World Engagement



Graduates of the program have extensive engagement with industry, government, and private enterprise. This is achieved through interactive seminars, work-integrated internships, applied research projects with partner organisations, and numerous networking events and opportunities.

Our Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB)

We are supported by a highly experienced Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB), comprised of representatives from industry, local government and not-for-profit sectors. Several of the board members are alumni. The CIAB provides relevant, real-world experience to ensure that the program is designed to get the best outcomes for our students.

Our Teaching Team

Our academic teaching team use innovative approaches to integrate the experiences of industry, local government and not-for-profit representatives into the classroom by running panel discussions and hypothetical discussions – an opportunity to connect with experts in the sustainability and environment space.  Academics also provide leadership in a number of key sustainability forums such as the Sustainability Executive, and continually engage with industry and local government via research project supervision and collaborative projects.

Our Impact

The OEP is involved in organising a number of sustainability-focused events, including World Environment Day and Science Week, connecting with staff, students, student groups, and external stakeholders, providing a forum to share best practice.  Our award ceremonies bring together high achieving students with high-profile donors and OEP Alumni are vocal ambassadors for the program, participating in expo events and webinars and featuring in our marketing material.

We also compile a list of tips from our staff and students about leading sustainable households, workplaces, and communities.

If you would like to connect with the OEP, please contact us

Community and Industry Advisory Board Members

Ben Furmage

General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Melbourne Water

Prof. John McKenzie, AM

Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the GEP, former Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne.

Stuart McConnell

General Manager - Infrastructure and Development Services, Murrindindi Shire Council

Dr Chris Mitchell

Managing Director at Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd

Prof. Brendan Gleeson

Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Prof. Aleks Owczarek

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science

Dr Turlough Guerin

Science Editor, Australian Institute of Agriculture

Terence Jeyaretnam

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services & EY Indigenous Reconciliation Leader (Ernst and Young)

Alison Stoakley

EWB Challenge Program Coordinator, Engineers Without Borders Australia