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Water researcher earns leadership recognition

Associate Professor Alison King with Peter Cullen Trust Chair Professor John Thwaites Associate Professor Alison King with Peter Cullen Trust Chair Professor John Thwaites

Charles Darwin University researcher Associate Professor Alison King has graduated as one of the 2014 Fellows of the Peter Cullen Trust Water and Environment Trust after being selected to take part in a national leadership program.

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods' Dr Alison King was selected as one of 15 people from across Australia to take part in the Science to Policy Leadership Program in Canberra.

The program focused on leadership and communication skills specifically geared towards bringing about positive change in water and catchment management throughout Australia.

The Principal Research Fellow in Aquatic Ecology said it was an honour to be selected for the program.

“The mixture of practical learning of leadership skills and techniques, and also presentations from influential leaders in policy, water and other sectors such as the military was fantastic,” Dr King said.

“Not only have I developed a range of new skills, I also now have the opportunity to network and share ideas, knowledge and experiences with some of Australia’s leading scientists, policy makers and managers.”

The Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust was formed in 2009 in memory of Peter Cullen and as an enduring legacy for his significant contribution to water management in Australia.

The Trust aims to strengthen the bridges between science, policy and stakeholders in water system management.

Its goals are to enable scientists to work effectively with policy makers, and policy makers to understand scientists’ thinking, by facilitating action learning, communication and connections between these groups.