ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Awards and Appointments

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Heritage Medal

Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay was one of four finalist for the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal announced May 6 in Bathurst. This prestigious national award recognised contributions toward the preservation, conservation and protection of Australia's heritage and is awarded annually.

Frank Stewart Award

Dr Penny DavidsonInstitute Adjunct Dr Penny Davidson was awarded the Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 National Parks and Leisure Australia Conference on the Gold Coast in October.The Frank Stewart Award recognises an individual who has provided distinguished contribution to the parks and leisure industry over many years. Penny was recognised for the extensive contribution she has made through her National Board representation, as well as her ongoing contributions to the industry journal - especially in the areas of academic and practitioner research.She has been a regular presenter at national conferences. In addition Penny has been Chair of the PLA Advisory committee which advises on policy development and research agendas for Parks and Leisure. A well-deserved recipient of this prestigious industry award.

Best Tertiary Student Resource

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth and Denise Winkler's book Healthy Ageing and Aged Care was awarded the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia for the best Tertiary Student Resource at the Awards ceremony in Melbourne in September. Maree and Denise are editors of the book, published by Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand. It features chapters written by a number of ILWS members.The judges said :"The richness of the videos and the quality of the case studies links the content to the real world and elevates and humanises this publication." 

Award for research presentation

Dr Rachel Whitsed and Dr Alexandra KnightInstitute members Dr Rachel Whitsed, Dr Alexandra Knight,  Associate Professor Rosemary Black and CSU's Robin Harvey, were co-authors of a paper "Better rural city park planning to improve older people's health and well- being" which took out the best rural public/population health research presentation at the 2017 NSW Rural Health & Research Congress, Wagga Wagga, September 27-29.The paper is based on their Better Parks for People project.


Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development

In October 2017 Dr Luiz Silva received the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development, a Brazilian national sustainability award for his work on a project that aims to mitigate the impact of hydro-turbines (hydropower) on fish mortality. 

Indian National Award

Professor Manohar Pawar has been awarded the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI)'s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. NAPSWI is one of the largest organisations of social workers in India. The annual award is given to a professional social work educator "who has made a significant contribution by enriching the knowledge base of the social work profession at the global level." The award was presented at the 5th Indian Social Work Congress, November 10-12, at Shree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala, India.

ICSD president Prof Manohar PawarInternational Consortium for Social Development

Professor Manohar Pawar is the new president of the International Consortium for Social Development. In his incoming presidential address (which he gave at the ICSD's International Scientific Conference in Croatia, July 7-11) he honored ICSD pioneers and presented his vision and plans and programs for the consortium. Read his speech at or video link…/0B_1MJT49zrrccy13VmlDeDVsT…/view…>

Fellow of Wetlands Scientists

Professor Max Finlayson has been elected by the Board of the Society of Wetland Scientists as a Fellow of the Society. His award was presented by SWS President Gillian Davies at the society's annual meeting in June.

Senior Advisor to International Crane Foundation

Professor Max Finlayson has been appointed Senior Advisor to the International Crane Foundation (2017-2020). The International Crane Foundation (ICF), a NGO, works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend.

ILEC Scientific Committee Member

Professor Max Finlayson has been appointed a Scientific Committee Member of the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) Foundation (based in Japan). The appointment to the ILEC Scientific Committee 12th Term is for April 2017 to March 2019.