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Joint lecture presented by ATSE Tasmanian Branch and the Royal Society of Tasmania
Climate challenges and the path to mitigation
The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of Tasmania (RST) bring together three outstanding speakers who will take the audience on the path from climate crisis to sustainable future.

Professor Nathan Bindoff, a three times lead author on the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report, will provide a snapshot of emerging new climate states, tipping points and extreme weather in our potential future with weather events more frequent and intense than ever before.

Learning from past events is key to mitigating the impact of climate change; ATSE Fellow Professor Mary O’Kane will examine the nature of the 2019-20 bushfires, why they raise some particular challenges for mitigation and how applied scientists can influence policy development effectively.

The energy sector plays a major part in climate change mitigation; Andrew Catchpole has for the last twenty years been involved in Hydro Tasmania’s participation in Australia’s National Electricity Market and will talk about the sector’s current mitigation strategies as they shift to sustainable energy production.

This event is open to the public.

People with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are encouraged to attend.

Jun 23, 2021 07:00 PM in Hobart

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Professor Mary O'Kane
Fellow @Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
Mary O’Kane is Chair of the NSW Independent Planning Commission, a company director, and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a company advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She was NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer from 2008-2018; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Adelaide from 1994-1996. Mary has served on several boards and committees in the public and private sectors, especially related to energy, engineering, Antarctica, ICT and research. She is currently Chair of the boards of Aurora Energy Pty Ltd and Sydney Health Partners and a member of the board of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre. She also carries out reviews in a wide range of fields in many countries. She recently was one of the two leaders of NSW Bushfire Inquiry.
Andrew Catchpole
Strategic Adviser @Hydro Tasmania
Andrew Catchpole has for the last twenty years been involved in Hydro Tasmania’s participation in Australia’s National Electricity Market. Roles have covered market entry and regulation, energy policy and stakeholder engagement, business sustainability and transformation. Most recently Andrew has had responsibility for corporate strategy, energy policy and regulation, advocacy, engagement and business development for Hydro Tasmania. He is a Fellow and former Director of the International Hydropower Association, and a Trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Andrew is currently establishing CatchOn Pty Ltd, a professional services consultancy assisting clients with development opportunities in the energy, water and resources sectors.
Professor Nathan Bindoff
Professor of Physical Oceanography @Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS
Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and is one of the world’s leading climate change scientists. Nathan Bindoff has been a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) three times, and contributed to the IPCC winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, shared with Al Gore. He was part of the team that coined the phrase ‘Global warming is unequivocal’.