February 23, 2018
Firstly, many thanks to everyone who attended in person or participated via GoToMeeting. We had a large and diverse group of attendees that was pleasing to see and ensured a good cross-section of views in the consultation session we held: Harnessing the research value cycle - what works, what doesn't and why.
For those of you who were unable to attend, presentations from the day are available on the WaterRA website. These include updates from the Board Chair, Shaun Cox, and me on company news, especially changes to the WaterRA team designed to boost our capability to facilitate knowledge transfer and research adoption, and the development of our 3 year strategic plan.
One of the highlights of the February meeting is always hearing from the students who have completed their projects in the past year. This year was no exception and we wish all of them well in their ongoing careers, either with more study or in pursuing employment.
Another highlight is the announcement of the recipients of our two special student awards - the Nancy Millis PhD Scholarship Award and the Michael R Moore Honours Scholarship Award. Suffice to say, these awards are not given every year, only when applications are received from outstanding students. This year the calibre of students was very high and I am pleased to congratulate Matthew Kube, who was awarded the Nancy Millis Award, and Stephanie Wallace-Polley who received the Michael R Moore Award.
We were fortunate indeed to have excellent speakers in the post-lunch session who covered a wide range of challenges and opportunities confronting water managers across regional, rural and remote Australia. This session was a perfect precursor to the Community of Interest workshop the following day. Stay tuned for further news on outcomes from this workshop in coming weeks.
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