Adapting coastal cities for climate resilience

Presented by the ATSE Queensland Division

Event details

Wednesday 4 May 2022

4.30 – 6.00pm AEST


Professor Joerg Baumeister
Pradesh Ramiah


Leeanne Bond FTSE


Educating, collaborating and mitigating climate change through technology
Presented by the ATSE Queensland Division


Wednesday 4 May
4.30-6.00pm AEST

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Adapting coastal cities for climate resilience

Coastal cities are at the frontline of the climate change battle. Already we have seen sea level rises submerging low-lying city areas permanently or more frequent, heavy rainfall causing flash flooding and intense cyclones resulting in costly and devastating destruction to coastal livelihoods, infrastructure and property. So how can urban areas reduce or adapt to changing climate risks? In this webinar, we have Professor Joerg Baumeister to talk on “Cities+1m: Urban Development Solutions for Sea Level Rise” and Mr Pradesh Ramiah to speak on “Adapting to Climate Change, the Gold Coast Experience”.

Please do join us for a deep discussion on this topic on adapting cities for climate resilience with our two speakers.

Each speaker will have 25 minutes to speak followed by a 10-min Q&A session. The facilitator for this webinar is Ms Leeanne Bond FTSE.


Joerg Baumeister
Professor Joerg Baumeister

Founder of the "SeaCities" research lab, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joerg Baumeister is leading the SeaCities Lab (SeaCities.org) at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University in Australia which develops and implements water-adapted urban solutions (aquacities) and floating structures (aquatecture). Its holistic research approach – that spans and includes the disciplines of engineering, architecture and environmental sciences – enables research in the group to develop new approaches to building with and for nature, to create ecosystem-based developments that respond to the current challenges in an adaptive and compatible fashion.Joerg has been a practitioner, educator, and researcher for Architecture and Urban Design for more than 20 years throughout Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, and Australia. He is an award-winning architect and consults governmental institutions on the federal, state and regional level as well as NGOs.

Pradesh Ramiah
Pradesh Ramiah

Urban Planner, Natural Hazards Team, City of Gold Coast

Pradesh is an urban planner within the City of Gold Coast’s Natural Hazards Team. His past experience includes working across state and local governments and the private sector. Pradesh’s work has been recognized with commendations and awards from the New South Wales and Queensland governments for his contribution to coastal policy. His current role is to develop and advance the City’s land use and development policy in areas subject to current and future natural hazards such as, coastal hazards, flooding, landslide and bush fire. He steadfastly promotes nature-based outcomes that promote urban resilience and the mitigation of future climate risks. Pradesh often participates as a guest lecturer at Bond and Griffith University.


Leeanne Bond
Leeanne Bond FTSE

Company Director

Leeanne is currently the independent non-executive chair of Mining3 and is a non-executive director of Snowy Hydro Limited, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Aurecon Group, QADO Group and ASX listed Synertec Corporation Limited (ASX:SOP). She has over 30 years corporate experience including as a professional company director and board member. She was a founding executive of WorleyParsons’ business in Queensland, NT and PNG, growing it from 32 to 600 people. Leeanne was the first female President of Engineers Australia in Queensland in 2002 and has previously served on many Qld government boards including Seqwater and Tarong Energy (Stanwell Corporation).