Frank Fisher Memorial Internship

frank-fisher-smallThe Frank Fisher Memorial Internship was created in 2013 to recognize the lifetime commitment of Frank Fisher to sustainable initiatives and sustainability education, and to provide an opportunity for a creative-thinking student or recent graduate to gain valuable work experience with the aim of germinating a career in sustainability. The internship is filled on an annual basis, subject to funding.

Professor Frank Fisher was a lifelong advocate of sustainability, committed to social transformation, sustainability education and innovation. Professor Fisher was known for his ability to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of accepted wisdom within the sustainability field.

In 2007 Professor Fisher was named the Inaugural Australian Environmental Educator of the Year, in recognition of over three decades environmental science education. He spent eight years as Professor of Sustainability at the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University of Technology, and prior to that was Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University for over 25 years. Professor Fisher was also known for his commuter cyclist courses to improve road safety for city cyclists.

Professor Fisher initiated the first inland wind farm in Victoria at Challicum Hills in 2003. With 35 turbines it was the largest wind farm in Australia when completed. In 2005 he founded the Understandascope, a new centre for sustainability thinking and practice.

Professor Fisher was the first lifetime member of MEFL and a longtime supporter of MEFL’s objectives and projects.