Pre-conference events

Software Carpentry Bootcamp
Mon 10 and Tue 11 February 2014
9:00am-5:00pm, IMAS Building, Hobart Waterfront

The mission of the Software Carpentry project ( /is to help scientists be more productive by teaching them basic computing skills. Scientists often spend much of their time wrestling with software, but most are self-taught programmers. As a result, they spend hours doing things that should take minutes, reinvent a lot of wheels, and still don’t know if their results are reliable. To tackle this problem, Software Carpentry runs two-day boot camps at dozens of sites around the world including University of Oxford, MIT, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  AMOS will be running the next bootcamp in Hobart to coincide with the AMOS National Conference 2014.  $90.00 for students, $120 for standard.  More info

AMOS Media Workshop 
Tue 11 February 2014
2:00pm-5:00pm, Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Building, Hobart Waterfront

AMOS and the Bureau of Meteorology have joined forces with the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) and online media heavy-weight, The Conversation, to deliver a media training workshop at the start of the AMOS conference with a focus on media skills for scientific research. Science doesn't always fit easily into the mainstream news cycle, so this popular workshop has been designed to balance media theory and practice, to allow participants to develop media skills in a closed forum. Your hosts are on hand to provide advice and tips, and answer common questions like ‘how can we effectively engage with the media?’, ‘how can we ensure our material is interesting and accessible to the person in the street?’, and ‘how can we maintain their interest, and explain complex theories in a way our audience can relate?’
Click here to register  your interest as places are limited.  

Climate change science and solutions for Australia
Tue 11 Feb 2014
6:00-7:30pm, Venue Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania
The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis" was released at the end of September. This confirmed with greater confidence the key conclusions on climate change; that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, most of the observed global warming since 1950 is very likely due to the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, and that continued emissions will lead to substantial further global warming. This talk will review the science of climate change, including regional impacts in Australia. It will also describe the global emission reductions that are needed to meet the globally agreed target of limiting global warming to less than two degrees above pre-industrial levels. In October, the Climate Change Authority released its draft Targets and Progress Review, assessing progress in Australia in terms of greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 and recommending targets for reductions in Australian greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the two degree warming target. The key recommendations from the CCA will be discussed, as well as some of the opportunities that are readily available for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.  Click here to register

MC/Chair: Dr. Tony Press
Speaker: Prof. David Karoly
Panellists: Prof. David Karoly, Dr. Susan Wijffels, Prof. Tom Trull, Prof. Ian Allison

Wednesday 12 February 2014 - Conference Opening Day
   (Conf Reg opens 8:00am for
8:30am start)

AMOS/CoECSS Women's Lunch 
Wed 12 Feb 2014
12:30-1:30pm, Hotel Grand Chancellor

The Women's Lunch is a joint initiative by the AMOS and CoECSS to address gender issues in the atmosphere and ocean sciences workforce. The lunch will be held on the first day of the 2014 National Conference of AMOS in Hobart. Despite the name, the lunch hour will be dedicated to talking broadly about gender issues and so all members are welcome to attend, regardless of their gender. However, women are particularly encouraged to take part. This initiative is designed to establish whether the AMOS and the CoECSS want to establish a wider women's group that will address gender issues in our field and, perhaps, the wider scientific community in Australia. In order to address gender issues in AMOS and the CoECSS they first need to be established. For this purpose, we have set up a short survey to collect demographic information from the Australian atmosphere and ocean sciences community. The survey is anonymous and will take less than 5 minutes to complete. We would appreciate your participation in order to best establish what the gender issues are in our community. The survey will be open until mid January and the results will be presented at the Women's lunch. Click here to rsvp

Wed 12 Feb 2014


The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is an institute of the University of Tasmania and is run by an independent board under the leadership of an independent chair. The new $45 million IMAS building on Hobart's waterfront is an initiative of the Australian Government as part of the Education Investment Fund. IMAS aspires to be a leading global institution for temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic research.

The new IMAS building will bring together much of Tasmania's considerable strengths in marine and Antarctic studies in one precinct, offering opportunities for collaborative research of state, national and international significance. The building will provide teaching and research facilities for around 290 staff and students.

The IMAS building has been designed to be efficient and inspiring, flexible and adaptable and promote internal and external public interaction. The design is sympathetic to the important history of the area and its former and current maritime uses, but will also be long-lasting and memorable. The building will have a 5 Star Green Star classification.

AMOS/CoECSS Early Career Scientist Event - “Life beyond the postdoc” 

Wed 12 February 2014
6:45pm - 7:30pm - CHANGE OF VENUE, Now Seminar Room, CSIRO
Building, Waterfront Hobart 
Informal discussion with CoE chief investigators.   This is a side event during the Icebreaker and takes place in the same building.

Thursday 13 February 2014 

AMOS Annual General Meeting
Thu 13 February 2014
Plenary Room - Grand Chancellor Hobart 

The AMOS AGM will be held during the lunch break.  Nominations for Council positions are now being accepted until 31 December 2013.  

AMOS National Conference Dinner 2014
Thu 13 February 2014
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
RETURN by 10:30pm

The evening is a celebration of the achievements of members of our science community and will include the AMOS Awards and announcement of several new Fellows of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.   A fabulous evening as been planned at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).  The evening will include a return ferry ride to MONA and a viewing of the gallery. The dinner is INCLUDED in the Conference Registration (3 day) fee. AMOS members are able to purchase one accompanying person ticket prior to 31/12/2013 (subject to availability). To purchase extra ticket, please email


MONA showcases the largest private collection of art in Australia in a secular temple of over 6000m² dedicated to the assault and soothing of the senses. A cultural haven where outstanding art, architecture and antiquities are fused with the surrounding, natural landscape. Mona offers visitors a unique Tasmanian experience; a perfect blend of wine, food and art.

Friday 14 February 2014 

Education and Outreach Day
Fri 14 February 2014
9:00-5:00pm - Grand Chancellor Hobar

AMOS welcomes participants from all education sectors and industry working in weather and climate to showcase and exchange ideas, tools and practical tips on pedagogy and student/ community engagement with the sciences related to weather and climate.  Participants can attend keynote addresses, plenaries and various scientific sessions throughout the day to get their finger on the pulse of current research.  Click here for more info

Education and Outreach Day Networking Lunch
Tentative theme - “The IPCC’s climate change science report”
Fri 14 February 2014
12:15pm/Room TBC - Grand Chancellor Hobart 

Networking lunch for AMOS Conference 2014 attendees (optional extra) and Education and Outreach day participants.  Lunch is $55.00 for AMOS Conference 2014 attendees and is included in Education and Outreach Day Registration fee.