sustainability through science & innovation

our story

where it all began

Since 2007 the team at cesar have been combining their passion for sustainability with cutting edge science to achieve positive outcomes for the agricultural sector and wildlife conservation in Australia.

While cesar is now an independent company, the organisation had its beginnings in 2000 as an Australian Research Council special research centre spread across three universities in Melbourne; La Trobe University, Monash University and The University of Melbourne. Headed by Professor Ary Hoffmann, the organisation was referred to as The Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research (shortened to CESAR).

Doctors Andrew Weeks and Paul Umina were both employed at CESAR as postdoctoral research fellows, and later promoted to the executive board until CESAR ended in 2009. There were many important discoveries made at CESAR, which had a focus on understanding the impacts of environmental stress on species distributions. Unfortunately these findings were often not being adopted by business, industry and government. So Andrew and Paul began to focus on working with people and organisations on the front line of agricultural pest management and wildlife conservation. Eventually cesar was established as a way to effectively provide scientific consulting and research focused on delivering practical outcomes to a range of industries and clients.

In the following years the business has taken on a range of projects and clients in the agriculture sector, wildlife ecology and genetics areas. In the short time cesar has been operating, the team have made several important discoveries and provided high-quality outcomes to over 60 private and government organisations.


our values

At cesar our values are integral. They guide, support and empower our amazing team in all that we do. We believe science fulfils its purpose through application to real-world challenges and outcomes. Our expertise resides in our ability to use world-leading science and innovative thinking to benefit the environment and help our clients achieve their goals, creating sustainable outcomes for communities, government and businesses all over Australia.

Scientific excellence

Scientific rigour and innovation are central to the practical outcomes we deliver.

Bring grit

We are fast paced, determined and persevere through challenges.

Love it, own it

We are passionate about what we do and own the responsibility for achieving greatness.

Trust yourself and each other

We have the courage to face ambiguity and help others do the same.

Do good for the environment

We are driven by purpose and strive to have a positive impact.