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.



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 Andre Taylor

André’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. He 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/

Misko Ivezich

Misko is an environmental engineer with core interests and skills in the complex interactions between hydrology, hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology. Misko has strong geomorphic field assessment skills having inspected hundreds of waterways across eastern Australia. In addition he is highly proficient in terrain, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling. The combination of his on ground experience and modelling expertise means he has an innate ability to understand how changes in processes, from the local scale to the catchment scale, will impact the condition and trajectory of rivers. Following widespread flooding in both south-east Queensland and north-east Victoria in recent years Misko has worked on a range of projects assessing the causes of channel change. Much of this work has focused on assessing the roles previous restoration works and riparian vegetation played in exacerbating or limiting stream stability. Consequently, as a river restoration designer he couples analytical engineering theory with his experiences of what has previously worked to increase stream stability. Misko also has a keen interest in advancing stream restoration science having authored or co-authored three papers at the recent Australian Stream Management Conference.