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Dr Joëlle Gergis

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Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer.

She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change who has authored over 100 scientific publications. Between 2018 and 2021, Joëlle served as a lead author on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on the Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science.

As a media ‘go to’ climate change spokesperson, Joëlle spends a lot of time translating science for the public. Her general audience writing has appeared in The Monthly, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Conversation and Harper’s Bazaar. Joëlle has also contributed chapters to The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg, and Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua. Joëlle is the author of Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia. Her latest book is Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope.

Throughout her career, Joëlle has received prestigious Australian Research Council fellowships and numerous awards for her scientific research including the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – informally known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’ – and the University of Melbourne’s Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.

In recognition of her extensive public engagement, Joëlle received the AMOS Science Outreach Award, a national science communication prize awarded by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), Australia’s peak professional body for climate science.

Alongside her research and writing activities, Joëlle is also a scientific advisor to the Climate Council of Australia; an independent body providing expert advice to the public on climate change and policy.

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