Science to Policy Leadership Program

“The Peter Cullen Trust’s mission to support leaders who are highly motivated, knowledgeable and skilled in bringing about positive change in water and catchment management in Australia is a most worthwhile undertaking that I enthusiastically support.”
Former Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery (Ret’d) AC, AO, AM, CVO, MC
“I have changed profoundly during this course. I look forward to influencing water policy for as long as I am able.”
Brendon Warnock, 2012 Program Graduate
We need a new generation of scientists and policy makers who are not just expert in water management in a dry and drying continent, but are able to work across the complex interactions between climate, water, energy and food. If we can develop such a cadre of professionals, they will be a great strategic asset for Australia. The Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Leadership Program trains, networks and supports Australia’s future water leaders. This program is designed to bring about sustainable change, not just temporary inspiration.

The Program focuses on raising awareness of key issues amongst our mid-career rising stars and building leadership and communication skills specifically geared towards bringing about positive change in water and catchment management in Australia. The Trust selects participants who are highly skilled and motivated and can continue the work of Peter Cullen. The Program is a journey of personal discovery. It challenges participants to stretch themselves beyond their current boundaries and realise their potential to make a real difference in their chosen water related careers.

The Program is highly competitive and attracts outstanding participants. It combines dynamic high profile speakers and interactive experiential learning. The Trust’s uniquely prestigious network of leaders including Ministers, senior public servants & leading water scientists donate their time and expertise to participants, during the Program and beyond. After highly successful Leadership Programs in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 the Peter Cullen Trust is proud to announce that the 2017 Science to Policy Leadership Program will commence in September 2017.

The 2017 Science to Policy Leadership Program comprises two hands-on sessions of experiential learning. These focus on developing awareness and skills that will enable water scientists, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the water space to effectively participate in, and influence, policy development.


Scholarship application form(2017 PCT scholarship application)
Sponsor/Employer application form(2017 PCT sponsorship application)

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