1 September 2016

ARC-funded researchers take top honours at Eureka Prizes


Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Aidan Byrne, has congratulated the winners of the 2016 Eureka Prizes. 

The annual Eureka Prizes, presented by the Australian Museum, showcase the very best of Australian science in the four areas of: scientific research and innovation; science leadership; science communication and journalism; and school science.

Professor Byrne extended special congratulations on behalf of the ARC to a number of recipients who have been supported by the ARC in their research endeavours:

  • Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Gordon Wallace, Centre Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at University of Wollongong, received the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.
  • ARC-funded researcher, Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at Macquarie University, and her research partner received the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.
  • ARC-funded researcher, Professor Ross Large, and his team from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits at University of Tasmania, received the UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research for the Trace Elements in Past Oceans (TEPO) project, along with collaborating institutions.
  • ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Leann Tilley, and her team from The University of Melbourne, which includes ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor James McCaw, received the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.
  • Australian Laureate Fellow, Associate Professor Philip Bland, and his team from Curtin University, received the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science for their Fireballs in the Sky project.
  • ARC Future Fellow, Dr Peter Czabotar, and fellow researchers from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, were awarded the Johnson & Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research.
  • ARC-funded researcher, Associate Professor Sharath Sriram from RMIT University, received the 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science.
  • ARC-funded researcher, Professor Patricia Davidson from the University of Technology Sydney, received the University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.
  • ARC-funded researcher, Professor Alistair Forrest, is scientific coordinator of the FANTOM5 (Functional Annotation of the mammalian genome) which received the Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration. 

“All of these researchers—indeed all of the finalists—are making remarkable contributions towards the advancement of science and research in Australia, and I am delighted that their efforts are being recognised with these awards,” said Professor Byrne.

For more information about all 2016 prize winners, visit the Australian Museum’s Eureka Prizes website. For more information about ARC funding schemes, visit the ARC website.

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