Mon 30 Aug 2021 - Fri 08 Oct 2021

10:00 - 15:00

26 Sessions


Steve Crimp

ANU is one of the world’s leading universities, recognised internationally for our teaching excellence and cutting-edge research.  With the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) is offering a fully funded course to limited number of successful participants that will provide an understanding of the knowledge required for identifying and defining climate change impacts and vulnerability, development implications, legal frameworks, governance, sectoral contexts and socio-economic rationales underpinning climate change adaptation. Successful participants will acquire knowledge to assist them with evidence-based policy development and reform, as well as enhancing interpretation and analysis skills, and identification of  socio-economic impacts and policy interventions.

The course will be a mix of formal and applied learning, including the development of an Adaptation Action Plan (AAP) that can be implemented at individual, community or institutional scales.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14 July


The course will be delivered in the form of an intensive 6-week online course. Course activities will occur between 10am and 3pm, with a more specific schedule of activities developed closer to the start date. Each week, participants will be expected to attend:

  • 3 to 4 (1-hour) lectures
  • 1 Group Activity (1-hour)
  • 1-hour of individual work on their AAP, with the option of utilising a 15-minute drop in session, that will be scheduled each week
  • 1-hour interactive session

Course outline

The program will include an interactive  mix of lectures, practical exercises, workshop sessions and discussions groups delivered via six individual week modules. The complexity and intersectionality climate change adaptation and mitigation will be delivered via six modules incorporating economics, ecology, sustainability, governance, regulation, environment, human rights, gender and social inclusiveness.

Week 1 - Why climate change adaptation? Understanding drivers of action: Moving from Science to action

  • Lecture - An introduction to systems thinking; systems analysis and climate change vulnerability assessment, including understanding influence diagrams, coastal systems thinking and adaptation exercise.
  • Group Activity - regarding current stresses and climate change and climate variability - reflecting on sites visited and how to better include marginalized groups in policy.
  • Adaptation Action Plan (AAP) development session.
  • Lecture - What does climate change mean for effective decision making? Climate change and decision making: challenges, tensions and opportunities.
  • Interactive session - Moving from science to practice – implications for action in this session participants will work on visioning exercises (past, current and future) to begin to think about adaptation (incremental and transformative) in ‘real’ world contexts.
  • Lecture - Climate change governance – implications for action. 

Week 2 - Climate change adaptation science

  • Lecture- What is climate change and variability in the Pacific context?
  • Group Activity – Data gaps, consistencies/ inconsistencies and tensions in complex Pacific contexts
  • Lecture - Climate change adaptation is more than data? Working with big and ‘small’ data
  • Lecture - Uncertainties and certainties in forecasts at global and regional scales; how useful are global climate change scenarios and how reliable are regional scale forecasts?
  • Interactive session - Climate change adaptation pathways, co-dependencies and real options.
  • Adaptation Action Plan (AAP) development session.

Week 3 - Sectoral adaptation responses

  • Lecture – Agriculture, fisheries and climate change, food production, security and value chains.
  • Lecture - Health and climate change in high and low-income countries.
  • Group Activity - Identifying complexities in decision making.
  • Lecture - Water management and climate change and other conflicts.
  • Lecture – Climate Change and natural resource management and conservation
  • Group activity- Intersection of climate change and natural resource management issues.
  • Interactive Session - Natural disasters and disaster risk reduction exercise.
  • AAP session 

Week 4 - Integrated adaptation policy responses

  • Lecture - Defining ‘adaptation policy’ and role of institutions.
  • Group exercise - Role of governments at different scales for adaptation.
  • Lecture - International institutions theory and praxis of adaptation
  • Interactive Session - Coastal adaptation and island jurisdictions.
  • Lecture - Different approaches to, ecosystem-based adaptation.
  • Lecture – Onehealth or SDG’s as a framing for integrated climate change adaptation responses.
  • AAP session

Week 5 - Stakeholder and Social inclusion

  • Lecture - Social network theory lecture and practical activity using social network analysis.
  • Group activity - Managing water and water use, stakeholder engagement, industry and marginalised groups (Murray Darling Basin)
  • Lecture - Gender and the climate? How does gender affect people's ability to respond to climate change? How should gender be approached in climate change adaptation plans?
  • Lecture and group activity - Psychology of adapting to climate change
  • AAP sessions

Week 6 - Integration and AAP completion

Group Session - comparison of participants’ assessment of their national adaptation strategies.

  • AAPs final development
  • AAP presentations
  • Closing ceremony and graduation 

Requisite Knowledge

Successful applicants to this course will be mid-career professionals with and English-speaking background, working in Government, NGOs or private business with an interest in issues related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and/or disaster recovery

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, Participants will:

  • Understand key foundational and advanced concepts and practices required for effective climate change adaptation policy development and implementation, and comprehend the political, socioeconomic, regional and international risks, costs and benefits these may entail;
  • Understand the science behind climate change impact and vulnerability assessment, including data collection and monitoring/surveillance mechanisms for assessing the status of environmental changes;
  • Experience methods and tools for developing and accessing climate change adaptation options with stakeholders;
  • Understand the management of the environment, regulation, and legal aspects of governance as socio-ecological systems in which human behaviour management is an intrinsic component;
  • Identify and critically consider the core components of international and regional legal frameworks, treaties and institutions for responding to climate change for Asia-Pacific policy makers, including adaptation financing
  • Appreciate the complexities of national and regional coordination around climate change adaptation at different scales of governance, from the complexities of effective engagement with traditionally marginalised stakeholders, to the complexities of multi-lateral action;
  • Understand shared challenges and contextual differences in climate change adaptation across Asia and the Pacific and the regional and national legal and policy responses in the region.

Who should enrol

ANU is committed to promoting and supporting gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage mid-career professionals working in Government, NGOs or private business on issues related to or interest in climate change adaptation, mitigation and/or disaster recovery from the following eligible countries.

Please Note: Only residents of the following countries are eligible to apply:

  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Mariana Islands
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor Leste
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

In addition, to complete your application you will need the following documents:

  • Current CV
  • Evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above, OR
  • Evidence of (certificate) a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 and above
  • Letter of recommendation from Employer

Tue 07 Sep 2021 - Thu 14 Oct 2021

11:00 AM - 13:00

12 Sessions


Igor Skryabin

ANU  has developed an Energy short course designed to provide an opportunity for mid-career policy and technology professionals from partner Indo-Pacific countries and regional level bodies to undertake an intensive university level course on the energy transition, with a specific focus on grid integration of renewable energy. Participants will gain applied technical and policy experience and create high-value professional contacts and linkages within the energy sector. 

This short course will ensure that energy transition knowledge and skills are transferred to participants in a way that supports and extends Australia’s international climate change activities and complements Australia’s development assistance program.

The course will be a mix of formal and applied learning, including the development of an Implementation proposal that outlines how the knowledge gained might be applied in the participant’s particular national or institutional context. 

Closing date for applications: 30 July 2021


The Energy course will comprise two 2-hour sessions per week for 6 weeks i.e. a total of 12 sessions. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 1pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) starting 7 September and concluding 14 October 2021.

The delivery will be via teleconference and contact with the class will be via email and an educational interface.

Each session will include:

  • Pre-reading
  • Questions on notice
  • Lectures
  • Discussion session/ Q&A
  • Feedback form

Contact with the participants will begin prior to the first session to provide pre-reading materials, answer questions, and potentially undertake a quiz to determine prior knowledge. 

Course outline

Over the six weeks the program will be highly interactive with a mix of lectures, practical exercises, workshops and discussions groups delivered via twelve sessions. The course topics are presented below.

Week 1

Session 1

The Australian experience in the global context

  • Global energy trends
  • Australia's renewable energy transition

Session 2

Renewable generation

  • Solar (PV and thermal)
  • Wind
  • Hydro, geothermal and other renewables
  • Generation comparisons 

Week 2

Session 3

Energy storage and recovery

  • Batteries
  • Pumped hydro
  • Hydrogen

Session 4

Operation of electricity grids

  • Australian National Electricity Market
  • System-wide planning
  • Electrification of other energy use

Week 3

Session 5

Electricity market mechanisms and energy economics

  • Energy only markets
  • Capacity markets
  • Day ahead markets
  • FCAS markets
  • Other market mechanisms

Session 6

Renewable Energy Policy frameworks

  • Renewable Energy Target
  • Reverse auctions
  • Contracts for difference
  • Feed in tariffs
  • Public grants and equity investments
  • Case study - ACT government 2045 zero-carbon plan

Week 4

Session 7

Micro-grids opportunities and challenges

  • Integration of renewables
  • Integration of storage
  • Smart inverters
  • Barriers

Session 8

Industry workforce planning and transitions

  • The geography of energy employment
  • Transitioning the fossil fuel generation workforce
  • Expanding the renewable energy workforce

Week 5

Session 9

The social transition

  • Social behaviour and change
  • Indigenous participation

Session 10

International renewable energy systems

  • Electricity super-grids
  • Barriers to regional electricity trade
  • Hydrogen/ammonia

Week 6

Session 11

Trade, investment and Green Industrial Policy

  • Green Industrial Policy
  • Commodity-level emissions accounting and certification to support trade
  • Trade and investment policy linkages

Session 12

Concluding session, potentially including:

  • Participant presentations
  • Lecturer panel discussion
  • Closing ceremony and graduation 

Requisite Knowledge

To participate in this course, it is expected that participants have worked professionally in disciplines that deal with climate change , energy and policy making.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this short course, participants will have developed a deeper understanding of the energy transition.  They will also acquire knowledge of how both technology and policy can shape the integration of renewable energy into the grid, enabling economy-wide decarbonisation through the electrification of all energy uses. 

By the end of this course, Participants in the Energy course will:

  • Understand the key technologies that will enable the transition to a zero-emissions energy system
  • Engage with the key technological issues that underpin the integration of renewable energy into the grid
  • Consider the market, regulatory and policy frameworks that underpin the operation and facilitate the transition of the energy sector
  • Consider the socio-economic issues that will need to be addressed in the energy transition
  • Understand the barriers, challenges and opportunities presented by international renewable energy trade.

Who should enrol

ANU is committed to promoting and supporting gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage mid-career professionals working in Government, NGOs or private business on issues related to or interest in climate change adaptation, mitigation and/or disaster recovery from the following eligible countries.

Please Note: Only residents of the following countries are eligible to apply for this course.

  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Mariana Islands
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau 
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

In addition, to complete your application you will need the following documents:

  • Current CV
  • Evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above, OR
  • Evidence of (certificate) a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 and above
  • Letter of recommendation from Employer

Tue 02 Nov 2021 - Thu 02 Dec 2021

13:30 - 17:00

10 Sessions


Michael Vardon

This course has been run annually since 2013 as a face-to-face professional development course. Last year the course was re-worked and done online and it will be done this way again in 2021.

Environmental and ecosystem accounting is increasingly being used to support the development and analysis of government policy and business decision making. Environmental accounting shows how different sectors of the economy affect the environment and vice versa. As the understanding of environment-economy interactions increases, the appropriate policy and business responses should become clearer. This professional development short course is designed to support those in government, business or NGOs interested in developing, implementing or using environmental or ecosystem accounts.

The course is to be held over five weeks, on two afternoons per week, with two sessions per afternoon. Each session is 1.5 hours and will be a mix of presentation and activities. The course draws on expertise from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian National University and other institutions. It covers the theoretical and practical fundamentals of environmental and ecosystem accounting and places this into the public policy framework and other decision-making processes. Examples are drawn from around the world, and information resources are discussed and explored in practical workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and are invited to use their own data for shaping into accounts.

Requisite Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge is assumed but it is expected that participants have worked professionally in disciplines related to environmental or ecosystem accounting, including environmental science, ecological economics, natural resource management, national accounting or statistics.

Teaching Staff

  • Michael Vardon, Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • Peter Burnett, ANU Law School
  • Steve May, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Carl Obst, Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting. Former head of ABS national accounts. SEEA Editor.

There will also be a range of guest lectures. 

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing of the course participants will be able to:

  • explain the key features of environmental and ecosystem accounting
  • understand the range of information sources needed to compile accounts
  • identify issues to which environmental or ecosystem accounts could be applied
  • populate basic accounting tables with existing information
  • know where to find help and additional information on the concepts, data sources and methods.

In addition to knowledge of the accounts and their uses, course participants will develop the skills needed to manage a team with diverse knowledge and experience that is needed to produce and use environmental accounts.


All learning outcomes are addressed by each assessment task. Assessment takes four forms:

  • on-going assessment of class activities
  • report on virtual field exercise
  • 90-minute written test
  • group assignment - short presentation and briefing note.


  • In-person contact - 30 hours
  • Private study - 8 hours
  • Assessment - 4 hours.

Is the course for credit at ANU?

Completion of this professional short course does not provide ANU course credit or an ANU transcript.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Developed and delivered by ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in collaboration with ANU institute for Space, this course will run at the beautiful Mount Stromlo Observatory.

Do you work in a government department or industry, incorporating and using space technology more? Are you expected to know a range of technical details and nuances and want to better grasp them?  We are here to help!

Course outline

Over 2 days, come and learn from world experts covering a range of areas:

  • history of Australia's role in space,
  • the international landscape
  • how orbits work
  • ground-space communications
  • earth and space observations
  • legal, policy, and security issues
  • space exploration


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should:

  • Understand space technology and its use
  • have an appreciation of the complexity of space technology
  • be able to identify the key issues in the use and development of space technology
  • understand how various issues are inter-connected and their affects
  • see the need and role of Australia in space technology, especially in the government and private sectors

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for those working in areas involving the use of space, space technology, satellites, earth observations and more.  It is also suitable for anyone interested in learning about the field or potentially entering it.