999.

Renewables 2012: Positioning Australia in a Global Context

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 27th, 2012

20 September , 2012
6:30 pmto7:00 pm

This free public seminar featuring Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21 will provide insight into advances being made in renewable energy business and policy in both developed and developing economies and will position the Australian industry within this global context.

REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is the world’s most frequently referenced report on renewable energy business and policy. The most recent report, released in June this year, found that in 2011:

  • renewable energy sources supplied 16.7% of global final energy consumption
  • 118 countries were implementing renewable energy targets
  • investment in renewables increased to a record $257 billion, and
  • photovoltaic module prices dropped by 50%.

The 2012 GSR highlights the steady growth of renewables in all end-use sectors – power, heating and cooling and transport – and across energy markets, support policies, investment and technology.

Concurrent with these global developments have been significant changes in Australia’s clean energy industry with the introduction of the carbon price, the commencement of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the review of the Renewable Energy Target.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
GM-15 Lecture Theatre, Level 1
Carlton Victoria, 3053

>> Please register for this free event.

Ms Lins’ presentation will be introduced by David Green, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council and followed by a panel discussion, featuring Kane Thornton, Deputy Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council; Malte Meinshausen, Senior Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne; Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute; and chaired by Tristan Edis, Editor, Climate Spectator.

City Square Seminars: Climate Change & Environmental Politics

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on December 12th, 2011

13 December , 2011
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Melbourne Free University at City Square in collaboration with Occupy Melbourne

The Future of the Electricity Network in Australia

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 23rd, 2011

24 August , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

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Effective and efficient transmission of electric power from generators to consumers is a vital part of the electricity system. Australia’s national transmission network is the longest AC system in the world, extending 5000km from Queensland to Tasmania to Port Augusta, supplying 19 million residents. As demand continues to grow and the penetration of renewables on the grid increases, the national transmission network will require significant extensions and upgrades. But what is the optimal design to support a very different energy system in the 21st century? Variable and distributed generation and potential large storage systems (such as an electric vehicle fleet) make this a diabolical question that the panel of experts will address in detail.

Wednesday August 24, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Carrillo Gartner Theatre
Corner Swanston Street & Monash Road
The University of Melbourne

Visit the booking site for more details or to register your attendance

Changing Places: Responsive housing, mobility systems, and networked intelligence for future cities

Posted in Events, Research, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on July 7th, 2011

22 July , 2011
6:15 pmto7:15 pm

CityHome Image,  © Daekwon Park for MIT Media Lab

Changing Places: Responsive housing, mobility systems, and networked intelligence for future cities

Professor Kent Larson, Director of the Changing Places Research Group, MIT Media Lab

To meet the profound sustainability, demographic, and health challenges of the future, new strategies must be found for creating responsive places where people live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them.

Professor Kent Larson will present the work of his MIT Media Lab research group to explore the intersection of high-performance housing with urban mobility-on-demand systems, including persuasive electric bike-lane vehicles to encourage exercise, the transformable live-work “CityHome” that functions as if it were much larger, and autonomous parking/charging technology. He will also review the group’s “Living Lab” experiments to better understand and respond to human activity in natural environments including sensing, algorithms, and interfaces for proactive health and energy conservation.

Friday 22 July 2011

Prince Philip Theatre
Ground Floor, Architecture Building
The University of Melbourne

To RSVP or to find out more about the lecture, go to the Melbourne School of Design site.

The Housing We’d Choose: Grattan Report Launch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2011

27 June , 2011
5:45 pmto7:00 pm

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Ask Australians what kind of home they want, and odds are they will say a detached house on a big block. The new report from the Grattan Cities Program, The Housing We’d Choose, shows that when residents are asked to make real-world trade-offs between housing and location, the picture is far more varied. The report examines both what Australians say they want from housing in their cities, and the incentives that make it difficult for new construction to meet this demand. Come and hear Grattan Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly in conversation with John Daley on the challenges to Australian cities and governments presented by The Housing We’d Choose.

Monday 27 June 2011

Registration at 5:45 pm Seminar 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

For further information please telephone 03 8344 3637 or visit our website at

The Blue Economy: Public Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 9th, 2011

10 June , 2011
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

The mission of The Blue Economy is to prove 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years, all with zero waste impact on the environment. Each innovation is inspired by science and draw on biomimetics and the laws of physics. They cover the full gamut of industrial activity, from energy to mining to medicine to banking. The innovations are summarized on the ZERI website and distributed around the world in partnership with UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), UNIDO ( United Nations Industrial Development Corporation), and The Club of Rome.

Gunter will also discuss his current initiative, which is to replace all nuclear power in Germany with renewables within 10 years without subsidies or hikes in tariffs. It uses a combination of three proven technologies:

- vertical wind turbines within existing high tension transmission towers
– biogas generation from waste water treatment plants and organic solid municipal waste
– solar using innovative film

Register for the event here.

Friday, June 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building
The University of Melbourne

Conflicts Between Climate, Energy and Water Policies: Lessons from Texas

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 1st, 2011

2 June , 2011
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE Melbourne Energy Institute
Conflicts between climate, energy and water policies: lessons from Texas

Speaker: Associate Professor Michael Webber

Prof. Webber will introduce the climate, energy and water nexus with particular reference to the situation in Texas, a jurisdiction of similar dimensions to Australia and with similar climate, energy and water challenges. He will outline the limits to new fossil, nuclear and renewable energy generation due to water scarcity, and the energy demand implications of supplementing water supplies. He will outline examples of potential knowledge, technological and regulatory solutions to the climate, energy and water nexus from Texas and the United States more broadly, and give his thoughts on priority policy measures.

Thursday 2nd June 5.30—7.00 pm

Graduate House, The University of Melbourne 220 Leicester Street, Carlton, Vic 3053

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Behaviour Change and Transport Policy: Lessons from Successes in Bogota

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 13th, 2011

17 May , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Source: GAMUT

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Behaviour Change and Transport Policy: Lessons from Successes in Bogata with Professor Juan Pablo Bocarejo

Professor Juan Pablo Bocarejo is professor at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia in the transportation field and the director of the Research Centre on Urban and Regional Sustainability (SUR), which develops projects in road safety, transport economics, policy, transport and traffic modelling, equity issues related to mobility, environmental impacts as well as land use and mobility. He is a civil engineer by training, with a PhD degree from University Paris Est. He has 15 years experience in urban transport and regional development projects. As a consultant he participated in the development of a range of projects leading to improvements in the transportation system and in Bogota and other Latin American cities, with a strong focus on sustainability. He has participated in projects such as improvements to public transport through BRT development, Bicycle Master Plans and cultural and behavioural change programs.

Tuesday, 17th May; 6.30pm start
Venue: E- Zone Theatre at The University of Melbourne

Presented by GAMUT and Bicycle Victoria

Free Admission, No Need to Book.

Climate Change and Migration from the South Pacific

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on April 4th, 2011

14 April , 2011
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

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It is often said that climate change imperils the small islands of the Pacific Ocean, and will drive waves of refugees towards Australia. This lecture presents and then interrogates this popular narrative about climate change and migration from the Pacific Islands. It draws on a range of theories and evidence to make sense of the issue, arguing that while much of the popular narrative is theoretically and empirically unsubstantiated, there are nevertheless some reasons for concern. A more constructive way of understanding the issue is offered, and some ways forward for Australian policy are proposed.

Speaker: Professor Jon Barnett
Department of Resource Management and Geography
University of Melbourne

Location: Theatre 1, 221 Bouverie St Carlton (building 379). Download map here (ref O18).
Date: Thursday 14th April
Time: 5.30pm

Prof. Jon Barnett is a political geographer whose research investigates the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems, with a focus on risks to human security, hunger, conflict, and water stress.  He has been conducting research on the social and institutional dimensions of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change since 2000. This has included field based research in the South Pacific, China, and Timor-Leste.

Jon is host convenor of the research network on the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change, which is part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
Jon is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group II, Chapter 12), the Executive Editor of the adaptation domain of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, and is on the editorial board of Global Environmental Change.

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