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LINDA ANNE STEVENSON
Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research
PhD in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (1997)
In thirteen years in a senior position with the APN Secretariat, I have worked closely with scientists and scientific institutions in academia and have equally worked closely with environmental education and science departments and ministries within APN’s member governments. In Japan, I liaise with the Ministry of the Environment Japan (MoEJ), and Hyogo Prefectural Government, the host to the APN Secretariat. My work with Hyogo Government includes the joint organisation of co-sponsored APN/Hyogo events, mainly for the general public and other interested parties, in the Prefecture.
One of my primary tasks as Head of Communication and Scientific Affairs is managing the APN’s research and capacity building/development programmes, which includes overseeing up to seventy national and regional-level projects annually across a broad range of disciplines. Line-managing around 5 members of staff, this work requires strong management capability, in particular the ability to multi-task and prioritise the various tasks involved.
As a key member of the APN Climate Committee, who recently published a synthesis report for scientists and decision-makers and published an academic book (targeted for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report), I planned and coordinated committee activities and was responsible for and editing a number of key chapters, addressing important subjects such as climate change and variability, impacts and extreme events, vulnerability assessments, adaptation, mitigation, green growth and climate policy and outreach. An academic book published in Springer’s Series “Advances in Global Change Research” was released recently (see citation below). The APN’s Climate Adaptation Framework, a multi-year, multi-million dollar activity was launched in April 2013 and is headed by myself.
Developing and maintaining communications skills has been and is a crucial task for networking regularly with scientists, end-users and decision-makers at local, provincial/municipal, national and regional levels. I work closely with international agencies such as ASEAN, UNESCAP, UNFCCC, UNU/IAS, UNU/ISP, etc., and was on the organising committee member of the Eminent Scientists’ Symposium at the UNESCAP 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development (MCED), Seoul, Korea, 2005 as well as the UNFCCC Scientific & Technical committee for a science-policy dialogue held in Bonn, Germany in 2011 that engaged government officials and leading scientific institutions from around the world on how to better inform science results to the policy community.
I am currently the Executive Editor of the quarterly APN newsletter, which has an electronic audience of approximately 2,000 subscribers. I also regularly write, edit and publish technical reports, proceedings and policy-briefs and, as such, my computer skills are medium to high level, particularly in MS Office and Adobe Suites.
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