John and Kerry Lovering support new Master of Earth Sciences Scholarship

Friday 16 September 2016

We want the student to add to the sum of knowledge and understanding of this precious planet of ours

John and Kerry Lovering

RSES is delighted to announce the establishment of the John and Kerry Lovering Scholarship for the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced).

John and Kerry Lovering hope to inspire a student to follow their passion for Earth sciences.

“ We live on this planet we call Earth and it is very important for us to understand the sensitivities of our use of resources, our need for food supply and making sure we look after the climate,” says John.

“We are very keen to have women and men study the Earth Sciences because it is basic to the development of the Solar System and the development of the Earth within the Solar System,” says Kerry.

Professor John Lovering AO, FAA, FTSE began his academic career at the ANU. He returned from USA to Australia in 1956 as a research fellow (1956‐60), then fellow (1960‐64), and finally senior fellow (1964‐69) in Geophysics and Geochemistry at the ANU. This was the start of a distinguished career including the study of meteorites, moon rock and Antarctic research. From 1975 ‐1987 Professor Lovering was head of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, before becoming Dean of Science and Deputy Vice‐Chancellor (Research). In 1987 the Loverings moved to Adelaide where Professor Lovering became Vice‐Chancellor of Flinders University (1987 ‐1995) and later President of the Murray‐ Darling Basin Commission (1994‐1999).

After graduating with a BSc(Hons) from University of Sydney, Ms Kerry Lovering OAM began her career as a geologist in what was a very male dominated industry. Ms Lovering has been a lifelong activist for women’s rights including convening the Women’s Electoral Lobby. She has held many positions in an active career including public service, academia and serving on local councils. Ms Lovering is a graduate of Sydney University, University of California, Los Angeles, Monash University, and the University of Melbourne.

John and Kerry look back on these experiences with gratitude and hope that their scholarship will spark a student’s own rewarding journey in Earth sciences.  

 “We want the student to add to the sum of knowledge and understanding of this precious planet of ours.”

2017 Applications are now open

Donate to this scholarship and support the next generation of earth scientists. 

With thanks to Dale Druhan (Marketing and Communications,Science) for interviewing John and Kerry Lovering

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