17 October 2019

ARC-funded researchers recognised at PM’s Prizes for Science

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, congratulates the recipients of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, including many whose outstanding research has received funding support from the Australian Government through the ARC.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, awarded annually, are considered amongst Australia’s most esteemed awards to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

“On behalf of the ARC, I extend congratulations to all recipients, recognised for their extraordinary contributions to Australian research and innovation, and for the impact that their research endeavours is creating,” said Professor Thomas.

In particular, Professor Thomas extended congratulations to:

  • Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger from The University of Western Australia, who has received the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for her significant contributions to the field of mathematics. The ARC is proud to have supported her research through the ARC Discovery Projects and Federation Fellowships schemes. 
  • Associate Professor Peter Czabotar and research team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute who received the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation for their roles in the invention and development of Venetoclax, an effective breakthrough anti-cancer drug. The ARC is proud to have supported Associate Professor Czabotar’s research through the ARC Future Fellowships and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth New from The University of Sydney who has received the 2019 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for pioneering the development of new chemical imaging tools to observe the chemistry of healthy and diseased cells. The ARC is proud to have supported her research through the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Associate Professor Laura Mackay from The University of Melbourne who has received the 2019 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year for identifying a novel population of immune cells that provide critical immune protection against infection and cancer. Associate Professor Mackay was also recognised in the 2019 Eureka Prizes, receiving the 2019 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher. The ARC is proud to have supported her research through the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award scheme.

“All of the researchers recognised in these awards have made outstanding contributions to Australian research and science, delivering crucial outcomes and areas of national importance.

“I am delighted that these ARC-funded researchers have received these prestigious awards and pleased that the ARC has supported their ground-breaking research.” 

For more information about all 2019 prize winners, visit the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science website. For more information about ARC funding schemes, visit the ARC website

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ARC Stakeholder Relations, 0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au