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Crawford School’s Professor Frank Jotzo and Dr Bec Colvin have received a 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Impact and Engagement for their work on communicating the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special reports to policymakers and the wider community.
Professor Jotzo and Dr Colvin are part of a wider team that comprises researchers and professional staff from the ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI) and the ANU Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Team (SCAPA).
The researchers have been heavily involved in communicating the findings of the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, the Special Report on Climate Change and the Land, and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere through giving lectures, roundtables, and parliamentary briefings, and reaching over 5.3 million people through media coverage.
Professor Saul Cunningham from the ANU Fenner School of the Environment & Society, who nominated the team for the award, said that the recipients’ commitment was over and above their roles at ANU, and had contributed significantly to enhancing the reputation of ANU.
“Several ANU researchers have IPCC leadership roles and have been heavily involved in communicating the reports’ findings, making themselves available 24/7,” he said.
“Since the launch of the 1.5°C report, media coverage of CCI has increased significantly. The CCI Director has become a sought-after climate commentator for a range of media, reaching over 6 million people since late October 2018.”