Defending Australia’s snakes and lizards
Northern Australia’s peak predators—snakes and lizards—are more likely to survive the cane-toad invasion thanks to the work of Professor Richard Shine. [click to continue…]
Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
The 2018 winners were announced at a prize ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday 17 October.
Media materials for the PM’s Prize winners are available below. Contact Niall on 0417 131 977 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange interviews with the winners.
Read more about the history of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and all past recipients at the Australian Government’s Science website.
Global stock markets are fairer and more efficient thanks to the work of Professor Michael Aitken. Now he’s applying his information technology and markets know-how to improve health, mortgage, and other markets. He says there are billions of dollars of potential savings in health expenditure in Australia alone, that can go hand in glove with significant improvements in consumers’ health. [click to continue…]
Dr Colin Hall and his colleagues have created a new manufacturing process that will allow manufacturers to replace components made from traditional materials like glass, in cars, aircraft, spacecraft, and even whitegoods—making them lighter and more efficient. [click to continue…]
Richard Payne makes peptides and proteins. He sees an interesting peptide or protein in nature, say in a blood-sucking tick. Then he uses chemistry to recreate and re-engineer the molecule to create powerful new drugs, such as anti-clotting agents needed to treat stroke. [click to continue…]
What is the value of the services that ecosystems provide—services such as clean air, water, food, and tourism? And what are the most effective ways to protect ecosystems? Where will governments get the best return on their investment in the environment? These questions are central to the work of Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson. [click to continue…]
Geoscientist Suzy Urbaniak combined her two loves—science and education—by becoming a science teacher 30 years after finishing high school. But she couldn’t believe it when she saw how little the teaching styles had changed over the years. [click to continue…]
Announced Wednesday 21 October 2015
Prizes were announced at a press call: 12.30 pm Wednesday 21 October 2015, Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra with the winners, and the Chief Scientist.
Dinner: from 7 pm 21 October, Great Hall Parliament House
The winners are:
Read on for more about the 2015 winners.
22 October 2015
Parliament House, Canberra
Address to Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science Dinner | Prime Minister of Australia
A/Prof Cyrille Boyer
Cyrille Boyer uses light to make new and complex polymers.
It’s the latest in a series of techniques that have enabled him to create materials which are being applied in areas as widespread as non-stick coatings, anti-fouling technology, precision drug delivery, medical diagnosis and imaging. [click to continue…]
Fifteen years ago Casula High School was just an average state school in Sydney’s south-western suburbs with just eight students doing science at year 12. But something extraordinary has happened. Two-thirds of Year 11 and 12 students now choose science subjects and they are performing well above the state average. [click to continue…]
Fifteen years ago Rebecca Johnson, from Windaroo State School, initiated a new method for teaching science more effectively in primary schools without costing the government anything extra. [click to continue…]
21 October 2015
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP