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Opportunity for Oz Uni Students to join Eco-Minds 2007
Nov 1st, 2006 - 08:28:49
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Australian students called on to shape environmental future
Three Australian university students have the opportunity to become
environmental ambassadors and win a trip to attend the second bi-
ennial Eco-Minds youth forum for sustainable development, which will
be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 31 May- 3 June 2007.
The Bayer Eco-Minds program is an initiative resulting from a unique
partnership between the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)
and Bayer. The program aims to foster awareness and knowledge of
environmental issues amongst youth in the Asia Pacific region, by
providing opportunities for cross cultural activities and knowledge
sharing on sustainable development.
According to Sam Howard, Managing Director, Bayer Australia and New
Zealand, "The Eco-Minds Challenge encourages students across all
disciplines to think of creative and practical uses of science and
technology to help solve emerging environmental issues."
"The challenge of sustainable development for future generations is
how to put it into practice. Eco-Minds provides an excellent
opportunity for young Australians to get actively involved and learn
from world-renowned sustainable development speakers. Working with
fellow students in the region these young ambassadors will help shape
our environmental future," said Mr Howard.
Last year=B4s winners included environmental management, science and
architecture students: Leyla Acaroglu (RMIT); Alison Hamilton
(University of Western Sydney); Kristy Swan (University of New South
Wales); Kim Markwell (Griffith University - Queensland).
The students, who attended the inaugural event in the Philippines,
all said the forum was invaluable for learning about sustainable
development and sharing ideas with students from other nations.
Environmental Science student Leyla Acaroglu was selected to attend
the inaugural event last year and encourages university students from
all areas of study to apply, especially those who feel they wouldn=B4t
"You never really know how many skills and experiences you have to
offer until you have to write them down and present them to someone
else! Students should definitely apply for Eco-Minds if they want an
amazing experience that will help them develop their leadership
skills, expand their knowledge of sustainable development, meet
amazing and inspiring people and experience and learn from different
cultures," said Leyla Acaroglu.
The University of Western Sydney has endorsed the Eco-Minds Challenge
and according to the University's Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor
Tong Wu the competition provides a unique learning opportunity for
"Students will not only gain real world exposure to issues and case
studies by leading environmental experts but will also become part of
special UNEP youth network. This is a unique experience which will
certainly help launch any new career."
According to Mr Howard, "Bayer places great emphasis on promoting
science for a better life. Supporting youth forums such as Eco-Minds
is a major focus of Bayer's social commitment and forms part of our
three-year partnership with UNEP as the 'Official Partner for Youth
and the Environment'".
The competition is open to university students aged 18-24 years from
the fields of natural sciences, engineering, technology, social
sciences, commerce, management and law. Delegates from Thailand,
Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Indonesia,
Thailand, China and Korea will attend.
For entry details and application forms, students need to visit
www.eco-minds.com.au or contact the Australian Eco-Minds Co-ordinator
on 02 9678 7257. Entries close on Friday 30th March 2007.
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