Keynote speaker

Dr Carolyn Orr

Dr Carolyn Orr is a consultant neurologist based in Perth, WA. She originally comes from Scotland, and worked in the UK and the USA before making her home in Australia. She trained in medicine at the University of Glasgow, holds a PhD in Parkinson’s disease from the University of New South Wales, and did her clinical fellowships in the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She specialises in neurodegenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

There is increasing evidence that a large proportion of human illness is caused by air pollution, and that there is a profound connection between human health and the health of our environment. Carolyn is an environmental campaigner and speaker for Doctors for the Environment. She shows how climate change, fossil fuels, air pollution, prescribed burning and biodiversity loss interact to harm our brain and bodily health.

Carolyn will explain the enormous benefits to human health of a greener, cleaner world where our energy is renewable and our forests are thriving.

Dr. Audrey de Nazelle

Dr. Audrey de Nazelle is a senior lecturer and the Director of Research at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. Her work, at the intersection of environmental sciences, health behaviour, transportation, urban planning, and policy, aims at promoting healthy, equitable and sustainable urban transitions. She has had a particular focus on active travel, from determinants to impacts (including emissions and exposures, health risks and co-benefits, societal engagement and barriers and enabler of action). Dr de Nazelle holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health in Environmental Sciences, a Maîtrise in Mathematics from the University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie.

Presentation Topic: Optimizing transport, environment, and climate strategies for health

Air pollution and climate change strategies are typically developed in silos, with little considerations of systemic roots of problems or spillover effects and feedbacks. Different sectors and government departments develop strategies focused on achieving a specific target, such as net zero emissions or compliance with air pollution standards.  Health is the forgotten fundamental objective of many of these strategies. This presentation will demonstrate how considering explicitly health as the ultimate goal of urban transport air pollution strategies can change perspectives on the attractiveness of alternative policy options. Health and wellbeing can provide much needed impetus for sustainable urban transformations.

Dr. Kris De Meyer

Dr Kris De Meyer is a neuroscientist and director of the Climate Action Unit at University College London. He brings insights from neuroscience and psychology to how we tell stories about climate change, communicate about climate risk, and create opportunities for climate action. His TEDxLondon talk digs into the topic of why we need to change how we talk about climate change.

The land of climate and environmental action

If we really knew how to tackle the nature and climate crisis, there would be many things that we’d be doing differently from today. Let’s call that mythical, future world the land of climate action. Where do we live today? Let’s call it the land of climate change awareness. In this talk, we’ll explore what are some of the fundamental things we’d be doing differently in the land of climate action, and how we can make them a reality.

Antarctic speaker

Dr Marc Mallett

Dr Marc Mallet is an atmospheric scientist with the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. His research career has focused on atmospheric composition, aerosol-cloud interactions, and air quality across Australia, the Mediterranean, southern Africa, the Antarctic, and the Pacific, Arctic, Atlantic and Southern Oceans. Currently he is focused on collecting and using in situ and remote sensing observations, machine learning, and Earth System models to better understand links between marine biology, aerosols, clouds, precipitation, and radiation over the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Dr Elizabeth Shadwick

Dr Elizabeth Shadwick’s scientific expertise lies broadly in observational marine biogeochemistry, and specifically in detection and attribution of natural and anthropogenic changes in the ocean carbon cycle, with a focus on the Southern Ocean. Elizabeth leads the CSIRO Ocean Carbon Observations Team and the IMOS Southern Ocean Time Series and co-Leads the Biogeochemistry Project in the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership. Elizabeth is currently acting as Co-Chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Indian Ocean Sector Regional Working Group and sits on the Executive Committee of the global OceanSITES network. Her recent work includes new research focused on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal as part of the CSIRO CarbonLock Future Science Platform.

Dr Petra Heil

Dr Petra Heil is a climate scientist working in polar regions.  She presently works in the Australian Antarctic Division’s Science Branch and the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership. She holds various leadership roles including with the World Meteorological Organisation and the International Space Science Institute, and  is part of a US-led team which has secured phase 2 support from NASA to scope design of EDGE, an Earth Explorer satellite.