RiverAcademy is designed for you - a future environmental leader

RiverAcademy is an interactive learning platform designed for those who want to become leaders in their field. RiverAcademy will expand your knowledge and enable you to be recognised for having that knowledge in the form of a verifiable digital credential, also known as a digital badge.

What is a Digital Badge?

A fresh way to showcase your skills and achievement.

Digital badges are like super-powered stickers, displaying a validated achievement or skill that can be showcased on your LinkedIn profile or CV. Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.

Why Enrol?

Join us today at RiverAcademy

  • Learn from experts in their fields from across the globe.

  • Engage with like minded professionals in our inclusive, online course communities.

  • Enhance your profile or CV - share and display your credentials across various social media platforms and have them verified in real-time.

  • Discover or be discovered on the Digital Badge platform and connect to opportunities.

Resilient Rivers Badge Pathway

Follow our Resilient Rivers pathway or create your own - the choice is yours!

  • Online Course

    Complete the Resilient Rivers and Leadership courses, in addition to one course of your choice. On the completion of the three courses you will be awarded the River Steward Badge and will be eligible for the mentor program.

  • Mentor Program

    The mentor program is all about unlocking your potential to maximise your performance and impact for the river basins you work with. This can be done through a face-to-face program or via e-mentoring online. The River Guardian badge will be awarded after a minimum of 10 hours in the program is completed.

  • River Challenge or Project

    The final step is to learn by taking part in an actionable project or a river challenge such as a bankable project or a twinning project. Once all three stages (online course, mentor program, and river challenge) have been completed, the final River Leader badge is awarded.

Enrolment Open Now

RiverAcademy's official enrolment period open today for a short time only, submit your email to be notified for all the latest updates!



Prof Bill Dennison

Bill leads the Integration and Application Network, a collection of scientists interested in solving, not just studying, environmental problems. He is actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program, USA and had an active role in the Healthy Waterways Campaign of South-East Queensland, Australia. In his current role as Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, his focus is on developing ways to effectively communicate science and to create credible and rigorous environmental report cards. https://www.umces.edu/bill-dennison


Dr André Taylor

Dr André Taylor's personal mission is to help leaders to fulfill their potential and enable positive change through leadership development, team development and facilitation work. He is a leadership development specialist, sustainability and water practitioner, educator, coach and facilitator. Dr André Taylor has worked in the water and waterway sector for most of his 27 year career. Over this time, he has worked in consultancies, local government, state government and in academia. https://watercentre.org/about/our-people/andre-taylor/


Dr Eva Abal

Dr Abal is the CEO of the International River Foundation after years of experience with the University of Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership (now Healthy Land and Water) and more recently as Strategic Projects and Partnerships Adviser of the International WaterCentre. Eva sits on a number of independent expert/advisory panels such as for the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Plan, Healthy Land and Water, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, Greening Australia and Gold Coast Water. Eva’s passion and commitment in integrated water resources management in the Asia Pacific region is evidenced in her being one of the authors of the Asian Development Outlook 2011 and 2016, which chart progress towards water security in the region.