International climate research college opens in Melbourne

November 13 / 123

First row, from left to right: Prof. Sue Elliot (Deputy Vice Chancellor - Engagement, University of Melbourne), Susanne Olberg (German Embassy, Canberra), Jemma Stefanou (Manager of the College), Kate Dooley (PhD student, Australia), Rachelle Meyer (PhD student, USA), Jasonne Grabher (MSGR, College Steering Committee), Jacyl Shaw (Engagement Strategic Advisor, College Steering Committee), Susannah Powell (Melbourne Energy Institute, College Steering Committee).

Second row: Prof. Mike Sandiford (College Steering Committee), Prof. Robyn Eckersley (College Steering Committee), Dylan McConnell (PhD Student, Australia), Changlong Wang (PhD student, China), Anita Talberg (PhD student, Australia), Yann Rubiou du Pont (PhD student, France), Prof. Peter Christoff (College Steering Committee), Alex Gray (PhD student, UK), Prof. Brendan Gleeson (College Steering Committee), Craig Prebble (College Steering Committee), Dr. Roger Dargaville (College Steering Committee)

Background: (beard:) Alexander Nauels (PhD student, Germany), (blue tie:) Michael Pearce (Honoary German Consular), Dimitri Lafleur (PhD student, Netherlands/Australia), Dr. Malte Meinshausen (College Coordinator/Director), Adrian Ford (PhD student, Australia), Prof. Richard Eckard (College Steering Committee).
First row, from left to right: Prof. Sue Elliot (Deputy Vice Chancellor - Engagement, University of Melbourne), Susanne Olberg (German Embassy, Canberra), Jemma Stefanou (Manager of the College), Kate Dooley (PhD student, Australia), Rachelle Meyer (PhD student, USA), Jasonne Grabher (MSGR, College Steering Committee), Jacyl Shaw (Engagement Strategic Advisor, College Steering Committee), Susannah Powell (Melbourne Energy Institute, College Steering Committee). Second row: Prof. Mike Sandiford (College Steering Committee), Prof. Robyn Eckersley (College Steering Committee), Dylan McConnell (PhD Student, Australia), Changlong Wang (PhD student, China), Anita Talberg (PhD student, Australia), Yann Rubiou du Pont (PhD student, France), Prof. Peter Christoff (College Steering Committee), Alex Gray (PhD student, UK), Prof. Brendan Gleeson (College Steering Committee), Craig Prebble (College Steering Committee), Dr. Roger Dargaville (College Steering Committee) Background: (beard:) Alexander Nauels (PhD student, Germany), (blue tie:) Michael Pearce (Honoary German Consular), Dimitri Lafleur (PhD student, Netherlands/Australia), Dr. Malte Meinshausen (College Coordinator/Director), Adrian Ford (PhD student, Australia), Prof. Richard Eckard (College Steering Committee).

Global research opportunities will be available to the next generation of climate change and energy experts to tackle major environmental issues, with the launch of a new graduate research college at the University.

The Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions will offer PhD candidates the opportunity to pursue research in areas relating to climate and energy, while also undertaking a six-month exchange program at a partner institution.

The college is a collaboration between the University and German partners the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the University of Potsdam, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Technical University of Berlin.

Researchers at the College will focus on four distinct research areas: energy systems, emission mitigation, climate systems and climatic impacts.

Dr Malte Meinshausen, the college coordinator and Senior Researcher at the Melbourne School of Earth Sciences, said the enrolled PhD students, so far selected from more than 300 applications, would work with international partners across a range of critical energy and climate issues.

“We’re confident the college will combine excellence in climate and energy-system research, leading to innovative new mitigation and adaptation solution strategies,” Dr Meinshausen said.

“It will embed the in-depth research focus of the individual PhD candidates within the multi-disciplinary and international cohort of students, ranging from climate physics, economics, energy system theory and political science.

“The collaboration with international research partners provides an ideal environment to tackle these issues."

Dr Meinshausen said avoiding a climate crisis while meeting a growing demand of energy services was one of the most challenging issues humanity is facing today.

“Rooted in the two major industrialized countries that have recently embarked on a transition of their energy systems, this project will directly draw from, and inform, the ongoing economic process and policy debate,” he said.

Professor John Schellnhuber, Director of PIK said the program was eminently sensible since Australia and Germany were among to the leading countries in climate impact research.

“North and South are stretching out their hands across the equator to jointly explore the future of our planet – and to contribute to a sustainable architecture of this future,” Professor Schellnhuber said.

More information: http://trace.unimelb.edu.au/.

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