Appendix 3: Prizes and awards

This appendix provides information to support the Annual Performance Statement for Key Activity 1: Funding the highest quality research.

2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science Awards

  • Professor Dayong Jin, University of Technology Sydney—Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for pioneering research in biophotonics and nanotechnology (Director, Industrial Transformation Research Hub, Future Fellow)
  • Professor Eric Reynolds, The University of Melbourne—Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation for pioneering research in dentistry (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Jenny Graves, La Trobe University—Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for pioneering research in evolutionary genetics (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Jian Yang, The University of Queensland—Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year for innovative research improving our understanding of the human genome and inherited genetic traits (Future Fellow).

2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

  • Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, RMIT University—Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher for research into innovative wearable electronic devices (DECRA)
  • Associate Professor Richard Mildren, Macquarie University—Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia for developing diamond-based technology that is capable of radically increasing the power and spectral range of lasers (Chief Investigator)
  • Dr Emilie Ens, Macquarie University—Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science for work leading the Ngukurr Wi Stadi bla Kantri (We Study the Country) Research Team (DECRA)
  • Professor Alan Cooper, The University of Adelaide—UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research for undertaking the Aboriginal Heritage Project, in partnership with Aboriginal families and communities, to reconstruct the map of Indigenous Australia using hair sampling technologies (Australian Laureate Fellow)
  • Professor Andrew Whitehouse, The University of Western Australia—3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science for national and international leadership in autism research (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Elena Ivanova, Swinburne University of Technology—UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for a novel material able to kill the bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Saulius Juodkazis, Swinburne University of Technology—UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for a novel material able to kill the bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Geoffrey Webb, Monash University—University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science for forging new avenues within the field of data science research (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Justin Gooding, The University of New South Wales—University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers for a program of individualised mentorship in bionanotechnology and nanomedicine (Australian Laureate Fellow).

2017 State and Territory Awards

  • Professor Maria Forsyth, Deakin University—Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation—Physical Sciences for her groundbreaking research in electrochemical sciences (Director, Industrial Transformation Training Centre)
  • Professor Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong—NSW Scientist of the Year for his work in medical bionics and energy conversion and storage (Director, ARC Centre of Excellence)
  • Professor James Paton, The University of Adelaide—SA Scientist of the Year for his world-leading research on the causes of infectious diseases (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Svetha Venkatesh, Deakin University—2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women for outstanding leadership, innovation and mentoring within the context of research examining pattern recognition and analysis (Australian Laureate Fellow)
  • Professor Hala Zreiqat, The University of Sydney—2018 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to regenerative medicine and orthopaedic research, and improving opportunities for women (Director, Industrial Transformation Training Centre).

2017 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Australian Capital Territory

  • Dr Dave Pasalich, The Australian National University—for his work developing, implementing and evaluating parenting programs that aim to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and reduce behaviour problems in at-risk children (DECRA).


  • Dr Lee Hickey, The University of Queensland—for work contributing to the development of genetic “speed breeding” technologies to improve plant cultivation processes (DECRA)
  • Dr Indira Prasadam, Queensland University of Technology—for research designed to improve medical responses to osteoarthritis (Chief Investigator)
  • Dr Kirsty Short, The University of Queensland—for work examining the relationship between the severity of flu symptoms and alternative medical conditions (DECRA).

South Australia

  • Dr Laura Weyrich, The University of Adelaide—for work in the field of paleomicrobiology (Future Fellow)
  • Dr Jayakumar Bose, The University of Adelaide—for contributions to the identification of salt-tolerant genes to improve agricultural yields within the context of saline soils (DECRA).


  • Associate Professor Alan Duffy, Swinburne University of Technology—for research utilising supercomputers to examine the astrophysics of dark matter (Chief Investigator)
  • Associate Professor Luke Henderson, Deakin University—for his contributions to the development of improved medical interventions for cancer (Chief Investigator).

Western Australia

  • Dr Monika Murcha, The University of Western Australia—for work contributing to the development of plants with more harvestable products, and increased resilience to changing climates (Future Fellow)
  • Dr Nadim Darwish, Curtin University—for his work within the field of nanotechnology (DECRA).

2018 Australian Academy of Science Awards

  • Professor Douglas MacFarlane, Monash University—David Craig Medal for his work on novel liquid salt compounds (Australian Laureate Fellow)
  • Professor David Cooke, University of Tasmania—Haddon Forrester King Medal for research on the geological, chemical and fluid processes that produce the world’s major copper-gold deposits (Director, Industrial Transformation Research Hub)
  • Professor Matt King, University of Tasmania—Mawson Medal for his research on the functions and threats associated with ice sheet formations (Chief Investigator)
  • Professor Calum John Drummond, RMIT University—Ian Wark Medal for his research on factors governing molecular assembly, and particle and surface interactions in liquids (Chief Investigator)
  • Associate Professor Shanyong Wang, The University of Newcastle—John Booker Medal for his work developing novel computer codes and advanced engineering testing processes (Future Fellow)
  • Dr Ceridwen Fraser, The Australian National University—Fenner Medal for the use of environmental and ecological data to understand biodiversity patterns (Future Fellow)
  • Dr Irina Voineagu, The University of New South Wales—Ruth Stephens Gani Medal for research examining the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders (Future Fellow)
  • Associate Professor Alex Fornito, Monash University—Gottschalk Medal for work examining the relationship between human brain function and mental illness (Future Fellow)
  • Dr Rhodri Davies, The Australian National University—Anton Hales Medal for research improving scientific understandings of solid Earth structure and evolution (Future Fellow)
  • Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth, The University of New South Wales—Dorothy Hill Medal for research examining environmental stressors on reef-building corals (Chief Investigator)
  • Dr Paul Lasky, Monash University—Pawsey Medal for his development of new ways of studying the interiors of neutron stars using their gravitational-wave signatures (Future Fellow)
  • Associate Professor Amir Karton, The University of Western Australia—Le Fèvre Medal for his contribution to the development of quantum chemical methods for highly accurate calculations of chemical properties (Future Fellow).

Other awards and prizes

  • 2018 Global Energy Association Global Energy Prize

Professor Martin Green, The University of New South Wales—for outstanding contribution to research, development and educational activities in the field of photovoltaics (Chief Investigator)

  • 2018 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Batterham Medal

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, RMIT University—for pioneering work to develop oxide-based flexible electronics (DECRA)

  • 2017 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Western Australia—for important community engagement with the Kalbarri Development Association to create the Zest Festival

  • 2017 Australian Institute of Physics Walter Boas Medal

Professor David McClelland, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, The Australian National University—for outstanding contribution to the landmark observation of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Chief Investigator)

  • 2017 Cronin Award for Early Achievement by the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (International)

Dr Damien Maher, Southern Cross University—for work examining carbon cycling within coastal zones (DECRA)

  • 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

Professor Matthew England, The University of New South Wales—for his contribution to understanding the climatic and environmental influence of the Southern Ocean on Antarctica, and its role within global climatic systems (Chief Investigator).