Rob Gell is a geographer and specifically a coastal geomorphologist, specialising in the environmental processes that continually shape our coastlines. As such, he has an expert understanding of the Victorian coastline and its formation and completed his Science Degree at Melbourne University in the early seventies. In his professional life today, Rob works as an environmental and communications consultant.

Rob taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at Melbourne State College and Melbourne University.  Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of the Victorian Coastal Council, President of Greening Australia Ltd, Chairman of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Biosphere Reserve Foundation, and a member of the Reference Group for the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria. Rob also serves on the boards of Surfing Victoria and WPC Group Ltd.

He is Patron of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, Wildlife Victoria, Life Education Victoria, Sustainability Street, and a supporter of Cool Melbourne. He is a Life Ambassador for Australia Day for the State of Victoria and was Environmental Ambassador to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

In 1979 Rob Gell's Four Day Forecast revolutionised the way television weather information was presented. For twenty-five years he brought innovation, information, credibility, and authority to television news introducing satellite image sequences, integrated pressure analyses and explanation and accountability rather than simply a presentation of Weather Bureau forecasts by a personality. He presented on National Nine News for sixteen years from 1988 and previously on Eyewitness News. He currently presents weather information with the Seven Network.

He is a published author and photographer. He has been a local government councillor and was a councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation for almost a decade. Rob Gell is a uniquely qualified individual who has the respect of government, business, environmental groups and the community for his approach to sustainable development. Importantly he is also an excellent communicator who can get the message across.

Speaker Topics Include:

  • Australia's Coast: 2050
  • Business As Usual or Sustainable Business?
  • Climate Shift - The Science, Current Impacts and Options For the Future
  • Designing Towards Zero Carbon Environments
  • Environmental Management for Schools
  • Natural Capital, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  • Science, Communications and the Media
  • Sustainable 2050
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Water Sustainability for Industry
  • Water, Energy & Waste: The Keys to Sustainable Development
  • Water: Issues & Opportunities
  • Weather Report: 2050
  • Weather, Natural Disasters and Greenhouse Theory



I wish to express my personal thanks and the appreciation of the Bendigo Organising Committee for being our Key Note speaker at the Science and Engineering Grand Challenge Dinner on the 21st October at the Bendigo Town hall. Rob, our guests were treated to a beautifully illustrated presentation in your address "Welcome to the New World". The topic was interesting and informative, and highlighted the challenges and problems facing the countries of the world today. You stressed the urgency of taking immediate action on global warming and other environmental issues and the consequences if government fail to address and take immediate action on these problems.
- Chair - Bendigo Science and Engineering Challenge Committee

On behalf of Zoo Victoria, the Zoo Victoria Foundation I wish to express our most sincere thank you for participating as a panellist and providing such an engaging presentation at the Zoo Victoria Conservation Forum. The evening was an immense success and we are most grateful for your involvement.
- Chairman, Zoo Victoria Foundation

On behalf of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Special Events Committee I would like to express my thanks for your generosity in giving your time to be the MC at the Great Australian Chefs Dinner at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. It was wonderful to have you back on board as you do such a great job. The night was a great success and we have had lots of positive feed back..
- Chairman, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Special Events Committee

The calibre of Rob's presentation – the subject matter and the credibility of his delivery was noted by all present at our workshop. Rob gets the climate change message out there with great credibility and conviction – he was motivating and sobering all in one. Fantastic speaker to set the scene for our Climate Change Workshop.
- Goulburn Broken CMA

I write to thank you for your involvement in the ECO-Buy Excellence in Green Purchasing event. The success of the night was down to those who participated in the evening and you played a key role in the event in terms of the way which you steered the awards sessions so professionally and engaged so well with the award winners.
- Chief Executive Officer, ECO-Buy

Rob was an absolute delight to work with. Extremely professional, well organized, engaging and was extremely knowledgeable on the matters that was discussed at the conference, he was much more than just an MC.
- Expotrade

Thank you for your participation in the Flinders Positive Ageing Forum and Expo. Your participation made the event an enourmous success and from the feedback we have received, the event was enjoyed by all that attended.
- MP, Federal Member for Flinders

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