ACCARNSI Early Career Research Forums

ACCARNSI hosts two National Forums/Workshops each year to bring together early career researchers from around Australia with an interest in climate change adaptation research related specifically to Settlements and Infrastructure.

Early career researchers from Australian universities, industry and government are invited to apply for one of twenty places in each forum. A travel grant of up to $500 AU is available to all successful interstate participants to help offset travel and accommodation expenses.

The forums aim to provide a unique opportunity for those conducting research in engineering, science, urban planning, built environment, social sciences, economics and business to meet fellow researchers in other Australian institutions and facilities. The forums also highlight the broad range of climate change adaptation research being carried out in Australia as well as presenting the potential to influence the future direction of climate change adaptation research in Australia.

ACCARNSI has been fortunate to have many talented early career researchers from around Australia participate in past forums and will continue to support this initiative in order to provide a forum and networking opportunities for early career researchers in climate change adaptation research.

Presentation slides from our 13th ECR Forum and Workshop held in Sydney are available below. Just click on the presentation title.

'Bruny Island Smart Grid Pilot: Beating the Utility Death Spiral with Distributed Storage' Veryan Hann, University of Tasmania, TAS

'Infrastructure Adaptability and Sustainability' Reza Taheriattar, University of New South Wales, NSW

'Designing Ecosystem Based Adaptation Projects - A Case Study of Tanna Island Vanuatu' Dan Ware, Griffith University, QLD

'Coupling Coastal Process Modelling for Evaluating Ecosystem Based Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Pacific' Fernando Andutta, Griffith University, QLD

'Understanding Regional Oceanography to Better Understand the Impact of Climate Change in the South Pacific' Serena Lee, Griffith University, QLD

'Local Coastal Process Assessment for Ecosystem Based Adaptation' Gaelle Faivre, Griffith University, QLD

'Individual Migrant's Consumption Behaviours and Climate Change' Christina Ting, Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

'Do Heatwaves Cause Hot Tempers? How Extreme Heat Impacts Crime in NSW and What This Means under a Changing Climate', Heather Stevens, Macquarie University, NSW

'Knowledge Networks Shaping Climate Change and Governance', Rebecca Cunningham, University of Technology Sydney, NSW

'Understanding and Advancing Adaptation through a Third Sector Sustainability Organisation', Kate English, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD

'Views on Climate Change related to Agricultural Practices and Biodiversity in Australian Wheatbelt Regions', Dennis Williamson, Deakin University, VIC

'An Evaluation of Adaptation Infrastructure Planning in Playford City Council, South Australia: A Case Study of Virginia, SA', Chandani Panditharatne, University of South Australia, SA

'Exploring Wind Ventilation Corridors for Urban Heat Island Mitigation in Sydney Australia', Baojie He, Univeristy of New South Wales, NSW

'Understanding Future Climate Data for Resilient Built Environments', Anir Upadhyay, University of New South Wales, NSW

'Urban Planning Approaches for Ensuring the Appropriate Development and Use of Vulnerable Coastal Land', Ashley Robb, Curtin University, WA

'Predicting Storm Erosion on Sandy Coastlines using a Bayesian Network', Tomas Beuzen, University of New South Wales, NSW

'Visualisation Methods for Linking Scientific and Local Knowledge of Climate Change Impacts', Scott Lieske, University of Queensland, QLD

Presentation slides from our 12th ECR Forum and Workshop in Adelaide are available below. Just click on the presentation title.

'XDI - The cross dependency initiative'  Jacquelyn Lamb, Climate Risk, NSW

'Climate change risks - Approaches to resiliency and adaptive capacity for infrastructure'  Dr Kate Panayotou, GHD, NSW

'Predicting climate change risks for pacific coastal and maritime supply chain infrastructure? Jack Dyer, University of Tasmania

'Sustainability starts with children: Child friendly precinct design for active travel and active play'  Hulya Gilbert, University of South Australia

'How the public and policy could be better engaged in climate change adaptation'  Dr Li Meng, University of South Australia

'Adaptation of transportation systems to climate change in Ghana: Potential risk, existing policies and requirements'  Martin Larbi, University of Adelaide

'Climate change adaptation and new migrants'  Christina Ting, Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

'Pro-environmental 'spill-overs' in community settings three years on'  Gabriele Fitzgerald, University of South Australia

'Predicting the impacts of urbanisationon biodiversity in climate changing times'  James Plummer, University of South Australia

'Drivers and barriers to heat stress resilience in the urban context'  Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs, University of South Australia

'Climate change adaptation through community engagement in the Yorke and Mid North region in South Australia  Dr Chandani Panditharatne, University of South Australia

'The role and responsibilities of Local, State and Federal government in coastal management and planning for climate change' Nicole Pelton, University of Adelaide

'Coastal management hotspots across WA'  Tim Stead, State Department of Transport, WA

'The Peron Naturaliste Partnership: An overview' Joanne Ludbrook, Peron Naturaliste Partnership, WA

'Present and future building design considering climate change' Professor John Boland, CRC for Low Carbon Living & University of South Australia

'The problem can't be ignored ... and it won't go away! Looking back at 50 years of response to coastal erosion' Professor Rodger Tomlinson, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith University

Presentation slides from our 11th ECR Forum and Workshop in Canberra are available below. Just click on the presentation title.

'Developing a sense of place: interviewing for community views'  Tayanah O'Donnell, University of Canberra

'Modelling for integrated regional transport planning'  Dr Li Meng, University of South Australia

'The end-point of adaptation: What are the implications of 'climigration' for spatial planning?'  Dr Tony Matthews

'Supporting sustainable regional development through improved governance and institutional design'  Dr Lain Dare, University of Canberra

'Impact of extreme climate events on agricultural productivity and profitability'  Matthew Peck, Griffith University

'The effects of building facades on outdoor microclimate - Framework for in-situ observations'  Jonathan Fox, University of New South Wales

'Water demand of heterogenous urban vegetation'  Dr Hamideh Nouri, University of South Australia

'Evaluating the thermal performance of urban green infrastructure at local scale: A methodology framework'  Carlos Bartesaghi Koc, University of New South Wales

'An overview of financing models for coastal protection in Australia'  Dan Ware, Griffith University

'Visualisation methods for linking scientific and local knowledge of climate change impacts'  Dr Scott Lieske, University of New South Wales

'A conceptual Climate Resilience Framework (CRF) for sustainable development focussing on flood and drought: Investigating the dimensions of Input Uncertainty'  Syed Abu Shoaib, University of New South Wales

'Tourism and climate change adaptation: just one more issue for sustainable tourism destinations?'  Brian Weir, University of Canberra

'Adapting whale watching to climate change - a case study from the east coast of Australia'  Dr Olaf Meynecke, Griffith University

'Tasmanian Regional Climate Adaptation 'Lessons learned and what happens next. "Or what it is really like at the coal face."'  Katrina Graham, Hobart City Council

All participants’ abstracts can be viewed by clicking on the forum links below.


PhD Candidate, Nadine White from Southern Cross University had these thoughts to offer after participating in the 4th National Forum in Adelaide in November 2010;

“The Early Career Researchers Workshop and Forum was a fantastic opportunity to meet other researchers in the field of climate change adaptation related to settlements and infrastructure. The diversity of projects meant the program of presentations was interesting and eclectic and I particularly gained a lot from the different methodological approaches that people are applying.
There were a range of pragmatic, empirical, conceptual and theoretical studies which weaved together to form a wonderful overview of adaptation research. It was great to have a mix of post-grads, post-docs and in particular people from industry and government to keep us focussed on the needs of end-users. Established researchers from the ACCARNSI network also presented on their particular field of interest.
The program incorporated a break from the conference room and we headed to McLaren Vale to taste superb local wines. The trip back took us along the coast and our guide Murray Townsend pointed out issues that had implications for climate change adaptation in the coastal settlements. In all, the forum was a fantastic learning and sharing experience and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Nadines's appreciation was also shared by PhD Candidate, Tayanah O'Donnell from the University of Western Sydney;

“Just a quick note to say thanks for all the organising; it was great to have been selected to attend the ECR last week. Really appreciate it! It was one of the best workshops I have been to, including legal conferences back when I was practising law.”