We launched!

Owing to the generous enabling environment at the University of Melbourne, the first 10 PhD students started their journey (with more to come). Hosted by Prof. Sue Elliot, the Australian-German College celebrated its birthday at the University House. With that, the international collaboration is kicked off to marry scientific curiousity with some of the most intricate challenges for the next decades, climate change and the transition of the energy systems.


Please find below some pictures and a video record of our launch as well as the greeting words, but the Australian Ambassador in Germany, John Schellnhuber and collaborators in Potsdam.

The College Steering Committee, the supervisors and PhD students at the launch.

First row, from left to right: Prof. Sue Elliot (Deputy Vice Chancellor - Engagement, University of Melbourne), Susanne Olberg (German Embassy, Canberra), Jemma Stefanou (Manager of the College), Kate Dooley (PhD student, Australia), Rachelle Meyer (PhD student, USA), Jasonne Grabher (MSGR, College Steering Committee), Jacyl Shaw (Engagement Strategic Advisor, College Steering Committee), Susannah Powell (Melbourne Energy Institute, College Steering Committee).

Second row: Prof. Mike Sandiford (College Steering Committee), Prof. Robyn Eckersley (College Steering Committee), Dylan McConnell (PhD Student, Australia), Changlong Wang (PhD student, China), Anita Talberg (PhD student, Australia), Yann Rubiou du Pont (PhD student, France), Prof. Peter Christoff (College Steering Committee), Alex Gray (PhD student, UK), Prof. Brendan Gleeson (College Steering Committee), Craig Prebble (College Steering Committee), Dr. Roger Dargaville (College Steering Committee)

Background: (beard:) Alexander Nauels (PhD student, Germany), (blue tie:) Michael Pearce (Honoary German Consular), Dimitri Lafleur (PhD student, Netherlands/Australia), Dr. Malte Meinshausen (College Coordinator/Director), Adrian Ford (PhD student, Australia), Prof. Richard Eckard (College Steering Committee).

The inhabitants of our College space in the Alice Hoy Building at the University of Melbourne.

From left to right: Jemma Stefanou (Manager of the College), Yann Rubiou du Pont (PhD student, France), Adrian Ford (PhD student, Australia), Kate Dooley (PhD student, Australia), Alexander Nauels (PhD student, Germany), Anita Talberg (PhD student, Australia), Rachelle Meyer (PhD student, USA), Dimitri Lafleur (PhD student, Australia/Nertherlands), Changlong Wang (PhD student, China), Alexander Gray (PhD student, UK), Malte Meinshausen (College Coordinator/Director), Dylan McConnell (PhD student, Australia).




Watch our launch

We recorded (most of) our official launch on Wednesday, 23rd of October 2013. Watch it here in two parts:

Part 1:

TRACE Launch from Melbourne Energy Institute on Vimeo

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Part 2:

TRACE Launch part 2 from Melbourne Energy Institute on Vimeo.




Greeting messages for the launch

His Excellency Peter Tesch, Australian Ambassador to Germany.

Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions: The Australian Ambassador to Germany from PIK Potsdam on Vimeo.

Prof. John Schellnhuber, CBE, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions: John Schellnhuber from PIK Potsdam on Vimeo.

Prof. Anders Levermann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and University of Potsdam:

Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions: Anders Levermann from PIK Potsdam on Vimeo.

Dr. Katja Frieler, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research:

Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions: Katja Frieler from PIK Potsdam on Vimeo.

Prof. Hermann Lotze Campen, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt University of Berlin.

Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions: Hermann Lotze-Campen from PIK Potsdam on Vimeo.