ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science Workshop: 2016 Lorne - Victoria



The fourth annual workshop of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science will take place from November 20-23 at Cumberland Resort in Lorne, Victoria. The workshop will discuss progress and plans in all research areas covered by the Centre, namely, climate variability; tropical convection; climate extremes; and the role of the oceans and the land in the climate system.

The main form of presentation of scientific results at the workshop will be by poster - recommended size is A0 but if you already have a smaller poster ready and relevant to your current work then bring that along. All participants are encouraged to present a poster and 60 second lightning lecture of their recent research.

There will be no abstract submissions required. Participants will be asked to select from a list of one or more thematic “tags” to categorise their poster prior to the workshop. More specific details of this will be circulated once registrations have closed. In the meantime, get working on a poster that best showcases your current research!

There will also be a number of oral presentations. These will be by invitation. Research program leads will select talks that showcase significant research accomplishments within their research programs.

Following the main workshop, there will be an Early Career Researcher and Student Event to be held in Melbourne on Thursday 24 November. See below for more information.



Location: Cumberland Resort. Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC. (Approximately 2 hours from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road)
Date: November 20-23, 2016
Registration Form (registrations have closed) : Please register via this link
Registration Deadline: Noon, Friday 30 September.
Registration Cost: Free for ARCCSS staff and students and partner investigators. 

We seek to be as inclusive as possible with providing funded places at the workshop. Those from outside ARCCSS, please contact the Centre Manager [mailto:] to discuss options.




Buses will be chartered from Tullamarine Airport and the Melbourne CBD.

  • Melbourne Airport transfers: The Centre will arrange coach transfers from Melbourne Airport to depart at 12:30 on Sunday 20 November. Please ensure you book a flight that lands before 12:00 so that there is ample time to disembark and collect your luggage and make your way to the bus pick up zone which is adjacent to T1 (Qantas) T2 (International) and T3 (Virgin). Note that if you travel on a Jetstar or Tiger flight, you will arrive at Terminal (T4) which is a 10-15 minute walk from the main terminal buildings, so you should allow extra time.
  • Melbourne CBD: For those already in Melbourne we will arrange a bus pick up at 12:30 on Sunday 20 November from a convenient point in the CBD (pick up location tba).




The Cumberland Lorne resort accommodation consists of spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Some one bedroom apartments will have two occupants: one in the bedroom and one on a sofabed in the living room. Likewise, some two bedroom apartments may have a third occupant on a sofabed in the living room or in twin beds in one of the bedrooms. If you have specific accommodation preferences (e.g. travelling with a spouse or wish to share with others in particular), please indicate this during the registration process.

Those who will be staying in Melbourne on Wednesday night to attend meetings or the ECR event on Thu 24th will need to arrange their own accommodation according to their usual institutional travel policy.



Please advise special dietary needs at the time of registration.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day and there will be a conference dinner on Monday night. Sunday and Tuesday night dinner will be at delegates’ leisure. A list of local restaurants will be circulated to delegates in the lead up to the workshop. Reservations are recommended.

We will open the workshop with welcome drinks and canapes and a trivia contest from 5pm on Sunday evening.

The agenda sets aside some time for opt-in activities such as sport on the beach, surfing, walking, meditation, etc.  




We are exploring the possibility of providing child care during the workshop to enable those with carer’s responsibilities to attend. If this would be of benefit to you, please provide the requested details at the appropriate point on the online registration form. Once there is a clear idea of interest and numbers we will work with the venue and parents to arrange suitable arrangements.




We encourage participants to engage with social media. Our Twitter hashtag for the conference is #ARCCSS16.

You can find our social media guidelines here.

If you have any further questions, go to the workshop's Frequently Asked Questions page.



Date: Thursday 24 November, 2016
Location: University of Melbourne

Following the CoE workshop in Lorne an Early Career Researcher (ECR) day will be held at the University of Melbourne, on Thursday the 24th November from 10 am to 4 pm.

All PhD students and postdocs are invited to attend and lunch will be provided.

An ECR social event will also be held the night before - the 23rd November - after the return from Lorne. The venue and timing of this event will be communicated shortly though will be centrally located for those finding accommodation in the city.




Around the time of the workshop, the following training opportunities are being provided to ARCCSS students and ECRs. See the links below for more information and to register.

Software carpentry
Nov 14-15th, UMelb.
For more information and to register go to our training page.

Paper Writing workshop
Nov 16-18th, UMelb.
For more information and to apply click on this link.

Intro to NCI
Nov 25th, UMelb.
For more information and to register click on this link.


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