Professor Harvey Millar named WA Scientist of the Year—15 August 2017

Professor Harvey Millar, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and a Professor at The University of Western Australia’s School of Molecular Sciences has been named Western Australia’s Scientist of the Year. The announcement was made by Premier Mark McGowan at the WA Premier’s Science Awards ceremony.

With a team at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, Professor Millar is working to improve the energy efficiency of plants.

“I have a team that has made progress, has built the know-how and the collaborations to engineer energy efficient plants for the future. This is something that we are really dedicated to and the opportunities that this will raise for us in the future,” said Professor Millar.

Professor Millar is a plant protein biochemist, whose focus is on the function of proteins that enhance the energy efficiency of plants in harsh environments.

“I work on proteins in plants. Why proteins? Because it is the little things that make big things grow. Our future bio-economy will see the use of plants, not just as food, but as sustainable resources for new industries. I hope there is a desire in Western Australia to engage in the science because of what it can achieve for the future,” said Professor Millar.

In an unprecedented decision, two WA scientists were named 2017 Scientist of the Year. Professor Millar was named a joint winner alongside Professor Christobel Saunders.

Premier Mark McGowan said of the winners, "Professors Millar and Saunders both embody the very best of Western Australian aptitude and innovation, and have national leadership roles in their respective fields of plant science, and cancer research and treatment”.

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Image: Professor Millar and the team.
Image credit: James Campbell.

Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017