Rachelle Bissett-Amess (Australia), Cohort I (2005-2007)

Rachelle Bissett-Amess (Australia), Cohort I (2005-2007)

I am Australian and have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Chemistry. My professional experience includes environmental regulation working mainly for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in the area of contaminated land management. I have a particular interest in the fate of chemicals in the environment; the affects of contamination on the environment and human health; and the fundamental link between environment protection and human rights. My experience working in environmental regulation has been that sustainability issues are increasingly talked about but are not well integrated into policy decisions. As sustainability becomes more important to our society, it should become both practical and implementable. The focus that the MESPOM program places on sustainable development particularly appeals to me for this reason. Our class of 50 students is represented by 30 different nations and the experience of studying with such a mixed group of international students is amazing. Every issue that we discuss instantly has a global context and I know that I've already made friends here that I'll treasure for the rest of my life. But don't be fooled: the work load is intense and expectations high * but we still find time to explore Budapest, the hot baths and the tokaj!