Biography of Professor Will Steffen

Professor Will Steffen

Chief Investigator

Executive Director
Climate Change Institute

Researcher ID: C-7651-2011

BSc (1970) University of Missouri, USA
MSc (1972) University of Florida, USA
PhD (1975) University of Florida, USA


Professor Will Steffen completed his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri.  He was awarded his Masters degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida. He went on to serve as the Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme based in Stockholm.  In 2005 he became the first Director of the Australian National University Fenner School of Environment & Society and since 2008 he has been the Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute

His research interests range from sustainability to Earth system science with an emphasis on the science of climate change, including approaches to climate change adaptation in land systems. He is known for his research on the incorporation of human processes into Earth system modelling and the past and future relationship between humans and nature.

Professor Steffen has collaborated with and consulted for scientific organizations globally. He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council working group on Australia’s Science & Technology Priorities for Global Engagement; the Advisory Board of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; and the Advisory Panel of the Earth and Sun System Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.  Professor Steffen is also currently a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the APEC Climate Centre, Korea; Honorary Professor with Copenhagen University’s Department of Geography and Geology; and Visiting Researcher to the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Professor Steffen holds a number of advisory roles to the Australian Government: he is Expert Advisor to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee; Member of the Climate Commission; Scientific Advisor to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; and Chair of the Federal Government’s Antarctic Science Advisory Committee.

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