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Evolution of TERN’s knowledge brokering and communications capacity

The end of June 2014 marks a time of changes for TERN’s knowledge brokering and communications capacity.

Firstly, our Executive Knowledge Broker Dr Suzanne Long will be stepping back into an advisory role for TERN, equivalent to approximately one day a week. In exciting news, she will be starting her own company providing knowledge brokering and strategic communications services to a range of groups needing to achieve maximum impact from their science and research endeavours. There is no question that Suzanne has played an integral role in the life and success of TERN over the last 2+ years, making a number of very significant contributions. Clearly we will all miss Suzanne’s full-time involvement with TERN’s activities; however, she will still be available to provide strategic advice. We wish her all the best as she establishes a new base for her company in Western Australia.

The second half of 2014 will also bring exciting new horizons for our Communication Project Officer Mark Grant, as he and his wife Kana welcome their first child due in November. Mark and Kana will be moving back to Japan in October to establish their new family life with the support of Kana’s extended family. In less than a year with TERN Mark has made a big impact to the KB/Comms team and TERN, taking on responsibility for our digital communications (newsletter, website, social media) and being involved with a range of other activities. We are currently working with Mark to confirm arrangements that will see him remain as part of the KB/Comms team, working part-time from Japan to continue delivering our digital communications.

A/Prof Nikki Thurgate remains in her role as Collaborations and Partnerships Manager, based at the University of Adelaide. Dr Bek Christensen’s current role as Project Coordinator for the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan project wraps up across July/August, and she will then return to her original role as TERN’s Communication and Engagement Manager, coordinating TERN communication activities and internal network communication, and providing some knowledge brokering support where needed.

Please feel free to contact Bek if you’d like to discuss any of these changes.

Published in TERN newsletter June 2014

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