One of the world’s leading environmental scientists and thinkers, Tim Flannery has been described as being “in the league of the all-time great explorers” by David Attenborough. Tim, who founded the Climate Council of Australia, takes to the Festival stage for a conversation with William Figueira about Life: Selected Writings. Discussing the definitive collection of his essays, speeches and musings on palaeontology, mammalogy and environmental history, Tim talks about the science of climate change and how we can address the urgent challenges facing us today.

Tim Flannery (Australian)

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is the 2007 Australian of the Year. He is Chief Councillor of the Australian Climate Council, Australia's largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation, which he founded in 2013. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Climate Change at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Tim 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 serves on the Board of the Prince Albert II Foundation, and has been a board member of WWF International and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and an advisor to the National Geographic Society. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species, many from Papua New Guinea. His 32 books include 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.

William Figueira (Australian)

William Figueira

Professor William Figueira is broadly interested in the population ecology of marine fish and conducts research on this theme across the spectrum from small-scale demographic studies to large scale metapopulation and ocean connectivity projects. His work focuses on establishing mechanistic linkages between an organism’s environment, its behaviour and ultimately its demographics. This work takes place in tropical and temperate habitats and includes consideration of impacts such as climate change and urbanisation on populations.