Professor Will Steffen is a climate change expert and researcher at the Australian National University, Canberra. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate change and Earth System science, with an emphasis on sustainability, climate change and the Earth System. He is the author of numerous publications on climate science.
From 1998 to 2004, Professor Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, an international network of scientists studying global environmental change based in Stockholm, Sweden. After moving back to Australia, Will was the Director of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society and then Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute during the 2005-2012 period. He has served as science adviser to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, a Climate Commissioner on the Australian Government's Climate Commission (until its abolishment in 2013), and Chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee. He is currently a Councillor with the Climate Council (the citizen-funded organisation that continues the work of the former Australian Government Climate Commission), Co-Director of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) initiative and Member of the ACT Climate Change Council.