Professional Scientists Australia has announced the awarding of the 2015 Science Upskill scholarship to two highly-deserving recipients to coincide with Science Week.
The first scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Holstein Wong, a Queensland-based member working as a Process Engineer in the coal industry. Holstein plans to undertake the certificate course called “Challenges in Global Affairs” with Coursera. The course is available online, which makes it accessible to Holstein as a resident of Blackwater – a mining town in the Bowen Basin about 800 kilometres North-west of Brisbane. On how she would benefit from the training, she said:
“To address global issues such as sustainable development, scientists and engineers need to be influencers and consultants in international organisations. Having built operational experience in Australia’s mining industry, I have seen how economic and political affairs are often at odds with scientific frameworks and perspectives. This Coursera specialisation will deepen my understanding of international politics, economics and security issues so I can better identify how scientific research and innovation can be communicated and used effectively in a global political context.”
The second scholarship has been awarded to Dr. Belinda Willis, a Victorian-based Veterinarian and Director of her mobile Home Visiting Vet service. Belinda is planning to undertake training at a Veterinary Dermatology conference – more specifically a workshop which covers a range of dermatology topics and aims to improve clinical competence in both approach and treatment of cases. On how she expects to benefit from the training, she said:
“By undertaking this workshop, I expect to gain further knowledge on how to most effectively diagnose and manage skin cases which are a common day to day occurrence in practice. Skin conditions in pets are very commonly seen and can be debilitating for the patient and sometimes difficult to accurately diagnose and manage. As I work in a semi-rural region, my patients are exposed to a number of skin allergens/irritants including various weeds, pollens and mange. This course would provide me with practical diagnostic tools and more diverse treatment options so I can make a diagnosis quickly and accurately and get my patients feeling more comfortable – and their owners feeling less frustrated – in the shortest time frame possible. As there is a large component of ‘hands on’ and practical components in this workshop, I could start applying the knowledge straight away. I would find attendance at this workshop extremely rewarding and useful.”
Professional Scientists Australia President Robyn Porter said the decision to award two scholarships in 2015 was intended to reflect the importance of CPD at the level of practising scientist as well as emphasising the need to give scientists the skills to communicate the importance of science to decision-makers at the management and policy levels more broadly.
“We congratulate both scholarship recipients and commend them on their commitment to improving their skills.”