Climate-KIC Australia will host a Climate Innovation Day on the 9th of May as part of the NCCARF/Engineers Australia Climate Adaptation 2018 conference in Melbourne this year. All conference delegates and visitors are welcome to join the following sessions during the Innovation Day:

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Session 2 – Developing the Adaptation Innovation Community
10.30am – midday
Innovation theatrette space
Presentations followed by panel discussion with Q&A

Fast and transformative action is required to adapt to the current and future physical impacts due to climate change. Transitions in social, economic and environmental systems will be needed to adapt to a broad range of hazards that will occur even in a “best case” emissions scenario. There is a need, and an opportunity, for innovation and collaboration to meet these goals.
Climate-KIC Australia was established specifically to harness innovation towards achieving a liveable and thriving Australia for all through zero-net carbon, resilient prosperity.
This session will showcase a range of examples of innovation and entrepreneurship that are contributing to climate change adaptation in Australia. Through presentations and facilitated discussions the panel and audience will explore experiences of some key innovation in adaptation to date, and how organisations, communities and individuals can harness innovation to support their adaptation approach and how Climate-KIC Australia is working to support the development of an adaptation innovation community and

Katie Vines – Climate KIC Australia (introduction and chair)
Jon Barnett – University of Melbourne
Lars Coenen – Chair in Resilient Cities
Rebecca Cunningham – UTS
Karl Mallon, XDI
Chris Lee, Climate-KIC Australia

Session 3: Can financial innovation help boost adaptation?
1.30pm – 3.00pm
Innovation theatrette space

The past decade has seen a great deal of innovation in financing methods for climate change mitigation – that is, ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures and renewables.
However by contrast, global investment in climate resilience and adaptation has changed little, despite total financial flows into adaptation being inadequate in much of the world[1][2]. This means many communities and assets will be increasingly exposed to extreme weather, natural disasters, and other risks exacerbated by climate change – which could be minimised or avoided with adequate investment.

Session 4: KIC/ESCC Hub Climate Change Adaptation Finance Hypothetical
3.30pm – 5.30pm
Innovation theatrette space

Catch a CAB: Designing climate adaptation bonds
Take part in a strategy game style workshop where you use climate science and financial data to design bonds.
Issue the bond in the market then watch what happens. Try not to bankrupt the company!
Expert participants from government, universities, NGOs, and a range of industries will be involved.

Facilitator: Nick Wood, Climate Policy Research / ESCC Hub

Visit the Climate-KIC Australia Conference Booth!

Drop by our booth to say hello and try out a virtual reality climate change experience. Dr Rebecca Cunningham from UTS will be demonstrating a variety of different virtual reality experiences that communicate different aspects of climate change including:
SAVE SYDNEY – an interactive room-scale VR game, which drastically simplifies the effects of climate change and sea level rise in order to show that our choices do make a difference to the future of the planet
CRYSTAL REEF – take a virtual field trip with Dr. Fio Micheli, the marine scientist, and dive underwater with her to explore a unique rocky reef of the coast of Italy and learn about ocean acidification .                                              VIRTUAL TARKINE RIVER, COAST & FOREST – Take a trip to Tasmania with a full 360-degree immersive experience of the exquisite and threatened Tarkine region.

While you’re there check out the neighbouring booth of our Climate-KIC Partner, Climate Risk, where they will be demonstrating their climate risk analysis tools including their VR visualisations and offering training in their systems.