MCF Short Course Series

Commencing in 2024, MCF will offer a suite of professional and executive training programs, facilitated by University of Melbourne experts.

Climate Fundamentals: Risks and impacts for decision-makers

As the climate changes, the need for decision-makers who understand and can navigate climate change decision-making becomes increasingly urgent. These decisions need to be based on sound data and understanding of how the climate is changing. Your learning in this course will be led by one of Australia and the world's leading and most experienced climate scientists, Professor David Karoly.

This Melbourne Climate Futures (MCF) short course is ideal for those facing the difficult decisions that climate change is bringing to their organisation, as well as those seeking to start working in this area and wishing to gain a foundational understanding of climate change. Divided into four comprehensive sessions, this short course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of:

  • the fundamentals of climate science and observed climate change
  • forecasting climate change and what is needed to limit it
  • how the changing climate will impact organisations
  • hands-on application with leading tools to understand impacts for your organisation.

Understand the fundamentals of climate science and observed climate change

Build your understanding of climate science as you cover:

  • weather, climate and climate change assessments
  • natural climate variations and climate change
  • evidence of observed climate change
  • the enhanced greenhouse effect, global energy balance and different greenhouse gases.

Explore future climate change and what is needed to limit it

Learn about:

  • climate models
  • the causes of observed global warming
  • projections of future climate change
  • global and regional impacts of future climate change.

Gain insights into the global response to climate change as you’re introduced to the options available to limit future change, carbon budgets, and climate mitigation.

Grasp the climate impacts on business

Investigate how climate change will affect your business organisation. You’ll learn the basics of how physical climate change impacts your business and become familiar with:

  • different types of direct and indirect physical climate risks
  • macro-economic and systems impacts
  • climate-related opportunities
  • scenario analysis development for organisations.

Assess climate impacts on your organisation using a real-world case study

Become confident and competent in your ability to respond to a changing climate by applying what you learn to a real-world case study. This will involve:

  • identifying a region and business sector
  • an introduction to regional climate model projections for Australia
  • using regional climate projections to assess physical climate risk for your organisation
  • identifying potential implications of these climate change projections on your organisation.

About your instructors

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Professor Emeritus David Karoly

David Karoly is a Professor Emeritus (honorary) in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne and an honorary Senior Research Fellow in Melbourne Climate Futures, having retired from CSIRO at the end of January 2022. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability and a part-time Councillor on the Climate Council, Australia. Professor Karoly was Leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, based in CSIRO, from 2018 to 2021. From 2012 to 2017, he was a member of the Climate Change Authority, which provides advice to the Australian government on responding to climate change, including targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He was involved in the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001, 2007, 2014 and 2021 in several different roles. He was awarded the 2015 Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Scientific Excellence in Earth Sciences and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019. From 2007 to February 2018, David Karoly was Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne and in the A.R.C. Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. From 2003 to 2007, he held the Williams Chair in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

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Associate Professor Ben Neville

Ben is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, and the Deputy Director of Melbourne Climate Futures at the University of Melbourne. Ben researches and teaches in sustainable business and society, including corporate social responsibility, business ethics, ethical consumption and social entrepreneurship. He is a Section Editor of the Corporate Responsibility (Theory and Qualitative) section of the leading international academic Journal of Business Ethics. At the University, he serves as the Gourlay Fellow of Ethics in Business, and the Sustainability in the Curriculum Fellow for the Faculty of Business and Economics. Ben is also the Coordinator of the Governance, Policy and Markets Stream in the Master of Environment, Chair of the University's Fair Trade Steering Committee, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.


  • This fully catered, in-person course is delivered at:
    Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston St, Carlton
  • Fees (all fees include GST):
    • $1,200 for early-bird registration
    • $1,400 for single registration
    • $1,200 for groups registrations of three or more
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*While facilitated by University of Melbourne experts, this is an unaccredited course.

Climate Fundamentals

Gain the knowledge and competence for climate change decision-making in your organisation from leading climate scientists and sustainability researchers.

  • Participate in a full day of interactive workshops on climate change-related topics including a case study activity to give you experience in real-world application
  • Interact and network with your expert facilitators and course peers between sessions
  • Receive a certificate of completion from the University of Melbourne*
  • Enjoy a fully catered, hour-long ‘working lunch’.

Who is it for?

This masterclass is suited to business decision-makers and those who seek to understand climate change, how it impacts their business, and how their business can adapt to reduce its effects.

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