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 finalists 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.


Outstanding Outreach

Post-doc Dr Manu Saunders was one of six inaugural winners of the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and the Ecological Society of Australia's Prize for Outstanding Outreach. Her topic "Where do pollinators hang out at school" was chosen as the winners' research project with years 5-8 in schools around Australia, as part of CSIRO's  Scientists in Schools program.

Resilience Australia Award

Dr Val Ingham and Dr Sarah Redshaw were members of the Blue Mountains Resilience and Preparedness Group, which won the Resilience Australia Award (NSW) Community Award State Winner, 2015


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.


Tall Poppy

Dr Dale Nimmo was the recipient of the 2016 Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award; a member of a project team which won the 2016 Nancy Mills Science in Parks Award; and the winner of an Australian Institute of Policy and Science Tall Poppy Award in 2016.

APEC Science Prize Nomination

Dr Lee Baumgartner was named as the Australian nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education in 2016.


Best Science Writing

Articles by Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Lunt and Dr Manu Saunders were published in The Best Australian Science Writing 2015, an annual collection celebrating the finest Australian science writing of the year.


OAM Birthday Honours

Institute adjunct Professor David Mitchell, AM, received a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2014.

Eric Anderson Award

Professor Allan Curtis won the 2014 Eric Anderson award from the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand for the best paper published in the Australasian Journal of Environment  for his paper (he was the lead author)  “The great experiment with devolved NRM governance: lessons from community engagement in Australia and New Zealand since the 1980s.”

D.L. Serventy Medal

Institute adjunct Richard Loyn was awarded the D.L. Serventy Medal (for outstanding published work on birds in the Australasian region) at the Birdlife Australia Congress at Portland, Oct 4-5, 2014.


Teaching Award

A/Prof Geoff Burrows was recognised in the Australian Awards for University teaching program in 2012.


Eric Anderson Award

Institute adjunct Darla Hatton MacDonald and Prof Mark Morrison’s paper published in 2010 —Hatton MacDonald, D. and Morrison, M. (2010). Valuing Biodiversity Using Habitat Types. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 17(4): 235-243 was awarded the Eric Anderson award for the best article in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management on Sept 28, 2011.


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.


Best Paper

Dr Patrick Cobbinah (ILWS Adjunct) and Dr Paul Amoateng's paper "Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries" was awarded the Best Paper in the journal Environmental Development in 2015.

Distinguished Project

Dr Lee Baumgartner, Dr Joanne Millar, Mr Jarrod McPherson, Dr Wayne Robinson, Mr Tim Marsden, Mr Garry Thorncraft, Dr Oudom Phonekhampheng, Mr Douangkham Singhanouvong were Finalist (Runner up) for the 2015 Distinguished Project in Fisheries Engineering and Ecohydrology for their work on for achieving food sustainability outcomes in the Lower Mekong region, and applying innovative technology to protect fisheries and livelihoods.

Article of the Year

Associate Professor Rosemary Black and her colleague Professor Betty Weiler, from Southern Cross University, won the Editors of Tourism Recreation Research (TRR) Taylor a& Francis Article of the Year Award 2015 for their joint contribution "The changing face of the tour guide: One-way communicator to choreographer to co-creator of the tourist experience."


Best Economics Professor

Dr Hazbo Skoko, was awarded the ‘Best Professor in Economics Award’ for excellence in leadership, education and teaching, at World Education Congress, Global Asia Award held in Dubai on Sept 25, 2011.

Best Paper

Dr Branka Krivokapic-Skoko received the Best Paper award at British Academy of Management 2011 (Organisational Psychology Track) conference held Sept 13 to 15. Her paper was titled ‘Academics and Breach of Psychological Contracts in the University Sector: Insights from an Australian Business School.’