About us

Future Earth Australia is a national peak initiative that enables Australian researchers, governments, industry and NGOs to collaborate with each other and with international networks and programs across Australia and Oceania.

We are based at the Australian Academy of Science.

More information on how to join us.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for action by all countriespoor, rich and middle-incometo promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go together with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection. Future Earth is advancing sustainability by enabling and translating the SDGs from research to practice.

Our mission

Future Earth Australia aims to establish an interconnected knowledge platform of expertise and creativity capable of forming solutions to the sustainability challenges facing Australia, our regional neighbours, and the globe.

Strategic goals

Four main objectives drive our strategic plans and day-to-day activities. These objectives are:

  1. To inspire and connect interdisciplinary and cross-sector initiatives
  2. To establish open source products and services to facilitate Australia’s hub organisations to build connections and access expertise
  3. To provide opportunities for global and national knowledge sharing that builds innovation for sustainable futures
  4. To mobilise capacities to coproduce knowledge across socio-cultural, generational, and geographic boundaries
Our team

Future Earth Australia is overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives of member organisations and broader community representatives. The Executive Committee of the Australian Academy of Science's Council provides high level oversight. The Future Earth Australia advisory council includes thought-leaders and influencers in Australian sustainability.

Future Earth Australia Secretariat

Tayanah O'Donnell
Dr Tayanah O'Donnell
Director
Taryn Laubenstein
Dr Taryn Laubenstein
Research and Policy Officer
Eleanor Robson
Eleanor Robson
Research and Policy Officer
Sarah Crowe
Sarah Crowe
Policy and Events Coordinator
Georgie Juszczyk
Georgie Juszczyk
Research Officer

Steering Committee

Professor Karen Hussey
Professor Karen Hussey
Centre for Policy Features, University of Queensland (Co-chair)
Dr Mark Stafford Smith
Dr Mark Stafford Smith
CSIRO (Co-chair)
Dr John Finnigan FAA
Dr John Finnigan FAA
Chair, National Committee for Earth System Science
Professor Jago Dodson
Professor Jago Dodson
RMIT
Professor Brett Bryan
Professor Brett Bryan
Deakin University
Professor Chris Turney
Professor Chris Turney
University of New South Wales
Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis
ECRP Representative
Dr Ray Maher
Dr Ray Maher
ECRP Representative
Cunningham
Professor Saul Cunningham
The Australian National University
Smith
Professor Tim Smith
University of the Sunshine Coast
Scheffers
Professor Anja Scheffers
Southern Cross University
Salazar
Professor Juan Salazar
Western Sydney University

Advisory Council

Professor Ian Chubb AC FAA FACE FTSE
Professor Ian Chubb AC FAA FACE FTSE
Chair (Former Chief Scientist of Australia)
Professor Kate Auty
Professor Kate Auty
ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and a Professional Fellow with the University of Melbourne
Mr Howard Bamsey
Mr Howard Bamsey
Executive Director Green Climate Fund
Mr Simon Corbell
Mr Simon Corbell
Former ACT Minister for Environment and Climate Change
Mr Adam Fennessy
Mr Adam Fennessy
Partner at EY and former Secretary Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria
Ms Penelope Figgis AO
Ms Penelope Figgis AO
Vice Chair, for Oceania of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Ms Virginia Haussegger AM
Ms Virginia Haussegger AM
Director 50/50 by 2030 Foundation Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), University of Canberra
Ms Emma Herd
Ms Emma Herd
CEO Investor Group on Climate Change
Mr Dermot O'Gorman
Mr Dermot O'Gorman
CEO World Wildlife Fund - Australia
Professor Will Steffen
Professor Will Steffen
Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Ms Angharad Wyne-Jones
Ms Angharad Wyne-Jones
Head of Participation at Arts Centre Melbourne

Financial Members

AIMS
ANU
CSIRO
DU
GA
GU
MU
QUT
RMIT
SCU
UNSW
USC
UQ
U Syd
WSU

Founding Members

AAS
ANU
CSIRO
MQ
TUOQ
Sydney

Partners

climate kic
plan for the planet program
SDSN
UA