Major award for Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher Dr Katharine Haynes (Macquarie University) has been selected as the Australian nomination for the prestigious APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) Award for 2015, beating a strong field of applicants in Sydney in late March.
"I am thrilled to be selected to represent Australia," said Dr Haynes.
"It is great that research on the human and policy dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation was recognised. There are many excellent researchers doing similar work across Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is a great supporter of much of this research".
As the Australian nomination, Dr Haynes is in the running for the major award, which will be presented in the Philippines in August. This is the first year Australia has run a national competition to select a nominee for the APEC-wide prize.
CEO of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Dr Richard Thornton, said that Dr Haynes was a worthy representative for Australia.
“Dr Haynes’ research has led to a number of direct policy outcomes to improve disaster management for extreme events and climate variability. It is fantastic for both her, and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, that she will represent Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC in the Philippines in August,” said Dr Thornton.
This year’s ASPIRE theme is 'Disaster risk reduction: Understanding the role of climate change and variability'. The theme focuses on innovative technologies that may help economies adapt to the changing climate, protect the natural environment, and build resilient and sustainable societies. Read more about Dr Haynes’ research at www.bnhcrc.com.au