Professor Jean Palutikof is Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia, a role she assumed in October 2008. Previously, she managed production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office.
From 1979 to 2004 she worked at the University of East Anglia, UK, becoming a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Climatic Research Unit. Before that, she was a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1974-1979.
Her research interests focus on climate change impacts and adaptation, and communication of knowledge to adaptation decision-makers. A particular interest is extreme events and how to manage these in a changing world. She was Lead Author for Working Group II of the IPCC Second and Third Assessment Reports, and a Review Editor for the Fifth Assessment. She has authored more than 200 papers, articles and reports. Her proudest moment to date was attending the ceremony in 2007 at which the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.