Climate change and our future city – a public conversation

Ideas and contributions shared at this free, public forum will directly contribute to the revitalisation of the City of Melbourne’s next 10 year Future Melbourne strategy that aspires for a prosperous, sustainable and liveable city in 2026 and beyond. #infuturemelbourne

How prepared is our city to responding to climate change? Can we look to local innovation and global opportunities as we explore issues and challenges for our coming decade in Melbourne? How can people and communities actively shape and improve our collective future in the city?

Join Future Melbourne Ambassador Kate Auty and several Melbourne thought leaders in the arts, science, business and community in a Melbourne public conversation to discuss solutions, ideas, challenges and opportunities for our future Melbourne.

Date and time: Wednesday 9 March 2016, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne
Register below:


Professor Kate Auty (chair)kate-auty
Professor Kate Auty has extensive experience across environment, government and legal fields. Kate holds several tertiary qualifications across environmental science, law and history. She has previously held a number of notable positions, including a Charles Joseph LaTrobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University, Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaption, a member of the Premier’s Reference Committee on Climate Change, and a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Kate is currently the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Additionally she is a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Previously Kate was the Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.

Guy Abrahamsguy-abrahams
Guy Abrahams is the CEO and Co-Founder of CLIMARTE, as well as Director of the Art+Environment consultancy. Previously a lawyer, Guy left the legal world to become the Director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries – the Christine Abrahams Gallery. During his 22 years at the gallery Guy held numerous arts positions such as President of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association, and Board Member of the Melbourne Art Fair and National Gallery of Victoria Art Foundation. Since leaving the Christine Abrahams Gallery Guy developed a strong interest in climate science and completed a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne.

Guy is currently siting on the City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection Advisory Panel and Public Art Advisory Panel. In addition Guy is also an Associate of the University of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and a valuer of the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Jessica Christiansen-Franksjessica-christiansen-franks
Jessica is an Urban Designer, Landscape Architect and CEO at CoDesign Studio; a design and placemaking consultancy dedicated to reinventing Australian neighbourhoods. She has spent the past decade looking into the social impacts of urbanisation, including identity construction in existing and emerging communities and social marginalisation of urban migrants. Her globe-trotting experience covers urban design and urban regeneration projects across Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada as well as India and Vietnam, with public and private sector clients as well as the World Bank and donor agencies. Prior to joining CoDesign Studio, Jessica worked on a range of notable and complex urban projects including the Ho Chi Minh City BRT Transport and Land Use Study, the Port Melbourne Waterfront Urban Design Framework, and Brisbane’s Vibrant Laneways and Small Scale Spaces Strategy.

Jessica is currently the Project Director for The Neighbourhood Project – Australia’s largest Tactical Urbanism experiment that will see eight local Councils enable the delivery up to 40 community-led green spaces.

Rueben Bergrueben-berg
Rueben Berg is the owner and operator of RJHB Consulting, a consultancy service which provides services including Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training, Community Engagement & Consultation, and Strategic Planning and Implementation. Rueben is a proud Gunditjmara man and has experience in working in the Indigenous and non-Indigenous arena. Here he has refined his skills and expertise through program managing government programs, working as a facilitator and brining his own Indigenous perspective on architecture. Through all his work Rueben is committed to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Rueben is also a founder and director of the Indigenous Ultimate Association and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, as well as a director for Westernport Water.

Dr Malte Meinshausenmalte-meinshausen
Dr. Malte Meinshausen is a Senior Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Earth Sciences. Malte holds a PhD in Climate Science & Policy and a Master of Science in Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford. Previously he was a Post-Doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, a scientific advisor to the German Environment Ministry and has been a contributing author in the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Currently Malte is the Director of the Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions, and is a recipient of a Future Fellowship Award to investigate Australia’s fair contribution towards global climate change mitigation efforts.


This event is held in partnership with the City of Melbourne and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.