Please note that some workshops will be held on the Sunday (09/02/20) and Friday (14/02/20)


Workshop: Python for Atmosphere and Ocean Science

Sunday, 9 February - 9:30am to 5:00pm, Rottnest Room, The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle


Python is rapidly emerging as the programming language of choice for data analysis in the weather, climate and ocean sciences. By consulting online tutorials and help pages, most researchers in this community are able to pick up the basic syntax and programming constructs (e.g. loops, lists and conditionals). This self-taught knowledge is sufficient to get work done, but it often involves spending hours to do things that should take minutes, reinventing a lot of wheels, and a nagging uncertainty at the end of it all regarding the reliability and reproducibility of the results. To help address these issues, this Data Carpentry workshop will cover a suite of programming best practices that aren’t so easy to glean from a quick Google search.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. Participants must already be using Python for their data analysis. They don't need to be highly proficient, but a strong familiarity with Python syntax and basic constructs such as loops, lists and conditionals (i.e. if statements) is required.

When: Feb 9, 2020.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct. 

Extra Information:

The course outline and lesson materials will be available prior to the session.


Lead Organiser:
Damien Irving


Workshop: Accessing and using IMOS data for your research

Sunday, 9 February 9:30am - 12:30pm, Garden Room, The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle


Please have the following two programs installed on your computer for the workshop:
Panoply -
Octave -


Since 2006, the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) has been routinely operating a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s coastal and open oceans, making all of its data accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators. This workshop is to assist the scientific community discover, access, download, use and understand the potential of the data for their research. The workshop will be focused on the use of temperature, salinity and ocean current data from satellites and moored equipment. The intention is to be a hands on guided tutorial that show the use of the Australian Ocean Data Network portal and the tools that are available to analyse the data.


Lead Organiser:
Indi Hodgson-Johnston

Other Organisers:
Craig Steinberg


Workshop: How to use weather radar for climate science

Sunday, 9 February 2:00pm - 5:00pm, The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle (Garden Room)


A 3hr 'BYO laptop' workshop to demonstrate how to access and apply the CLEX Australian Radar Dataset. This newly available dataset on NCI provides a unique observational record of precipitation rate, processes and structures that can be applied for climate science, including long-term climatologies, evaluating simulations and quantifying rainfall processes. Participants of the workshop will gain an understanding of strengthens and limitations of weather radar observations and will be guided through a series of Python notebooks that demonstrate applications.


Lead Organiser:
Joshua Soderholm

Other Organisers:
Valentin Louf, Christian Jakob



Activity: Ice Breaker

Monday, 10 February - 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Bathers Beach House
Fremantle, 47 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160

Just a short 6 min walk from the Esplanade Hotel.  Head upstairs!  
Map here:


Activity: AMOS 2020 Fellows Dinner

Monday, 10 February - 7:45pm - 9:30pm

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Room, Harbour Master Restaurant
(Invitation only)


Workshop: Constructing Visual Narratives for Non-expert Audiences

Tuesday, 11 February - 7:00am to 8:45am


Tired of conference graphs and charts? Want to learn more about capturing the attention of and engaging a broader audience? The AMOS 2020 breakfast workshop explores how to take your work and build it into a visual narrative. How do you search, select and sequence images for storytelling? How is bias embedded in imagery? And how can you collaborate more closely with writers, artists and designers?

Participants are asked to bring laptops, if available, and to prepare a short (2-3 sentence) description of an issue or phenomenon they are currently researching/communicating.

Participants will also be asked to work in small groups on assigned communication tasks, and occasionally share the results of these activities with the whole group.


7:00–7.20am: Breakfast and viewing of mini-exhibition with examples of narrative / visual approaches to ecological storytelling

7.20–8:45am: Workshop


Dr Zoë Sadokierski, University of Technology Sydney



Workshop: Creating & delivering policy-relevant climate science
(thanks to our AMOS 2020 event partner NSW Planning, Industry and Environment)

Tuesday, 11 February - 12:30pm - 2:15pm, Orion Room


This workshop targets climate scientists and researchers that are interested in creating policy-relevant science, and looking to increase the applicability, usability and accessibility of their work to inform government and private sector decision-making. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE; formerly NSW Office of Environment & Heritage) and the QLD Department of Environment and Science (DES) will provide insights on their end-user needs driven processes, which is instrumental in translating climate change research into useable products that are now informing policy and decision-making at the state level. DPIE and DES collectively are positioned well to achieve this by having climate and weather science capability, knowledge brokerage and advisory functions and a role in government policy development. The workshop will provide guidance on how to translate climate and weather research findings into applicable results for use beyond the scientific community, into sectors such as fire and emergency services, health, transport, and infrastructure. We invite workshop participants to describe what research they are working on now, discuss what impacts and relevance that research might have, and identify potential external collaborators/stakeholders.


Discussion on current science from participants (30mins), tips and guidance provided through case studies, lessons learned, and good practice examples for establishing collaborations with key stakeholders (45 – 60mins), Q&A (15 - 30 mins).


Lead Organiser:
Kathleen Beyer,

Other Organisers:
Jozef Syktus,

Note: Sandwich lunch provided for those who registered

Dr Kathleen Beyer, Senior Team Leader Climate Research

Kathleen is the Senior Team Leader Climate Research, Climate & Atmospheric Science Branch, Science Division, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. She oversees a multidisciplinary team delivering complex and integrated climate science including regional climate projections and research on climate extremes and hazards. The research aims to improve our understanding of the past, present and future climate of NSW and the impacts of climate change on the State’s communities and environment. In her role, Kathleen chairs the Human Health & Social Impacts Node and Energy Efficiency Decision Making Node Steering Committees.




Workshop: Cross-cultural communication & climate change
(thanks to our AMOS 2020 partners - National Environmental Science Program,  Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub and ARC CLEX)

 Tuesday, 11 February - 12:30pm - 2:15pm, Rottnest Room


Climate change is having a major impact on First Peoples, their country and culture throughout Australia. Understanding the current and future likely changes is important for First People planning their futures.  At this session, Australia's First People, their partners and knowledge exchange specialties, will discuss experiences in bringing together these complex knowledge systems in a way that enables the understanding of how the climate is changing and how this understanding interacts with First Peoples long history of country. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches, such as peer-to-peer exchanges, national and local dialogues, Indigenous-led, co-designed and other methods.  We aim to find key insights about what works and why.


Lead Organiser:
Mandy Hopkins,

Other Organisers:
Karen Pearce, Melissa Lyne

Note: Sandwich lunch provided for those who registered



Activity: CSIRO Early Career Researcher Event

Tuesday, 11 February, 6:15 to 9:00pm (approx) 

Barefoot bowling at Melville Bowling Club! 
592 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove, WA, 6154

Buses depart from The Esplanade Hotel (pickup at bus bays on Marine Terrace) at 6:15pm so be ready to go!  You can bowl in bare feet or socks.  Yummy food and drinks provided.  Finish around 8:30pm.  Buses will bring ECRs and Students back to Rydges Hotel Fremantle. 




Activity: AMOS 2020 Conference Dinner

Wednesday 12 February, 6:00pm - 10:00pm (approx)

State Reception Centre, Fraser’s Kings Park
60 Fraser Avenue, Kings Park
(Delegates that registered only - no more dinner registrations available)

The conference dinner will be held at Fraser’s Kings Park. Buses will pick up delegates from The Esplanade Hotel (pickup at bus bays on Marine Terrace) from 6:00pm (approx. 25 min drive). Please be on time if you wish to catch the bus. We anticipate the event will finish around 9:30pm. Buses will drop delegates back at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle around 10.00pm. If you are unable to attend, please notify



Activity: Equity and diversity lunch
(thanks to our AMOS 2020 event partner ARC CLEX)

Thursday, 13 February - 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Plenary Room, The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle

Can you ask THAT question? Of course you can!

 Have you always wanted to ask a senior colleague a burning question but didn’t feel you could?  Well this is the session for you!  This very interactive session will be in the style of the TV programs Q&A and You Can’t Ask That.  Our guest speaker Leanne Armand and our AMOS president Andrew Marshall will attempt to answer your challenging/humorous/advice seeking questions based on their experiences of an academic (Leanne) and Bureau (Andrew) lifestyle, not knowing what question is coming next. All questions welcome – from:

  • Asking your advice on…
  • Have you experienced…?
  • How have you dealt with…?
  • What do feel is important for…?
  • Did you make mistakes?
  • Did you feel pressure under diversity constraints? 
  • What is your favourite diatom?

… and any others that you want to ask!

With just one-two minutes to answer each question, Leanne and Andrew will provide some unforgettable insight into their careers and working life.

About Leanne

A/Prof Leanne Armand is the ANZIC (Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium) Program Scientist and an ANU RSES researcher. She is currently a council member of the International Society of Diatom Research (2016-2019) and the representative for ANZIC on the National Marine Science Committee.  Prior to her current appointment, Leanne was a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University (2009-2017).

In 2007 Leanne was awarded the Australian Academy of Science's Dorothy Hill award for her excellence in palaeoceanographic research and also the Bigelow Laboratory's Rose-Provasoli award. In 2014, she received an US Antarctic Service Medal for service on the US-led Sabrina Coast Mission on the RVIB N.B. Palmer.

Follow Leanne on Twitter –  @LA_Diatom

Note: Sandwich lunch provided for those who registered


Workshop: UN Content Expert Contribution Workshop
- Climate across the Curriculum: Educational Resources for Teachers
(thanks to our AMOS 2020 event partners SWAQ and ARC CLEX)

Friday, 14 February, Indian Ocean Suite, The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle


TROP ICSU (“Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”) is a global project funded by the International Council of Science. The project is led by International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and co-led by International Union For Quaternary Research (INQUA). We aim to integrate relevant education and science communication modules in the education system to help future citizens across the globe in improving their understanding of the science of climate change and in developing necessary skills to mitigate its impact. The goal is not to introduce Climate Education as a stand-alone topic, but to integrate it with the core curriculum of Science, Mathematics, and Social Sciences. We collate and curate digital/ICT-based teaching resources that integrate climate studies across the curriculum of Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities. These teaching resources are locally rooted in their context, but globally relevant for their science. Our resources, with detailed step-by-step descriptions, are designed and packaged so that teachers in schools and colleges/Universities across the world can use them to: i. introduce examples and case studies from climate science and climate change while enhancing the conceptual understanding of topics in the Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and other disciplines ii. impart interdisciplinary training that is essential for research on climate change. We invite AMOS attendees to this expert workshop to help contribute to the TROPICSU repository of teaching tools and lesson plans for use in high schools across the world. Some light pre-workshop preparation is required so that experts have chosen potential lesson topics and resources prior to attending. This will also give attendees a chance to browse the TROP ICSU repository for resources which may be useful to them for their own teaching.

Proposed Agenda:

  • 8:30am to 12:00pm UN Content Expert Contribution workshop
  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm to 3:30pm Teachers Only Session 

Convenors: Angela Mahara1,2, Robyn Scholfield2,3, Ian Macadam1,2, David Holmes4, Sanaa Hobeichi1,2

1. Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), UNSW Sydney
2. Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX)
3. University of Melbourne
4. Monash Climate Change Communication Hub

Note: Lunch provided for those who registered