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Past Events

A snapshot of some of the events we have hosted.

RetroSuburbia: Action, Resilience, and Alternative Solutions

14 March 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In this free seminar, David Holmgren will be discussing how permaculture perspectives and practices can be used to retrofit the suburbs for a resilient future.

2000 Watt-Society and Sufficient Housing

19 December 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Sustainability in Cooperative Housing in the City of Zurich, Switzerland by Prof Heidi Sinning

Sustainable Metropolis by Regional Visioning and Cooperation

18 December 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The concept of Soft Spaces and examples from cities in Europe by Prof Joerg Knieling

Maximising the social benefits of public housing renewal

12 December 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

This event will bring together key stakeholders in a discussion about ways to maximise the social benefits of public housing renewal.

The Climate State: Global warming, fiscal crisis and the future of the welfare state

28 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

A/Prof Peter Christoff will deliver this Climate Conversations seminar

Tim Flannery on Cities, Climate Change & Solutions

20 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Prof Tim Flannery as he unpacks the climate impacts that our cities face and the inspiring solutions for cities step up to face these environmental challenges.

Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

31 October 2017 - 6:00pm

The Lancet Countdown is launching its first full report about climate change and health...

Book Launch: 'Art Against Empire: Toward An Aesthetics of Degrowth'

20 October 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The launch of Dr Samuel Alexander’s new book challenging consumerism, the growth economy, and postmodern relationships to technology.

Farmers for Climate Action: Victorian Launch

16 October 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for the official launch of Farmers for Climate Action in Victoria.


25 September 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

A free ideation workshop connecting the climate change and blockchain communities.

Negative Emissions: potentials and challenges

19 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This seminar will explore the technologies used to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Does Finkel Solve the Trilemma?

3 July 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Professor Ross Garnaut's Public Lecture follows the release of the Final Report of the Finkel Review.

Climate Action in the time of Trump

20 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Speakers include leaders at the forefront of the Australian climate advocacy movement. They will discuss what makes them hopeful in the time of Trump...

Knowledge Systems for Urban Resilience

31 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Thaddeus Miller will discuss the challenges climate change poses for cities looking to increase the resilience of their communities and infrastructure systems

Climate Conversations Series

16 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

A series of Melbourne University seminars with a focus on climate change issues...

Avowing the Political: Art and social change

1 May 2017 - 6:30pm

Edward Morris will discuss how artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change.


19 April 2017 - 9:00am to 14 May 2017 - 6:00pm

A festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring exhibitions, lectures and public forums.

Life after Hazelwood

30 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

While the closure of Hazelwood is inevitable, the transition needs to be fair for all involved.

Municipalities in Urban Living Labs

23 March 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Collaborative urban sustainability governance through experimentation...

The Rise and Fall of Climate Action in British Columbia

21 March 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In this Climate Conversations seminar, Prof Tom Pedersen will examine the British Columbia's carbon tax.

Breaking News: an insider’s guide to the new media climate

16 February 2017 - 5:45pm

Where have all the science and environment reporters gone? How do you get your sustainability story into the news?

Transitions Film Festival

16 February 2017 - 12:00pm to 3 March 2017 - 12:00pm

The 6th annual Transitions Film Festival is on again in Melbourne...

Renewable Energy & Beyond

12 February 2017 - 1:30pm

The transition to renewable energy is essential, though not enough in itself to create a sustainable society. Why? And what do we need to do, individually and collectively, to create such a society?

Redefining Progress

11 February 2017 - 2:00pm

If the goal of human development is improving our quality of life, why are we so consumed by money and material growth? Forum with Tim Costello AO, Dr Melissa Weinberg and Dr Mike Salvaris.

Plastic bag charges, habit disruption and spillover effects

9 February 2017 - 4:00pm

In this lecture, Prof Wouter Poortinga will present the behavioural and attitudinal effects of plastic bag charge in the UK. 

Creating liveable, resilient cities by working with nature

8 February 2017 - 5:00pm

This forum looks at how urban biodiversity can play a key role in strengthening cities’ resilience to a changing climate, economy, and society.

Beyond growth as we know it

4 February 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

How can we stop consuming our future? Satyajit Das featured in the Oscar winning documentary 'Inside Job'...

Delivering the Energy Transition

7 December 2016 - 6:00pm

Prof Michael Grubb will be discussing planetary economics and the three domains of sustainable development

Lancet Series on Urban Design, Transport and Health

29 November 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

This lecture will provide recommendations for urban and transport planners to implement and improve the health of urban populations.

Protecting the public interest in Melbourne’s rail franchise

26 September 2016 - 5:30pm

This seminar will help participants understand and join in the public debate about the operation and maintenance of Melbourne’s rail system.

The Sentient City

22 September 2016 - 6:00pm

Sir Nigel Thrift will examine what kinds of technological practices are becoming commonplace in cities...

Geography, Justice and the City

30 August 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

A symposium in celebration of Ruth Fincher's contributions to Geography

Epoch-alypse now: is the Anthropocene a scientific concept?

18 August 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In this seminar we will give an update of controversy over the concept's geological status...

Climate Impacts at 1.5° and 2° - where half a degree makes a difference

3 August 2016 - 11:00am

Dr Lissner will show the discernible differences between the two warming levels and the tropical regions that will bear the brunt of impacts.

Global Frameworks for Urban Equity?

29 July 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Will the SDG's and UN-Habitat's New Urban Agenda help improve the lives of the 1 billion slum dwellers?

China Symposium 2016

20 July 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

This symposium will analyze China's new model of economic growth, with a focus on energy and climate change.

Refuge: Your Relief Centre

9 July 2016 - 12:00pm to 10 July 2016 - 12:00pm

Part of the Performance Climates PSi #22 festival, this public performance arts and science communication event will help residents prepare for disaster or climatic events. 

On Sensitivity: Arts, Science and Politics in the New Climatic Regime

5 July 2016 - 5:30pm

World-leading sociologist, Bruno Latour visits Melbourne to speak on the New Climatic Regime...

Citizens of the Anthropocene: community and polity in a changing climate

18 May 2016 - 6:00pm

In this lecture, Sheila Jasanoff will question the meaning of the mandate to ‘think globally and act locally'...

This Changes Everything

15 May 2016 - 5:30pm

A film presentation of This Changes Everything, based off the best-selling book of the same name by Naomi Klein...

After Paris

9 May 2016 - 7:30pm

What needs to happen 'after Paris' to avoid an over-heated planet?

Sustainability Plan 2016-2020 Forum

5 May 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

A forum for staff, students and the wider community to become more involved with sustainability at the University...

Regional Climate Projections for Australia: a key input into national adaptation planning

13 April 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

The seminar with Dr. Whetton will describe the scientific basis for the projections and sumarise key aspects of the projected future climate...

An Insider Perspective on the Paris Agreement: what does it deliver for vulnerable countries?

11 April 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Listen to legal advisor Damon Jones discuss what happened behind the scenes at Paris COP21 and the implications for vulnerable states...

MSSI Oration - Climate Justice After Paris

15 March 2016 - 6:00pm

Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland presented the inaugural MSSI oration... 

Climate Change and our Future City – a public conversation

9 March 2016 - 6:15pm

How prepared is our city to responding to climate change? Have your say...

Urban Research Showcase & Professional Practice Panel

26 February 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Hear from early career researchers who will present their research and its application for shaping vibrant urban centres...

Sustainability Transitions - Research and Practice

25 February 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Prof Jan Rotmans, leader in Sustainability Transitions from Erasmus University in Rotterdam...

Economic implications of the carbon budget

2 December 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Sam Alexander will review and examine the latest carbon budget analyses...

Climate change impact: Paris ambitions – Melbourne actions

12 November 2015 - 6:00pm

Have your say in this Melbourne Conversations free public discussion...

ASTRA IV with Prof Derk Loorbach

5 November 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

A presentation & discussion session with Prof Derk Loorbach of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)...

Whitlam / Hamer Legacy: Challenges for Australian Cities

4 November 2015 - 6:00pm to 5 November 2015 - 6:00pm

How could we create the conditions for Australian government participation and leadership on urban issues?

Negotiating nature in the Anthropocene

4 November 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This seminar considers three interrelated problems framed by the Anthropocene...

Paris and Beyond: Climate and Energy Pathways for Australia and the European Union

22 October 2015 - 9:00am to 23 October 2015 - 1:00pm

A symposium to share knowledge and ideas about energy transition...

Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations

8 October 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Professor Peter Christoff and Fiona Haines will lead discussion about tthis new book...

Old Ideas, New Problems: political aspects of sustainability

6 October 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Boris Frankel discusses the difficult challenges posed by recognising the larger political aspects of sustainability... 


What makes a good life for a city?

30 September 2015 - 10:00am

Two international scholars address this question...

Population Health in the Anthropocene

16 September 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Dr Trevor Hancock will discuss the profound impacts of climate change on the health of our populations...

Deconstructing Degrowth in an Age of Limits

11 September 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Dr Samuel Alexander will present the debate over growth economics...

Climate Change: new thinking on assessing risks and responses

8 September 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

A seminar by Sir David King, UK’s special representative for climate change

The Rise of Victoria: population boom and changing urban landscape

1 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Population experts are using spacial data to understand how the Victorian the population is changing and how this will affect us...

Atmosphere of Hope by Tim Flannery

26 August 2015 - 7:00pm

Tim Flannery will launch his new book Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis...

Urban Research Career Pathways

6 August 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Are you a PhD student or Early Career Researcher and interested in exploring potential career pathways in urban research?

Challenges of Risk Governance

16 July 2015 - 5:30pm

How should the global systemic risks arising from climate change be addressed?

Book Launch: The Handbook of Road Ecology

16 July 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us in launching this publication that aims to improve the ecological sustainability of our transportation networks...

Climate Change: the greatest health threat or opportunity?

23 June 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Be part of this Global Launch of the Lancet Commissions' 2015 Report on Climate Change and Health

Australia’s longest conflict: our climate security challenge in the 21st century

22 June 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti will launch the Centre for Policy Development’s report examining climate change and Australia’s national security...

European Climate Diplomacy Day

17 June 2015 - 6:00pm

Presenting the Australian Premiere of ‘The Climate Blueprint’ a documentary on the history of climate negotiations...

Cellular automata modelling in urban planning

26 May 2015 - 12:30pm

Cellular automata-based land use modelling to inform decision making in urban planning...

Detroit - Future City, Post Bankruptcy

25 May 2015 - 1:30pm

Through the lens of Detroit, Michigan in 2015, the seminar will critically examine America’s fractured political, policy and planning landscape...

Setting national emission targets: a how-to guide

19 May 2015 - 12:30pm

How would you set Australia’s emission target?

The Art of the Anthropocene

6 May 2015 - 6:30pm

William L Fox from the Nevada Museum of Art (USA) leads this facinating discussion...

Climate is Culture - the Cape Farewell project

5 May 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

David Buckland will narrate 14 years of Cape Farewell's ambition to place climate centre stage...

Dean's Lecture Series 2015: Neil Brenner

17 March 2015 - 7:00pm

The urban age in question: towards a new epistemology of the urban

Climate Conversations: Road to Paris

17 March 2015 - 12:30pm

Climate Conversations is a University of Melbourne seminar series exploring climate change trends, risks and responses.

Creating Healthy Liveable Communities

4 March 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Attempting to bridge the gap between evidence, policy and practice

Decarbonise Asia-Pacific Roundtable 2015

12 February 2015 - 2:00pm to 13 February 2015 - 2:00pm

This high-level international business roundtable focused on accelerating decarbonisation investment and innovation in the asia-pacific region.