After much behind the scenes work to find funding and support to continue the work of the CMAS research program we are pleased to be able to announce success. In particular:
- Our program has been renamed the APRU Sustainability and Climate Change Research Program (APRU-SCC). This responds to a request from the new Secretary General of APRU, Professor Chris Tremewan, to ensure that the program has a broad enough brief to be able to respond actively to emerging challenges in relation to climate change and sustainability.
- The APRU-SCC first event will be an International Workshop on Coastal Cities, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, to be held at the University of California at San Diego in conjunction with our SCC International Team meeting - date to be announced shortly. More details on concept are below. Members of CMAS are invited and encouraged to attend. We will be writing to you shortly for your feedback on themes and program.
- A new Planning Committee has been established to make sure that everything that needs to make this a success is achieved. The Committee currently consists of Profs Tremewan, Dick Drobnick, and Jim Falk together with Prof David Woodruff (Director of the UCSD Sustainable Solutions Institute) and Prof Charlie Kennel (former Director of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography).
- Following a selection process, Jeremy “Jay” Piggott, a Malaysian New Zealander currently based in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago, will formally begin work as our inaugural APRU-SCC Research Fellow, on 1 July 2012. He will be co-located with APRU in Singapore.
- Professor Jim Falk will be joining Prof Tremewan in Seoul in late March to present these developments to the APRU Senior Staff meeting and Professor Charlie Kennel will be attending the annual APRU Presidents’ Meeting in June at the University of Oregon also to inform presidents on the SCC latest insights and the way ahead.
Prof. Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, APRU and Prof. Jim Falk, University of Melbourne.