Eureka Prize winners announced

The Australian Museum has hosted its annual Eureka Prizes night, giving awards to 16 of Australia’s leading scientists and science communicators at a gala dinner in Sydney.

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The prizes, billed as “the most comprehensive national science awards,” were presented for outstanding contributions to Australian science, international collaboration and rural innovation, The Australian Museum said in a statement.

2015 EUREKA PRIZE WINNERS:

* NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research

– IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team, University of New South Wales, for development of the ‘red list’ global standard for assessing environmental threats

* Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration

– Dacheng Tao, University of Technology Sydney, for multi-dimensional mathematical techniques that allow computer software to pick out patterns from a huge cloud of data

* Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research

– Marc Pellegrini and Greg Ebert, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, for development of an innovative new hepatitis B treatment

* ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology

– Martin Belusko and Steven Tay, University of South Australia, for their invention of an energy-storage system based on fast-melting salts that could allow solar and wind power to generate a much larger slice of Australia’s electricity

* Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher

– Michael Biercuk, University of Sydney, for development of early, concrete benefits in the emerging field of quantum computing

* University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research

– Peter Currie and Phong Nguyen, Monash University, and Georgina Hollway, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, for unlocking a mechanism that produces stem cells in blood

* Defence Science and Technology Group Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia

– Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, for the Secure Communications System for military and government

* University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

– Super Dots team, Dayong Jin, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University, Tanya Monro University of South Australia and University of Adelaide, and Bradley Walsh Minomic International and Macquarie University, for creation and use of nanocrystals that can illuminate hidden diseased cells in a living body

* Rural Research and Development Corporations Eureka Prize for Rural Innovation

– David Raftos, Macquarie University, for his work in breeding disease-resistant oysters that are also more resilient to climate change

* 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science

– Phillip Urquijo, University of Melbourne, for recognition of his leadership on the Belle II international particle-accelerator experiment in Japan

* CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

– Michelle Simmons, University of New South Wales, for work that has positioned Australia at the forefront of quantum computing

* University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

– Marilyn Renfree, University of Melbourne, for mentoring and leadership

* Department of Industry and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research

– Emma Johnston, University of New South Wales, for educating the public and policy makers about marine science

* New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography

– Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum, for image of coral

* University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Primary

– Georgi Souyave-Murphy and Ella Woods, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Queensland, for their short film which explains the science behind the unpleasant effect that onions have on our eyes

* University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Secondary

– Paige Bebee, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Victoria, for the film The Secret of the Appendix, which explains the little-known organ and busts a few myths about its purpose in our body

Source: Australian Museum 26/08/2015