Professional Scientists Australia has announced the awarding of the 2016 Science Upskill scholarship to two highly-deserving recipients to coincide with Science Week.
The first scholarship has been awarded to Dr Eustathios Petinakis, a Victorian-based Professional Engineer with a PhD in the area of polymer composites who has been a member of Professionals Australia since 2015. Eustathios plans to undertake a Developing Leadership Qualities course with the Australian Institute of Management. On how he would benefit from the training, Dr. Petinakis said:
“I’m currently facing redundancy from my current employer so I would like to upskill by undertaking a professional development course to develop my leadership and management skills. This professional development will improve my career job prospects.”
The second scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Ellen O’Brien, a NSW-based Sustainability Manager working in the private sector. She is planning on undertaking the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard Online Course conducted by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol which typically takes 8-20 hours to complete. The $500 will go towards the USD$450 online course fee. On how she expects to benefit from the training, she said:
“Increasingly companies are expected to provide detailed information on their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profiles. In order to fully understand the impact of our business we need to better understand the GHG emissions derived from our value chain (Scope 3) and which ones are material, both upstream and downstream. This training course will assist me in building rigour into our Scope 3 assessments and allow us to set informed priorities for managing and reducing Scope 3 emissions.”
Professional Scientists Australia President Robyn Porter said the decision to award two scholarships in 2016 was intended to reflect the importance of CPD at the level of both practising scientist with the need to further develop expert technical competencies as well as the need to develop transferable soft skills including leadership and management skills to diversify the career options of technical specialists. We congratulate both scholarship recipients and commend them on their commitment to improving their skills.”