Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners.
Amareswar Galla
Ken Anthony
Radhika Mittal
John Quiggin

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

Please return to this page for regular updates.

The Speakers

Amareswar Galla
Born and educated in both south and north India, including Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Professor Galla provides strategic cultural leadership in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region as the Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. ( Until recently he was the Professor and Director of Sustainable Heritage Development, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University in Canberra. He was also a regular visitor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, working on the implementation of Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion in the Netherlands; Guest Curator of International Projects with the Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage; and Founding Convener of the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Sustainable Heritage Development in partnership with several bodies including UNESCO. ( He is the first Australian elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Executive Board (1998-2004) - Chairperson of the Cross Cultural Task Force (2005-2011) - and until recently Vice President of the International Executive Council (2004-2007) - of the International Council of Museums, Paris. He is a Trustee of the Pacific Islands Museums Association.

Dr Ken Anthony
Dr Ken Anthony is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Change Institute, the University of Queensland.

Anthony’s research focuses on the effects of ocean acidification and climate change on the biology and ecology coral reef systems. Two of his most burning questions are: “how vulnerable are coral reefs to combinations of climate-change and local Man-made and natural disturbances?, and what can we do to sustain reefs in the future? ”

Anthony has published more than 30 papers on coral reef ecology and has been involved in numerous national and international working groups and think tanks to study and communicate how global environmental changes will affect the World’s coral reefs.

Radhika Mittal
Radhika’s academic and professional background is multidisciplinary – after a degree in commerce and economics, followed by a master’s diploma in mass communication – she worked for some of India’s prominent media houses and communication firms in an editorial capacity. This was followed by an Erasmus Mundus Masters in Journalism and Media within Globalisation: The European Perspective supported by the European Union and conducted across three nations, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany. Part of her work here, besides globalisation, cultural integration and citizenship, looked at the area of risk communication (particularly climate change), and the modes of interaction between policy makers, the media, and the public sphere.

She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, NSW. Her work centres around the mass media representation of environmentally sustainable food practices, looking at the way the media frames the inter-dependence of food and sustainability in connection to global warming and environmental degradation.

John Quiggin
John Quiggin is a Federation Fellow in economics and political science at the University of Queensland. In addition to his academic work, he is prominent as a blogger and economic commentator. His featured websites include: (personal site); (Risk and Sustainable Management Group); (WebLog).