As part of its climate outreach scheme, the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) is runninga series of Symposia tackling a variety of issues related to climate change adaptation, round the world. An overview

of the planned events can be seen at:
Consistent with the goals of the outreach programme, we are pleased to announce the call for papers for the “World Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies to Costal Communities”, to be held in Samoa, South Pacific, on 5th-7th July 2017.
Climate change is known to impact coastal areas in a variety of ways. According to the 5th Assessment Report produced by the Inter-

Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), coastal zones are highly vulnerable to climate change and climate-driven impacts may

be further exacerbated by other human-induced pressures. Apart from sea level rise which poses a threat to both human well being and

property, extreme events such as cyclones and storm surges lead not only to significant damages to property and infra-structure, but to salt water intrusion, the salinisation of groundwater, and intensification of soil erosion, among many other problems. There are also many negative impacts to the natural environment and biodiversity, which include damages to important wetlands and habitats that safeguard the overall ecological balance, and consequently the provision of ecosystem services and goods on which the livelihoods of millions of people depend.
These impacts are particularly acute in the developing countries and island Sates in the Pacific, Caribbean, Latin America and Asian region, since they have limited access to the funding and technologies needed to allow them to be more resilient and recover from the damages caused by hurricanes, floods and other extreme events.
The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects coastal areas and communities, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and the communities in coastal areas to adapt and become more resilient. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change in coastal regions.
It is against this background that the “World Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies to Costal Communities” is

being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany),

Manchester Metropolitan Universiy (UK), the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and ADRIA Samoa. The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing climate

change projects in coastal areas and working with coastal communities. The aims of the Symposium are:
i. to discuss the influences of, the damages and the threats posed by climate change to estuaries and coastal communities;
ii. to introduce approaches, methods, initiatives and projects which demonstrate how coastal communities can successfully

meet the challenges climate change poses to them. Here, an emphasis will be on the latest research, but also on

infra-structure projects, demonstrations on the use of technologies and natural and artificial means to reduce the

impacts of extreme events and sea level rise to coastal communities;
iii. to introduce funding schemes and mechanisms which can finance climate change adaptation in coastal areas and

iv. to network the participants, disseminate examples of best practice and foster collaboration in this very important field.
Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available

today. To this purpose, the book “Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Costal Communities” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning book

series “Climate Change Management” published by Springer, which since its creation in 2008 has become the world´s leading peer-reviewed book series on climate change management.
Further details -and a full flyer- can be seen at:


Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

The 2016 Our Ocean Conference brought together Heads of State and Government, scientists, business leaders, NGOs and other stakeholders to tackle ocean issues. The Conference took place from 15-16 September 2016, in Washington, DC, US.
On protecting ocean areas, Cambodia established its first marine protected area (MPA), which covers 405 square kilometers. The US established a marine monument of 12,725 square kilometers covering the New England Canyons and Seamounts. The UK designated a sustainable use MPA throughout the St. Helena’s 445,000 square kilometer maritime zone and a roadmap to determine a MPA around Ascension Island. Ecuador announced the creation of a no-take marine sanctuary in its Galápagos Islands Marine Reserve, an area with the largest concentration of sharks in the world. Colombia’s announcement to quadruple the Malpelo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary also aims to protect one of the world’s largest aggregations of sharks. Seychelles will establish a 400,000 square kilometer MP by 2020 through a debt swap. Malta designated nine new MPAs that cover 3,450 square kilometers, an area larger than the country itself.
Several commitments expanded existing areas, including the US expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) will expand MPAs around each of its islands to 24 nautical miles, protecting an additional 184,948 square kilometers of its ocean waters. Other countries that announced commitments to create MPAs include Sri Lanka, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Morocco, Norway, Lebanon, Kuwait, the Republic of the Congo, New Caledonia and France.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in partnership with the Waitt Foundation and Blue Moon fund, committed US$15 million for the WCS MPA Fund, which aims to support efforts to meet or exceed the Aichi and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets of protecting 10% of the world’s ocean by 2020. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) committed US$33 million to the Fund, bringing its combined investment to US$48 million.
On promoting sustainable fisheries, the US reported on its Safe Ocean Network, which brings together 45 governments and organizations to combat illegal fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), with Ghana, Madagascar and Senegal committing to ratify the Agreement and countries announcing commitments for training and implementation. FAO also announced US$500,000 for its new global program to implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication. The GEF, Conservation International (CI) and Rare announced the US$18 million Meloy Fund for Small-Scale Fisheries, an impact investment fund that will provide financial incentives for small-scale fishing communities to conserve coral reef ecosystems in Indonesia and the Philippines.
The US announced that some members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Switzerland and Uruguay, have committed to launch negotiations on an international agreement under the WTO to prohibit subsidies linked to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as subsidies that contribute to overfishing and overcapacity. Countries and other stakeholders announced a number of other commitments, from national plans to combat illegal fishing to support for regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and other region sustainable ocean initiatives.
On reducing marine pollution, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with the support of the GEF, announced a New Plastics Economy initiative to re-think and re-design plastic packaging and replace plastics with sustainable materials. The GEF and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced US$2 million to support the Trash Free Seas Alliance, which aims to prevent plastic from leaking into oceans. GEF and UNEP also announced a project to address nitrogen pollution in lakes and oceans. Several countries announced bans on the production and use of plastic bags. [US State Department Press Releases] [Our Ocean Press Releases] [US State Department Press Release on Commitments] [GEF Press Release] [WCS Press Release] [Event Website] [FAO Press Release on Agreement] [FAO Press Release on Director-General’s Comments]

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Posted by: Hendra Siry | 19 September, 2016

Global Ethics and Climate Change Learning Guide

If 9781474403993you are teaching or studying the ethics of climate politics, you can download a just released publication from Edinburgh University Press the Global Ethics and Climate Change Learning Guide, a companion to Global Ethics and Climate Change (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). The learning guide can be freely downloaded at the following web address:
The learning guide is completely free and does not require any kind of registration, password, etc. For those who choose to purchase the companion book, Global Ethics and Climate Change, note that the publisher will pay all royalties directly to charity (Oxfam).

The University of Twente’s Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the short course ‘Formulating Project Proposals for Climate Resilient Development: Designing Green Climate Fund (GCF) Projects’

Dates: 16 weeks online (23 February-to 9 June 2017); 2 weeks residential in the Netherlands (12 to 23 June 2017)

The aim of the course is to develop participants’ skills in preparing proposals in the fields of clean energy access, environment and climate change so that they can mobilise climate finance, particularly from the Green Climate Fund, and catalyse clean energy deployment in developing countries.

Participants from backgrounds related to energy, environment and climate change will be admitted, such as: staff from National Designated Authorities (NDAs), staff from Accredited Entities or those seeking accreditation, entrepreneurs, consultants, project developers, government officials, policy advisors, and staff of utility companies and NGOs.

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Posted by: Hendra Siry | 18 September, 2016

Tentang CTI CFF 

1. Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) merupakan prakarsa enam Kepala Negara untuk meningkatkan kerjasama multilateral antar enam (6) negara meliputi Indonesia, Malaysia, Filipina, Papua Nuigini, Timor Leste, dan Kepulauan Solomon (CT6) dalam pengelolaan kawasan dan sumber daya alam secara berkelanjutan di dalam kawasan Segitiga Karang (Coral Triangle area) yang pusat kehidupan dan keanekaragaman kelautan dunia. 

2. Tujuan CTI CFF meliputi :
a. Ditetapkannya beberapa kawasan prioritas “bentang laut” (seascape) yang dikelola efektif (Designate and manage seascapes/large-scale geographies that are prioritised for investments and action, where best practices are demonstrated and expanded).

b. Diterapkannya “pendekatan ekosistem” pada pengelolaan perikanan dan sumber daya laut lainnya (Apply an ecosystem approach to management of fisheries and other marine resources):

c. Penetapan beberapa Kawasan Konservasi Laut dan dikelola secara efektif (Establish and to manage Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), including ccommunity-base resource utilization and management);

d. Tersusunnya tata cara dan metode penanganan adaptasi terhadap perubahan iklim (Achieve climate change adaptation measures for marine and coastal resources);

e. Tercapainya perbaikan status dan kondisi berbagai spesies yang terancam punah di laut (Improve the status of threatened species).

3. Kontribusi utama Indonesia dalam CTI CFF adalah fasilitasi pembentukan Sekretariat Regional (ratifikasi Perjanjian Pendirian, Sekretariat Regional Interim dan perjanjian fasilitas Indonesia selaku Host Country), pembangunan Gedung Regional Sekretariat di Manado, pemilihan Direktur Eksekutif, fasilitasi dan penyelenggaraan berbagai pertemuan startegis regional..  

4. CTI-CFF adalah wahana untuk meningkatkan profil diplomasi Indonesia di bidang konservasi sumber daya laut sebagai bentuk multi-layer diplomacy, yang relatif belum tersentuh. CTI-CFF memberikan peluang berinteraksi dan saling melengkapi serta mendukung mekanisme kebijakan luar negeri bilateral dengan negara-negara anggotanya khususnya di bidang kelautan.

5. CTI-CFF di bawah kepemimpinan Indonesia dapat menjadi forum yang efektif dalam memperkuat upaya pembenahan pengelolaan sumber daya laut. Berbagai upaya KKP saat ini seperti pemberantasan Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, pelarangan penggunaan alat dan cara tangkap ikan yang merusak ekosistem, penegakan peraturan zonasi dan tata ruang kawasan konservasi laut yang tegas dan perlindungan terhadap spesies laut yang terancam punah dapat direplikasi ke skala regional melalui CTI-CFF. Replikasi tersebut sejalan dengan Goals CTI-CFF, terutama Ecosystem Approach to Management of Fisheries Fully Applied, Marine Protected Areas Established and Effectively Managed dan Threatened Species Status Improved.

6. Sebagai penggagas CTI-CFF, Indonesia dapat lebih berperan untuk menentukan arahan masa depan organisasi yang dapat disesuaikan dengan kepentingan nasional serta disinergikan dengan kebijakan Indonesia di kawasan. Kepemimpinan dan peran strategis Indonesia dalam CTI CFF sangat sejalan dengan visi KKP yang mengandung tiga (3) esensi utama yaitu kedaulatan (sovereignty), keberlanjutan (sustainability) dan kemakmuran (prosperity) dan misi KKP untuk memperkuat jati diri sebagai negara maritim/kepulauan. 

7. Indonesia dapat mengambil berbagai manfaat sebagai berikut :

a. Anggota CI-CFF yang meliputi negara-negara Kawasan Pasifik yang memiliki cadangan sumber daya laut yang besar, dan CTI dapat menjadi sarana tambahan yang melengkapi upaya untuk mendukung ketahanan pangan Indonesia.

b. Indonesia dapat mengembangkan kapasitas konservasi sumber daya laut, perlindungan dan pelestarian sumber-sumber perikanan yang bermigrasi secara lintas batas negara 

c. Keanggotaan Indonesia dalam CTI-CFF dapat mendukung upaya diplomasi Indonesia di dalam organisasi regional yang bergerak dibidang sumber daya laut seperti Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) yang telah diratifikasi dengan Peraturan Presiden No. 9 Tahun 2007, Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) yang diratifikasi dengan Peraturan Presiden No. 109 Tahun 2007 dan Western-Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) dimana Indonesia telah menjadi “cooperating non-member” dan sedang dalam proses menjadi anggota penuh;

d. Terangkatnya profil dan reputasi Indonesia di dunia internasional sebagai tuan rumah dari sekretariat sebuah kerjasama regional;

e. Dampak positif dari segi pembangunan ekonomi lokal dapat diharapkan sejalan dengan didirikan dan beroperasinya sebuah organisasi regional bagi Kota Manado dan Provinsi Sulawesi Utara.

8. Inisiatif dan keikutsertaan Indonesia dalam CTI-CFF merupakan bagian dari upaya Indonesia untuk mentaati (“comply with”) dengan berbagai ketentuan internasional baik berupa perjanjian internasional yang telah diratifikasi maupun international guidelines meliputi :
a. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (1982 UNCLOS)

b. Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (United Nations Implementing Agreement/UNIA) 1995 

c. Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) 1995

d. United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) 1992

e. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) 1992 dan Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 1997

f. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 1973

9. Melalui CTI CFF, Indonesia bisa menerapkan pendekatan ekosistem dan pengelolaan bersama untuk perikanan yang berkelanjutan dan penguatan jejaring Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area (CTMPA) untuk melindungi ikan tuna, ikan karang dan ikan ekonomis penting lainnya pada masa/proses pemijahan di kawasan daerah perlindungan laut (marine protected area/MPA). Indonesia bisa melakukan kolaborasi dan kerja sama yang berkelanjutan untuk mencegah kegiatan IUU Fishing lintas batas/negara dan kegiatan perdagangan ikan karang hidup illegal.  

10. Indonesia bisa mengedepankan pentingnya penyusunan kerangka kebijakan regional untuk dapat dipatuhi oleh semua pihak yang terlibat pada perdagangan ikan karang hidup, termasuk eksportir dan importer seperti pengembangkan Cyanide Detection Test (CDT) yang akurat, pembentukan fasilitas laboratorium pada titik-titik pengumpulan ikan karang utama, pembentukan sistem monitoring dan pengumpulan data regional yang dapat memberikan data yang bermanfaat, akurat dan tepat, pelarangan atau pembatasan perdagangan, khususnya bagi spesies ikan karang yang sudah hampir punah seperti Napoleon wrasse (Cheilinus undulates).

11. Indonesia bisa mengambil peran strategis wadah yang dibangun CTI CFF yaitu Live Reef Fish Food Trade Inter-Governmental Forum (LRFFT). Upaya reformasi dan diplomasi perikanan Indonesia khususnya untuk perdagangan ikan karang hidup bisa difasilitasi melalui wadah ini dengan mendorong penguatan dalam negeri dan sinergi dengan negara-negara CTI dan Asia Tenggara yang menjadi pemasok sekaligus ekportir utama ikan karang hidup khususnya untuk dua tempat tujuan ekspor utama, China, Hong Kong dan Taiwan.  

12. Hingga saat ini telah terbentuk 9 (Sembilan) Kelompok Kerja yang masing-masing menangani Kawasan Perlindungan Laut, Bentang Laut, Pengelolaan Perikanan Berbasis Ekosistem, Adaptasi Perubahan Iklim, Spesies Laut Terancam Punah, Mekanisme Koordinasi, Sumberdaya Keuangan dan Monitoring dan Evaluasi. Kelompok Kerja tersebut telah menghasilkan berbagai produk berupa sistem, panduan dan kerangka kerja untuk memastikan bahwa kegiatan dilakukan dengan metode yang tepat, memiliki ukuran yang disepakati bersama dan dapat dipertanggungjawabkan secara keilmuan.

Posted by: Hendra Siry | 10 September, 2016

Blue Carbon Webinar

Webinar: Introduction to the Blue Carbon Calculator, a simple tool for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission accounting for ecosystem restoration projects

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 2pm – 3pm EST

REGISTER online at

The Blue Carbon Calculator estimates fluxes in GHG emissions from changes in coastal, riverine, and inland wetland ecosystems. The Calculator is an easy-to-use spreadsheet intended to help restoration practitioners and other users incorporate GHG considerations into the process of selecting and prioritizing future aquatic ecosystem restoration projects.

This webinar will cover:

  • Coastal restoration and ecosystem services quantification
  • Climate change action planning and the role of blue carbon and coastal restoration in climate change adaption and mitigation
  • What is the Blue Carbon Calculator and how does it work
  • Blue carbon policy implications and next steps

Speakers include:

Tim Purinton is the Director of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). DER was created in 2009 to meet the need for a statewide, ecological-based restoration program.

Nick Wildman is a Restoration Specialist for the Mass Division of Ecological Restoration. Nick is a project manager on eight restoration projects and leads the Division’s research on economic impacts of ecological restoration.


This free webinar is brought to you by Restore America’s Estuaries “Blue Carbon in Practice” webinar series, with funding support from NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation.

New to blue carbon? Check out our archived webinars to learn more about this new and evolving ecosystem service –

Background Information:

Coastal wetlands are on the forefront of climate change impacts, susceptible to sea level rise and stress from direct human activity, with potential impacts on carbon sequestration as well as other critical ecosystem services. Robust approaches to accounting for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or removals associated with human activities (including wetlands ecosystem restoration and climate change response actions) are currently under development. As GHG accounting approaches improve, more effective policies for coastal carbon management – also known as “blue carbon” – can be established.

If planned correctly, efforts to restore coastal and riverine ecosystems can reduce GHG emissions as well as improve other ecosystem service benefits that increase resiliency to changes in rainfall, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts (Crooks et al. 2014). It is important to keep in mind that changes to GHG emissions are only one of a suite of ecosystem services which result when degraded ecosystems are improved, enhanced, or restored. Creation of new freshwater wetlands for example, if converted from uplands can result, in an increase in methane production. However, the restoration of freshwater wetlands is important for many reasons including water filtration, stormwater storage, and habitat improvement. And, as sea levels rise, freshwater wetlands are increasingly important along the Massachusetts coast as migration areas for salt marshes as sea level rises. The intent of this analysis is to develop a better understanding of one important ecosystem service, not prioritize all restoration efforts around GHG emissions impacts.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is taking a leadership role as one of the first states to invest in tools specific to the evaluation of fluxes in GHG emissions associated with the management of coastal, riverine, and inland wetlands. The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (MassDER) in the Department of Fish and Game has implemented over 100 aquatic ecosystem restoration projects, restoring 1,582 acres of coastal and near coastal wetlands and removing 40 dams, restoring aquatic system connectivity and ecological processes (Commonwealth of Massachusetts 2015).

For purpose of this presentation, “Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects” include freshwater and saltwater wetland and river restoration efforts. Not included in the analyses are certain types of freshwater restoration such as vernal pool, lake and pond enhancement efforts or near-shore restoration such as eel grass or shellfish, although these restoration project types may be added later as the Calculator is revised. The goal of this presentation is to describe an initial methodology and Blue Carbon Calculator for estimation of fluxes in GHG emissions from coastal, riverine, and inland wetland ecosystems in Massachusetts. The Calculator is an easy-to-use spreadsheet intended to help MassDER and other users incorporate GHG considerations into the process of selecting and prioritizing future aquatic ecosystem restoration projects.

For more information, please contact ”

Stefanie Simpson

Blue Carbon Program Coordinator

Restore America’s Estuaries

703-524-0248 ext 6


Posted by: Hendra Siry | 3 August, 2016

Happy birthday ANU

Please find below the speech given by Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC at the 70th Anniversary celebrations for ANU in Llewellyn Hall, 1 August 2016.
Happy Birthday ANU!
Where we stand today is part of a landscape that local Aboriginal people lived in and managed for more than 21,000 years. There were open savannah grassland with eucalypt forests and a trickling creek leading to a river. The landmarks we know today like Black Mountain, Sullivans Creek and the Molonglo River were used by Aboriginal people as pathways to navigate across the landscape and bring them together in ceremonial meeting places.
And I pay my respect to Aunty Matilda and all the other elders, past and present and I thank them for allowing this great meeting place of ideas and thought to be located here.
What a wonderful group of speakers we’ve heard from this morning.
ANU people who have been part of shaping modern Australia and the modern world.
People who embody what it is that makes this University such a great community to belong to.  
Megan Stoyles reminds us that academic freedom is the most fundamental of values that helps define a University. The creation of new ideas, the challenging of old ideas and debating of competing ideas is the very basis for our existence. And the ability put forth our ideas with conviction to change the world in which we live.
I’m proud to celebrate with you today the 70th anniversary of this extraordinary institution. I know many of you, like me, have spent much of your student and working life as part of this community.
And I’m so proud to share this stage today with three of the twelve Vice-Chancellors who have led this great institution: Professor Dean Terrell, Professor Ian Chubb and Professor Ian Young. The work of each of you has substantially contributed to the reputation we hold today as a university of international renown. On behalf of this community, I want to thank each of you, and I personally want to thank you as the three Vice-Chancellors over my 21 years at ANU.
This place nurtured me. It gave me an opportunity to push the boundaries as a young researcher. It provided me with the environment I needed to develop and grow through the stages of my career, to learn and to be mentored by those who came before me.
I said on this stage in February that my ambition as Vice-Chancellor is to pay that forward. To foster a culture where we can all reach our full potential. Where excellence is cultivated, expected, understood and celebrated. A culture that attracts the best and brings out the best.
This is a unique institution. Our foundation in 1946 attracted little fanfare – we garnered just a few paragraphs on page 5 of The Canberra Times. But it was a nation building project of unique proportions.
The idea of a national university that would bring credit to our nation and help Australia take its place amongst the nations of the world was little more than a lofty ambition.
Big things do not necessarily have glorious beginnings. They require patience. They require persistence. And they require an unassailable belief by a community of people that they can build something extraordinary together. This is what happened with ANU.
By October 1949, our founders were transforming an empty paddock into a university. The foundation stones for the John Curtin School were laid by Prime Minister Chifley. By 1950 our first academic staff had arrived and found themselves working in temporary buildings as campus construction began. By 1952 the first permanent buildings of the University were finished.
We stand here in 2016 at the university they imagined, but didn’t get to see. A national university that by its 70th anniversary counts amongst its community nearly 100,000 alumni, 23,000 students and 4,000 staff. A national university that has risen to be one of the world’s great institutions. A national university that has populated the academic staff and leadership of Australian universities, building the foundation for one of the strongest university systems in the world.
We are part of the university where Sir John Eccles did his Nobel-prize winning work on synapses in the 1950’s. Where John Harsanyi did his Nobel-prize winning work on Game Theory in the 1960’s. Where in the 1970’s Peter Dougherty and Rolf Zinkernagel made their Nobel-prize winning discovery of how T-cells attack viruses, and where in the 1990’s, I was part of the Nobel-prize winning discovery of the accelerating expansion of the cosmos.
These breakthroughs didn’t happen at ANU by chance, nor did any of many equally important advances we have made. I know from my own experience, they happened because this institution created an environment that allowed something big and unexpected to occur.
I don’t say this lightly or frivolously.
There is a reason that 4 of the 5 Nobel Prizes won for work done at an Australian university, were for work done here. It is the same reason that we count a long list of achievements as an institution. From Frank Fenner’s leadership in eradicating smallpox, to playing a key role in the development of digital synthesisers, leadership in the development of the field of demography, modelling of photosynthesis, discovering the DNA sequence related to Lupus, and I could go on and on and on.
Fostering an environment and creating opportunities for research that changes lives, that changes knowledge and that changes society is fundamental to who we are, and who we want to continue to be. If we are able to realise our collective vision for the ANU, a catalogue of iconic works, advances, and discoveries will follow, enriching and improving life here in Canberra, in Australia, and around the world.
Our 70th Birthday is a day to both celebrate our past and to commit to our future. We are still a young institution. Those of us here today have the privilege of writing the next chapter of this university’s history. We have the responsibility to hand to coming generations an institution even greater than the one we have inherited.
In my first 7 months as Vice-Chancellor, I have had the chance to talk with more than a thousand of you about our ambitions for the future of ANU:
Our collective vision is clear:
• We want to be a university and a community that thinks big and bold, that is audacious in its ambition

• We want to be a university that stands and is counted amongst the best in the world

• We want to be a university that is distinctive in its service to the nation and the world

• We want to be a university that brings together students from across the country, the region, the world, from all social and economic backgrounds. That brings them together in a community of learning that gives them the grounding and confidence to change the world
Together we are mapping out a plan for the next 10 years of ANU, a plan that will ensure that we leave a great legacy for future generations.  
Today, as part of our birthday celebrations, I’m delighted to announce some initiatives that are a down payment on that plan. These initiatives have come from your contribution to the discussions about our future, and set us on the path of building the university to which we all aspire.
Research is the heart of all we do. Our research informs our education, it shapes our policy contribution and it transforms the society in which we live.
If we are to cement our long-term place as one of the world’s great universities, we need to retain, recruit and support some of the best researchers in the world.  
We will attract some of the very best researchers in the world by providing substantial start-up grants for high-potential early and mid-career researchers, enabling us to compete against any institution in the world. These funds will also give these researchers the freedom to embark on their big ideas at the height of their creativity, free of the constraints of overly conservative grant funding. This investment is really an investment in the long-term future of brilliant people and in the long-term future of this university.
ANU already offers an educational experience like no other in Australia. An ANU education extends well beyond the classroom, through to our campus cultural and community life, our residential experience and the international experiences we offer many of our students. We will build upon this unique experience to make sure that an ANU education sits comfortably amongst the top ten in the world.  
Professor Bruce Chapman changed the way this country provides affordable access to university education, an initiative adopted by many nations.
ANU will lead the country in changing the way that universities admit students. Students applying to ANU will be considered on the whole person, not just their ATAR score.
Students applying to ANU will have co-curriculum and community contributions recognised as part of their entrance criteria. Our scholarship program will be national and take into account outstanding academic results, non-academic achievement and financial need. These changes will be implemented over the next several years, and will enable students applying to ANU to also apply for scholarships and accommodation, all at the same time.
We will celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding teachers through the award of Distinguished Educator. This award will recognise great teaching and provide funds for these educators to further extend their teaching and share their knowledge across the University.
ANU will extend the residential experience for which it is renowned. By 2021, we will provide any student who wants to live on campus the opportunity to do so, including postgraduate students and students with children.
And for our students who already call ANU home, from 2017 we will extend the current best pastoral care ratio to all of our undergraduate residential communities. This means every undergraduate residential community will have a Senior Resident for every 25 residents.
And whether you live on – or off campus you will appreciate revitalisation of Union Court as the beating heart of the University community. It will be home to enhanced student and staff services, dedicated event spaces, and new sporting and recreation facilities.
We will show the nation and our international peers that outstanding research and teaching go together, building campus-wide learning and teaching spaces and creating next generation approaches to education in the transformed Union Court precinct.
Union Court will bring Canberra to our campus, and be full of life from early morning until late into the evening.
You heard this morning from Professor Mick Dodson, one of Australia’s great leaders.
The research of Professor Dodson and his many colleagues across this campus on Indigenous issues is a foundation of this university. One upon which we must now build a program like no other in Australia. One where we become partners with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in bringing about reconciliation. One where ANU becomes the university of choice for Indigenous Australians.
We will launch a Post-Doctoral Fellowship program for Indigenous PhD graduates that is designed to develop academic careers and lead to faculty positions. This program will build a substantial Indigenous research and education community that is essential for us to fulfil our mission, including generating Indigenous-led research which informs and influences government policy.
The Tjabal center, led by the endlessly energetic Aunty Anne Martin, is the heart and soul of the campus experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We commit to ensuring it has a secure long-term future at this University.
As the national university, our world goes well beyond the borders of our campus. We need to take our research to business, government, and civil society. And we need to bring business, government and civil society to us.
We will lead Australia, creating a new paradigm for Australian universities working as partners with business, government and civil society.
We will launch an Entrepreneurial Academics Program that will bring people who excel in research and in business to ANU so that we can all learn from them. I can promise you some exciting announcements about this in the not too distant future.
From next year, students in any ANU undergraduate degree will have the opportunity to complete a major in ‘Innovation and Professional Practice’. This major will comprise a new suite of Vice Chancellor’s courses to be taught by experts across the university and from business, the innovation sector and government. We will also be offering a Master of Innovation and Professional Practice as well as a suite of courses aimed at our PhD students.


We will do these things in partnership and with guidance from the business community. I will be appointing a Business and Industry Advisory Board to provide me with the critique and advice we need to improve how we work with business. I am delighted to announce today that Brian Hartzer, the CEO of Westpac, has agreed to serve as our Chair.
ANU is renowned for our impact on public policy. Our academic staff have advised and influenced government across every aspect of public policy. But we can do more to pull the excellence in policy research from across our university and apply it to the grand challenges facing our world. We will establish a cross-campus forum that, while supporting the role of the Crawford School of Public Policy as a central focal point, will bring together all the strands of public policy at ANU and act as a policy incubator.
ANU people have played an enormous role in changing the position of women in our society. While women like Elizabeth Reid and Susan Ryan changed the way the world is for women in Australia, I am sorry to say that our university does not yet deliver equal outcomes for women and men.
While considerably more than half of our students are now women, women still do not progress to the senior academic levels of the University at the same rate as their male counterparts.
ANU commits across the entirety of the University to the Athena SWANN diversity program pioneered in the United Kingdom. While it is no magic bullet, we have the ambition of achieving what only a small handful of universities have managed – a Silver Award within 5 years for STEM disciplines, and an equivalent level of achievement in non-STEM areas over the same period. Only 7 universities in the UK have achieved a Silver Award in the program’s first 10 years, and none yet a Gold award.
My experience as well as a broader body of evidence tells us that diverse leadership is good leadership. Over the next 5 years, ANU will hire a 50:50 gender balance in leadership roles across the University, including Head of Schools, Directors, Deans, the University Executive, and administrative executive.
I benefitted from leadership in action from one of the women on this stage. Professor Penny Sackett, the first woman to lead the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, was confronted as Director by the most devastating of events. We lost almost everything on Mt Stromlo in the bushfires of 2003. But Professor Sackett led us out of the ashes and quickly turned our focus to not just rebuilding, but to building something bigger and better.
Thirteen years later, the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics is now the strongest it has ever been, and continues to stand amongst the best in the world. It shows the capacity of ANU to overcome obstacles in our way and reach new levels of excellence.
But by far the strongest message I heard from all of you was the desire for us to be one ANU. To work as one community. To draw on our collective strength to lift ourselves higher.
We will move to create an ANU that is a truly collegiate institution. Over the next year, we will undertake a program across campus to identify ways to transform ANU into a University noted for its collegiality and renowned for its ability to draw across campus in all of its activities.
These initiatives announced today are designed as part of our larger ambitions, and a down-payment on building the ANU to which we aspire: Collegiate. Audacious. And Excellent at all we do.
Today we thank our forebears, and the giants of our history upon whose shoulders we now stand, and we start the work on the legacy we will leave for future generations.  
Happy Birthday ANU – And thank you all.

The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is inviting applications from all member countries and approved countries under two separate programmes, the Collaborative Regional Research Programme for Global Change Research (CRRP) and the Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE), for funding starting from July 2017.
Full details about the call for proposals, online submission procedures and relevant links and downloads are available at:

The deadline for the submission of summary proposals is Wednesday 3 August 2016.



This call for expression of interest is a preliminary announcement in the preparation for The 2016 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Sciences Symposium, jointly organized by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) the and United State of America National Academy of Science US-NAS), to be held in July 30-August 4, 2016 in Surabaya-Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
The first Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium was held in 2011 as a joint program between Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The Kavli-Frontiers of Science Series was inaugurated in Irvine, California on March 2-4, 1989, through a symposium on Frontiers of Science, organized by a committee of young scholars with the support of the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences. These annual symposia bring together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collectives as well as one-on-one discussions among participants. Speakers are urged to focus their talks on current cutting-edges research in their disciplines to colleagues outside their fields. Typically, these symposia are attended by approximately 80 to 100 scholars, by up to a dozen senior colleagues, and by several science writers. Attendees for the Frontiers of Science symposia are selected from the pool of young researchers (PhD under 45 years of age) who have made significant contribution to science.
The United State of America (USA) series inspired bilateral symposia, organized jointly by the USA National Academy of Science and national academies from other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Japan, China, India and also Indonesia (in the last 5 years). Thus, the Frontiers of Science Symposia have become a fundamental instrument in bringing together the best young scientists “the next generation of leaders” in the field of natural sciences and engineering, in the USA and around the world. The Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers Symposium added social science topics in the program.
The First-, Second- , Third-, Fourth, and Fifth- Indonesia-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia were held in Bogor (2011), Solo (2012), Bali (2013), Medan (2014), and Makassar (2015) respectively. At each Kavli, a total of 70 participants (40 scientists from Indonesia and 30 from the United States) were selected by the Organizing Committee for the meeting. Since last year, Australia participates in the symposium and send 10 their best young scientists. Eighteen participants gave oral presentations and 62 gave poster presentations, reporting on current research within their disciplines to academically trained and scientifically diverse audiences. They highlighted major research challenges, methodologies, and limitations to progress at the frontiers of their respective fields. All attendees participated actively in general discussion, during which they learned from and form collaborative relationships with other young scientists.
Call for Expression of Interest
The Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) has formed an Indonesian Organizing Committee of young scientists, chaired by Dr. Fenny M. Dwivany with Dr. Jajah Fachiroh, Dr. Rajesri Govindaraju, Dr. Topik Hidayat, Dr. Ari Winasti Satyagraha and Dr. Teguh Dartanto as members to prepare the 2016 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, in cooperation with the USA Organizing Committee. This meeting will be held in Malang, East Java, in July 30-August 4 2016 and covers six topics (Big Data and Marine Conservation; Green Chemistry, Mass Extinction and Citizen Science; Non-communicable Disease and Aging; Robotics and Information System; and Social Decision Making/Behavioral Economics).
The Indonesian Organizing Committee invites expression of interest from young scientists of Indonesia to participate in the 2016 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium.
Applicants should:

Have a doctoral degree and actively conduct/participate in research as shown by their peer-reviewed international and national publications.

No more than 45 years old at the time of application.

Submit a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) highlighting their publication list.

Include a brief statement (no more than 500 words) on what they would like to present at the symposium, if selected.

Application should be written in English and sent to kavli(at) no later than April 28, 2016.


Why You Should Apply

Selected participants will be sponsored (travel and accommodation) to attend the symposium. You will have the opportunity to meet and discuss your work with 30 of the best American, 40 Indonesian and 10 Australian young scientists, interested in collaborating with you in cutting edge research projects. The symposium program would allow visits to your laboratory and institution by interested USA and or Australian participants. These are organized to create opportunities for and promote the development of future collaborations.
Download the form and further information: here
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Posted by: Hendra Siry | 28 January, 2016

Bali Clean Energy Forum (BCEF)

Bali Clean Energy Forum (BCEF) is an event where government leaders, business leaders, experts, civil society, international organizations, academia in the field of energy gather to discuss the acceleration of clean energy development.
The theme of the Forum is “Bridging the Gap and Promoting Global Partnership”. It is anticipated that public-private partnerships will be forged during the forum to work towards closing the gaps in access to clean energy technology; capacity development across borders and sectors; and in accelerating the deployment of clean energy on a national, regional and global scale.

Indonesia’s Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy, which is now being established as an extension of our government’s commitment to clean energy R&D, will serve as a conduit for developing our national readiness to enable a structural shift towards an energy system based on sustainable energy sources. A shift of paradigm is required, unlike previous transitions from wood to coal, or coal to oil, the deployment of RE technologies represents a major shift from conventional energy systems and infrastructure.
The Centre will facilitate this shift by providing investment clarity and certainty, enabling technology diffusion, and developing a cross sector national capacity. The Bali Clean Energy Forum that will be held in Nusa Dua Bali on 11-12 February 2016 will introduce the Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy to the national, regional and international community.
BCEF Target

The Bali Clean Energy Forum aims to bring together government leaders, business leaders, international organizations, civil society and youth groups to discuss the framework and actions to bridge technological gaps and accelerate the development of clean energy at the national, regional and global level through global partnership.
Expected outputs of the event are:

Government leaders agree on a common platform for bridging the gap and promoting global partnership in accelerating clean energy development.

Business leaders demonstrate commitment to accelerate investment in clean energy development.

Participants (leaders, experts, civil society, and youth groups) define actions for addressing technological gaps and promoting global partnership in clean energy development.

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