Date & Time: 
Tuesday 25 September 2018


We are delighted to announce that Australian environmentalist Professor Tim Flannery will deliver the 2018 Challenge of Change Lecture at the UQ Global Change Institute on Tuesday, 25 September.

Professor Flannery has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly writes for the New York Review of Books.

In 2007 Tim was named ‘Australian of the Year’, arguably Australia’s highest honour.

He delivered the 2002 Australia Day Address to the nation.

In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles, and in 2015 received the Jack Blayney Award for Dialog from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

In 2013 he founded, and is now chief councillor, of the Australian Climate Council, Australia’s largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation.

He is currently a professor at Melbourne University Sustainability Institute.

Short bio

Tim Flannery has taught at Harvard University, and has advised governments both in Australia and Canada.

In 2007 he established and co-chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council, and in 2011 was appointed Australia’s first Climate Commissioner. He has served on the board of WWF International, as an advisor to the National Geographic Society, and the Prince of Monaco Foundation.

Flannery has served on Siemens’ International Sustainability Advisory Board and The Climate Group (Australia). He currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Tata Power (India’s largest privately owned energy company), as scientific advisor to Magaldi Solar (Italy) and the Fondation Segre (Switzerland).

He speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Melanesian Pigeon, and has more than 20 years' experience as an explorer and biologist in New Guinea and surrounding countries, and has extensive knowledge of the region.

His most recent book, Atmosphere of Hope. Searching for solutions to the climate crisis, deals with carbon negative technologies and is published by Harper Collins.


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