2016 Students and Early Careers Congress a great success

Published 17 November 2016 by Sophie Cowie MEIANZ

The EIANZ Students and Early Careers Congress was held on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at the Heritage listed Transcontinental Hotel on Brisbane’s George Street, providing an opportunity for students and early career professionals to network and learn about the future of the environment industry.  

Delegates from across the Institute met for a full day of professional development. Setting the tone for the day, keynote speaker Dr Catherine Ball spoke of the future of environmental science using drones and discussed some of the ethical ramifications while Dr Geoff Garrett pondered innovation and how much more we could achieve if we shared information more freely and worked together.

Above: Dr Catherine Ball presents at the Congress

Above: Dr Geoff Garrett discusses innovation and information sharing

The day was packed full with educational presentations from experienced practitioners and young Australian and New Zealand researchers with topics as diverse crab fishing and indigenous engagement, to EIA, ethics, and the power of networking. Participants even got to take to the floor themselves, with the careers workshop encouraging delegates to step outside their comfort zone and practice their elevator pitch.

Above: Alan Chenoweth FEIANZ CEnvP presents on ethics to Congress delegates

With a full glass and a full mind, Congress delegates wound down at the end of the day with EIANZ Conference delegates on the roof of the Sofitel.

The EIANZ Students and Early Careers Committee thanks all speakers and volunteers for contributing to what was a great event. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Book launch for keynote speaker, Dr Catherine Ball

Dr Catherine Ball, Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015, invites EIANZ members to her book launch ‘Gumption Trigger’ on 7 December 2016. To secure a ticket or order the book visit: http://www.gumptiontrigger.com/