Why I became a Chartered Scientist - Tracey Dunford

Natural Resources Wales lead specialist planner Tracey Dunford MCIWEM C.WEM CEnv CSci shares with us why she became a Chartered Scientist with CIWEM

Why did you decide to apply for Chartered Scientist (CSci)?

I applied for CSci a few years ago to be part of a wider scientific community that would share experience and knowledge. I also wanted to build upon my master’s and work that I carried out within water resources. The Chartered Scientist registration gives me recognition for my achievements.

How has Chartered Scientist status made an impact on your work or career?

I work for an evidence-based organisation. Being Chartered certainly helped to demonstrate my ability to use data and scientific knowledge within my specialism to my organisation and others that I influence within the water industry. I’ve also been key advising on water industry research within water resources planning. Being Chartered certainly helps demonstrate my professionalism.

What did learn through completing the application process?

Through the application process and the annual validation of CSci – I’ve learned that it is important to remain up to date with all the latest methods and research so that I’m not out of touch with current thinking within my specialism. It’s important to have an up to date continuing professional development (CPD) plan.

What do you value most from being a member of your professional body?

I value being part of a wider community of my fellow peers and being able to access resources through membership to the Science Council.

What would you say to any other scientist like yourself who is thinking about becoming a Chartered Scientist?

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to apply. If you’re regularly using data and evidence within your field or influencing and leading on development of specialist knowledge to improve methods, policy, and legislation within your specialism – do not be afraid to apply.

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