Tim Flannery

Climate Change Crusader and 2007 Australian of the Year

Dr Tim Flannery is one of Australia's best-known scientists as well as being one of our best-selling writers. He is a mammalogist, palaeontologist, and environmental and global warming activist. Tim's work, which includes several major discoveries, has received international acclaim from both peers and professionals. In 2002, he became the first environmentalist to deliver The Australia Day address to the nation. In 2005, he was honored as Australian Humanist of the Year and in 2007, he was named Australian of the Year. In 2010, he was the curator of the Deakin Lecture Series at Copenhagen.

Often provocative, both intellectually and socially, Tim is in demand as a keynote speaker. He makes complex science understandable for a lay audience, through a deft use of imagery, analogy and common sense. He very clearly lays out a game plan for halting current warming trends and beginning the long, but entirely achievable project of reversing the damage we have done.

Tim's goal is to mobilise his listeners - both personally and politically - to recognise that we are all "weather makers" and that the only choice, both logically and ethically, is to begin to address this problem before it's too late.

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Tim completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (1977) at La Trobe University and a Masters degree in earth sciences at Monash University. He also holds bachelor degrees in English and Earth Science, a doctorate in Palaeontology, and has contributed to over 90 scientific papers. In 1984, he earned a doctorate at the University of New South Wales for his work on the evolution of macropods.

Tim's network is extensive, having taught at Harvard University, and advised governments both in Australia and Canada. He has served on the Advisory Boards of Siemens and Tata Power, and advised Sir Richard Branson on the Virgin Earth Challenge. He has served on the board of the Prince Albert II Foundation, WWF International and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and as an advisor to the National Geographic Society.

Tim established the Copenhagen Climate Council in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed Australia's first Climate Commissioner and in 2013, he founded, and is chief councillor, of the Australian Climate Council, Australia's largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation. A former director of the South Australian Museum, he was appointed as Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Climate Change at the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Dr Flannery has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly writes for the New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement. Professor Tim Flannery also contributes to ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC. He has also written and hosted several Documentary Channel specials, including The Future, and Islands in the Sky.

He speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Melanesian Pidgin and has over 20 years of experience as an explorer and biologist in New Guinea and surrounding countries.

Dr Tim Flannery speaks about:

The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing The Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth. Tim Flannery draws on the ideas from his groundbreaking new book to present a straightforward, powerful exploration of the connection between climate change, global warming, and human activity.

Client testimonials

He has encouraged Australians into new ways of thinking about our environmental history and future ecological challenges.

Former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard AC

Flannery, one of a new breed of planetary heroes, distilled the complex issue of global warming into a clear message.

Herald Tribune