Professor Ian Lowe

Recognised by the Queensland government as "a living legend", Prof Ian Lowe is an internationally recognised expert on environmental issues, energy, science, technology and futures.

He is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, an adjunct professor at two other Queensland universities, an honorary research fellow at the University of Adelaide and a consultant to CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems.

Prof Lowe studied engineering and science part-time at the University of NSW and subsequently earned a D.Phil in physics from the University of York.

Prof Lowe’s international commitments include being a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, attended the Geneva and Kyoto conferences of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and was a member of the Australian delegation to the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science. He was on the steering group for the UNEP project Global Environmental Outlook, an invited participant in the 2000 workshop on Sustainability Science and a referee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program’s 2004 book on planetary science.

Prof Lowe was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to science and technology, especially in the area of environmental studies. In 2002 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for contributions to environmental science and won the Eureka Prize for promotion of science.

Prof Lowe’s presentations have ranged from the Business Council of Australia to Science in the Pub and the Woodford Folk Festival, where his regular appearances include debates and panels as well as lecture-style talks.

He has been a member of the advisory group for Brisbane’s Ideas at the Powerhouse since its inception four years ago, is a member of the board of Major Brisbane Festivals Ltd and is President of Queensland Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

Presentation Titles:
Sustainability, Shaping our Future, Global Futures, Environmental Issues, Global Climate Change, Science and Technology for the future.

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