Dr Pratiksha Srivastava
Dr Pratiksha Srivastava is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain. She completed her PhD at the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research focus is on microbe-electrode interaction for the development of sustainable technologies. She has made a major contribution to the development of electrode-dependent anaerobic ammonium oxidation in constructed wetlands coupled with microbial electrochemical technology. This research gained considerable attention among scientists. Her sustainability research led to the prestigious Green Talent Award from the German Federal Ministry in 2017. She has also been awarded a Nuffic Fellowship, from the Netherlands, and many other competitive national and international grants. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles.
“Electron exchange between living and non-living things for developing sustainability in the environment”
The energy for all life forms comes from the flow of electrons in energetically favourable pairings of oxidation and reduction reactions. Although most living organisms use soluble oxidants and reductants, some microbes can access solid-phase materials as electron-acceptors or donors via extracellular microbial electron transfer. A better understanding of extracellular microbial electron transfer can lead us to further technological applications such as an efficient wastewater treatment, electricity generation, bioelectronics, biochemical production, detoxification of harmful compounds, and biofuels generation for achieving sustainability in the environment.
Dr Rhondda Waterworth
Dr Rhondda Waterworth is an Australian lawyer and psychologist. She has 14 years’ experience working with families, teenagers and children, in government funded health services, and in private practice. She has spent at least five years working with dangerous offenders.
Rhondda completed a PhD in the Schools of Psychology and Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania in therapeutic jurisprudence and ways in which the courts and magistrates can be more effective therapeutically within courtrooms to prevent reoffending.
She is the author of several articles on magistrate interventions and the use of health and legal systems to intervene for offending behaviour for those with mental health problems, trauma. She has also published articles on opportunities and techniques for applying therapeutic jurisprudence in criminal courts. One of these has been incorporated into a handbook for magistrates.
Rhondda is currently resident in France and works in private practice as well as lecturing at the Catholic University of Lyon.
“The therapeutic potential of magistrates and court systems”
The complex interface between health and legal systems is constantly on display in courtrooms. Magistrate behaviour and courtroom interactions have the potential to significantly affect outcomes for offenders and the wider community. This influence is especially strong for offenders experiencing mental illness, social disadvantage, drug addiction, or other endemic social problems. Insightful courtcraft can transform magistrate roles so they become drivers for therapeutic change. This approach requires identifying desirable magistrate behaviours and incorporating those behaviours in magistrate training.