A key pillar of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes strategic plan is to provide an outstanding environment for all centre activities. The Diversity and Culture Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a range of initiatives in the Centre to raise awareness and enhance equity and inclusion across the spectrums of gender, ethnic and cultural background, sexual orientation, physical ability and neurodiversity. The committee is also responsible for providing sound advice and developing initiatives on issues such as mental health, work-life balance and the centre’s culture. 

Committee Members

Co-Chairs: A/Prof Melissa Hart (UNSW) & Stephen Gray (UNSW)
Dr Georgy Falster (ANU)
Prof Christian Jakob (Monash)
Stephy Libera (UTAS)
Dr Andrea Taschetto (UNSW)

Equity Plan

The Committee has produced an extensive equity plan that guides our efforts in the diversity and culture space. You can download a copy of the plan from the link below.

Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champion

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes is committed to providing an outstanding work and study environment that is inclusive, healthy and respectful. We strive to be an exemplar in tackling inequality and systematic challenges faced by women and other under-represented groups in science.

To further this mission, we’ve joined the Australian Academy of Science’s Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Decadal Plan Champions program.

Read more about how we contribute to the Decadal Plan here.

Climate champions panel pledge

Our Chief Investigators have taken the Panel Pledge and encourage all members of the centre, and our partners, to join us.

By taking the panel pledge we strive to increase the visibility and contribution of women leaders in public and professional forums. 

To honour this pledge our Chief Investigators will:  

  • Only to agree to speak at events if they include a diversity of speakers
  • Raise issues of gender balance
  • Actively encourage women’s voices
  • Not accept any excuses

You can read more about the Panel Pledge here. (pdf)

Further, the Centre as a whole is committed to providing an outstanding work and study environment that is inclusive, healthy and respectful.  We strive to be an exemplar in tackling inequality and systemic challenges faced by women and other under-represented groups in science. All centre events aim for gender parity and represent cultural diversity.

You can read more about our centre equity plan here. (pdf)