Monday, February 21, 2011

Australia21 conference on energy and economic futures

Following on from its highly successful National Conference on Resilience in February last year, Australia21 will be convening another national conference at the Australian National University on 14 April, on the theme Innovation: Driving Resilient Energy and Economic Futures.

We have an outstanding speakers list – full details below. We hope we will see you there.

To register, visit our website here and click the registration button. There is a student concession, and an early bird discount for registrations received by 28 February.

14 APRIL 2011, ANU

‘At the centre of this Government’s approach to climate change is economic reform’  
‘Innovation is critical to our economic competitiveness’
The Hon Greg Combet, MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Nov 2010

Session One - 9.00-10.30am

Welcome Paul Barratt AO, Director, Australia21

Chair – Molly Harriss Olson NBLF

Dr David Martin, CEO, Founder and Chairman, M·CAM, Inc. (via Skype)
Topic - Intergenerational equity and Global Innovation Commons

Speaker Anna Skarbek, Executive Director, Climateworks Australia  
Topic – Curbing Climate Change and Sustaining Economic Growth

Speaker - Prof Richard Hames, Chair, Australia21
Topic – Innovation – a networked phenomenon

Session Two 11.00-12.30
Chair – Dr John Hewson, Chairman, Global DC

Panel SessionPolicy and Market Incentives & Impediments to innovation and commercialisation in energy businesses

Brendan Dow - Ceramic Fuel Cells (tbc)
Andrew Lawson- mbdEnergy (Biofuels)
Paul Verschuer – Carbon Markets, Westpac
Dr James Bradfield Moodie – CSIRO (invited)

Session Three – 1.30-3.00pm
Prof Mandy Thomas – PVC (Research) ANU

Topic - Innovation in carbon capture
Speaker: Dr John White

Topic – Community Engagement on Climate Change
Speaker- Prof Graeme Pearman  

Topic – Investing in innovation for low-carbon technologies
Speaker - David Miles, CEO, Innovation Australia

Session Four – 4.00pm- 5-00pm
Chair – Prof Bob Douglas, Director, Australia21

Topic - Implementing sustainable and inclusive solutions to climate change
Speaker - Prof Will Steffen, ANU

Topic – Communicating the policy impacts of climate change – recent insights
Speaker – tbc

Dinner Speaker

Australia 21 tenth anniversary dinner

This year is a very special one for Australia21 as we move into our tenth year of operation as an independent, non-profit organisation that facilitates multidisciplinary inquiry on issues of strategic importance in the 21st century.

In March Professor Bob Douglas, Inaugural Chair, A21 will step down and Professor Richard Hames will take over in that role.

To recognise these milestones Australia21 is holding a dinner on 11 March 2011 and we’d like to invite you to join us.

Prof Glyn Davis will give the keynote address on knowledge and innovation for Australia’s future, and accomplished Australian cellist David Pereira will present a recital of music inspired by our natural world.

It should be a wonderful night as Bob Douglas looks back over ten years - and Richard Hames looks forward – and you enjoy great music, food, drinks and inspired conversations.

Reserve your table by 21 February 2011 by completing the attached dinner form.

Date Friday 11 March 2011

Time 6.45 for 7.00pm-10.30pm

Venue Great Hall, Uni House, ANU

Cost Single $120; Couple $220; Table of 10 $1,100

RSVP Complete the attached form and return to -