Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change

Free Public Lecture

Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change

Under a 1.5°C rise in global temperature, the natural world around us will not look the same as today. Most species and agricultural systems exist in regions with predictable rainfall and temperature patterns. Climate change challenges these patterns and so, under a changing climate, we must expect that some species will become locally extinct while others will migrate. Agricultural systems are already impacted by climate change, with active adaptation well under way, including changes to farming systems and relocation of agriculture out of traditional regions. Regional pests, weeds and diseases are also likely to change, introducing added challenges for existing biodiversity and agricultural systems.

This keynote panel event features highly respected keynote speakers addressing the issues and implications of a changing climate for biodiversity and agriculture. Each panellist will provide a short introduction in their area of expertise, introducing key points that will be picked up and discussed in a facilitated panel discussion. The audience will be invited to pose their questions and challenges to the panel.

Facilitated by Richard Eckard, Professor and Director of the Primary Industry Climate Challenges Centre, the University of Melbourne.

Research Week 2019 explores the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences’ vision of confronting the global challenges of our time to create a healthier Australia by celebrating and progressing the Faculty’s research.


  • Professor Lesley Hughes
    Professor Lesley Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development)
  • Ms Verity Morgan-Schmidt
  • Professor Frank Dunshea
    Professor Frank Dunshea, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Chair of Agriculture
  • Associate Professor Lee Skerratt
    Associate Professor Lee Skerratt, Principal Research Fellow
  • Professor Richard Eckard
    Professor Richard Eckard, Professor and Director