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RZS NSW Forum 2024. Wildlife and the Climate Emergency: Past, Present and Prospects

  • 07 September 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney, 2000



Climate change continues to affect ecosystems and humanity more broadly, yet we are still trying to understand how wildlife are responding. The 2024 Royal Zoological Society of NSW scientific forum will bring together speakers from diverse fields to focus on:

(1) what we can learn from the past, in terms of wildlife responses to shifting climates through Earth’s history,

(2) wildlife responses to the industrial-era warming of our oceans and continents, and

(3) the prospects for wildlife in the future, including how they might be affected by climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

As the world continues to grapple with extreme climatic conditions because of escalating global temperatures, our wildlife are forced to respond. Such responses may be a deciding factor in predicting species’ susceptibility to this threat to biodiversity. We must therefore learn how species are surviving climate-related responses including exceptional heat waves, warming oceans, extreme weather, megafires, floods and even zoonotic disease and invasive species spread. But we must also consider how wildlife might benefit from habitat manipulation or technological approaches being used, or considered, to reduce our climate footprint. The escalating problem of climate change requires diverse voices and novel ideas, and this forum will provide ample opportunity for discussion and debate about how we can best address the uncharted territory that life on planet Earth is now experiencing.

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Download the (draft) forum program

(Draft program as at 21 June 2024)


Registration is now open with early bird rates until 14 August 2024.

RZS NSW Member rates are available. If you are not a member, you can join online today and get access to the member registration rates.


Early Bird
to 14 August

From 15 August
RZS NSW Member  $80  $110
Non Member  $185  $220
RZS NSW Student Member  $20  $40

The Royal Zoological Society of NSW aims to promote and advance the science of zoology and protect, preserve and conserve the indigenous animals of Australasia and their associated habitats

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