Research & Innovation

NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Environmental Research

Blue Carbon Horizons Team

University of Wollongong; Macquarie University; and ANSTO


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Environmental Research Blue Carbon Horizons Team University of Wollongong, Macquarie University and ANSTO Image: Paul Jones
© University of Wollongong

Coastal wetlands are efficient natural systems in the trapping of carbon dioxide. The Blue Carbon Horizons Team has shown that the capacity of coastal wetlands to store carbon will substantially increase with sea level rise, providing a counter to global warming. Working alongside government, the team’s research is being used to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.



National Coral Bleaching Taskforce

James Cook University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Environmental Research National Coral Bleaching Taskforce Scientist measures coral mortality following bleaching on the Northern Great Barrier Reef. Image: Tane Sinclair-Taylor
© James Cook University

In response to unprecedented coral bleaching caused by global warming, the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce was established to coordinate the world’s largest survey of reef health. Collected throughout 2016 and 2017, the results led to major new discoveries, international media attention and an increase in reef protection measures.



Weed Futures

Macquarie University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Environmental Research Weed Futures team - Professor Lesley Hughes & Professor Michelle Leishman Image: Joanne Stephan
© Macquarie University

Introduced invasive plants threaten Australia’s unique landscapes and biodiversity. The Weed Futures project provides a powerful science-based decision-making tool for natural resource managers to help tackle the threat to Australia’s biodiversity from exotic plants under present and future climates.




University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science

Professor Longbing Cao

University of Technology Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science Professor Longbing Cao Image: Baro Lee
© University of Technology Sydney

Professor Longbing Cao is a global leader in data science research, education and innovation. He has developed cutting-edge theories and systems to analyse real-life complex data for smarter business transformation. His work has enabled more efficient, active and tailored debt recovery and payment collection practices, producing significant socio-economic benefits to Australia.



DST ATHENA Team

Defence Science and Technology Group


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science DST ATHENA Team Image: Supplied
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A major challenge for national security is ensuring that trained personnel are available when required to operate aircraft, ships and submarines. Using data science algorithms and models to analyse billions of data points and simulate decades of complex operations, the DST ATHENA Team has solved this challenge.




UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

Dental Detectives

Griffith University and Australian National University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research Dental Detectives Professor Tanya Smith of Griffith University with an iconic young Neanderthal skull. Tiny time lines in fossil teeth provide faithful clocks for reconstructing ancient climates on a weekly scale over several years. Image: Jeffrey Camden
© Griffith University

By integrating cutting-edge approaches from anthropology, geochemistry and oral biology, the Dental Detectives provide unprecedented insight into prehistoric humans. Recent examination of fossilised teeth in 250,000 year-old Neanderthal children from France revealed extreme seasonal temperature variation, as well as illnesses, insights into nursing behaviour and unexplainable lead exposure.



DiNeMo

CSIRO


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research DiNeMo team Image: Supplied
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DiNeMo (Disease Networks and Mobility) is a real-time surveillance system for human infectious diseases, such as dengue. By combining expertise, data and methods from epidemiology, transport engineering, biosecurity and data science, DiNeMo enables hospitals and biosecurity agencies to predict when and where a disease outbreak is likely to occur, enabling efficient diagnosis and treatment.



Endovascular Bionics Laboratory

University of Melbourne and Synchron Inc.


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research Endovascular Bionics Laboratory Image: Supplied
© University of Melbourne and Synchron Inc

Skilfully bringing together a wide variety of disciplines, Synchron and the Endovascular Bionics Laboratory have developed a technology with the potential to restore mobility to people with paralysis. The innovation enables control of external equipment via a Stentrode – a safe and efficacious way to access the brain via blood vessels.




Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research

ACT Now for Tuberculosis Control

UNSW and University of Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research ACT Now for Tuberculosis Control - team photo Image: Supplied
© UNSW and University of Sydney

Tuberculosis is the leading infectious disease killer in the world, yet one third of cases are not diagnosed, posing a major barrier to its control. Using innovative screening techniques in robustly-designed clinical trials, the ACT Now for Tuberculosis Control team has made major advances that promise to transform global efforts to eliminate the disease.



Strep Genomics Team

University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research Strep Genomics Team - Mark Davies Image: Supplied
© University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland

Streptococcal pathogens are major causes of global morbidity and mortality. The Strep Genomics Team has used cutting-edge genomic approaches to gain an enhanced understanding of pathogen biology, and evolution of scarlet fever and other infections. The team’s research has led to changes in the management of infections and informed vaccine design.



Vivax Malaria Research Team

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research Vivax Malaria Research Team - field shot Image: Supplied
© Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Infecting over 200 million people annually, malaria is a significant global health threat. The Vivax Malaria Research Team is focused on tackling the world’s most widespread malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax. Through combined expertise in structural biology, immuno-epidemiology and mathematical modelling, they are working to develop new diagnostics and vaccine candidates to eliminate malaria.




ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology

Professor Frank Bruno, Associate Professor Martin Belusko, Julian Hudson, Dr Alemu Alemu and Raymond Liddle

University of South Australia and Glaciem Pty Ltd


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology Associate Professor Martin Belusko (UniSA), Dr Alemu Alemu (UniSA), Julian Hudson (Glaciem Cooling Technologies), Professor Frank Bruno, Raymond Liddle (UniSA). Image: Supplied
© University of South Australia and Glaciem Pty Ltd

By combining dew point evaporative cooling technology with CO2 refrigeration and smart controls, Professor Frank Bruno and his team have developed the world’s most energy-efficient air-cooled CO2 refrigeration system for use in hot climates. This will enable the uptake of environmentally-friendly low-cost nontoxic CO2 refrigerant in warm and hot climates globally, reducing electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions.



Infrastructure Robotics Research Team

University of Technology Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology Infrastructure Robotics Research Team Photo credit Baro Lee Image: Baro Lee
© University of Technology Sydney

Maintaining critical civil infrastructure has traditionally been labour intensive, hazardous and difficult. Working alongside industry partners, the Infrastructure Robotics Research Team has created and applied world-first robotics solutions that have transformed how the Sydney Harbour Bridge, underground water and sewer pipes, and other critical pieces of infrastructure are maintained.



Professor Hala Zreiqat

University of Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology Professor Hala Zreiqat in her biomedical engineering lab. Image: Supplied
© University of Sydney

Professor Hala Zreiqat and her team have developed the world’s first synthetic biomaterials capable of healing large bone defects, even in load-bearing positions like the spine or lower limbs. Using mathematical modelling techniques and customised 3D-printing technology, they have also developed the capabilities to print these strong, bioactive and bioresorbable biomaterials in any size or shape.




Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher

Associate Professor Laura Mackay

University of Melbourne


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher Associate Professor Laura Mackay Image: Supplied
© University of Melbourne

Widely regarded as a leader in the field of immunological memory, Associate Professor Laura Mackay has discovered that a novel population of immune cells, called tissue-resident T cells, are critical for immune protection against infection and cancer. Harnessing these cells will be key for the development of new immunotherapeutic strategies against disease.



Dr Qilin Wang

University of Technology Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher Dr Qilin Wang's technology would represent a revolutionary change to the century-old sewage treatment practice, and save taxpayers approximately $100 million per year by reducing the financial burden of sewage treatment. Photo taken in Environmental Engineering Laboratories at UTS. Image: Baro Lee
© University of Technology Sydney

Dr Qilin Wang has invented an environmentally friendly “closed-loop” technology to transform costly, energy-consuming sewage treatment plants into energy producers. This sustainable technology, which is undergoing commercialisation globally, could provide significant energy, economic, environmental and social benefits in Australia, and around the world.



Dr Jiajia Zhou

University of Technology Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher Dr Jiajia Zhou discovered that the thermal field can turn on the unusual photon conversion process from the dark state into a highly emissive state. This opens the door to the development of high-efficiency optoelectronics devices, brighter biomolecular probes, novel security inks, and exquisitely sensitive nanoscale thermometers. Photo taken in IBMD office, UTS. Image: Leo Zhang
© University of Technology Sydney

Disease diagnosis, manufacturing, solar energy harvesting and fraud prevention could all benefit from the discoveries made by Dr Jiajia Zhou’s research. Her work has resulted in the solution of a significant physics problem by using the typically inactive surface of a nanomaterial to convert infrared light into bright visible light.




Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia

The Broad Spectrum Respiratory Canister Team

CSIRO; Defence Science Technology and Group; Monash University; and Spectrum Innovation Pty Ltd


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Defence, Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia The Broad Spectrum Respiratory Canister Team Image: Supplied
© CSIRO and Monash University, Defence Science and Technology Group, Spectrum Innovation Pty Ltd

This collaborative project has led to the development of new respirator canister technology that can protect military personnel from weaponised toxic chemical gases and vapours. This offers a step change from existing technology which sometimes provides only minimal protection, giving soldiers a greater chance to safely complete their mission.



Team GreyScan

University of Tasmania and Grey Innovation


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Defence, Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia Team GreyScan Image: Supplied
© University of Tasmania

Readily available inorganic compounds are increasingly being used in home-made explosive devices. GreyScan is the world’s first trace detection device that can identify inorganic explosives in under a minute. Their use in mass transit locations like airports and train stations could help make Australia and the world safer.




UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research

Australian Attosecond Team

Griffith University and Australian National University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research Australian Attosecond Team - Satya Sainadh Image: Supplied
© Griffith University and Australian National University

Quantum tunneling occurs when a particle passes through an energy barrier to the other side. By combining experimental and theoretical research, the Australian Attosecond Team demonstrated for the first time that tunneling is instantaneous, taking no longer than 1.8 attoseconds. This presents a significant finding for the precise validation of theoretical models in quantum mechanics.



Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti, Professor Geoff Hill, Dr Chris Andoniou, Peter Fleming and Dr Paulo Martins

Monash University; Lions Eye Institute; and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti & team. L-R: Dr Paulo Martins, Dr Chris Andoniou, Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti, Mr Peter Fleming. Absent: Professor Geoff Hill. Monash University, Lions Eye Institute and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Image: Steve Morton
© Monash University

Cytomegalovirus infection is a frequent and life-threatening complication that significantly limits positive outcomes for bone marrow transplant patients. Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti and her team have developed a novel, non-toxic and highly effective strategy to reduce the impact of this infection by preventing viral reactivation, which could lead to improved outcomes for transplant patients.



The Invisible Catalyst Team

Australian National University and Curtin University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research The Invisible Catalyst Team Image: Supplied
© Australian National University and Curtin University

Developing efficient ways to catalyse reactions has been an important quest for scientific research. The Invisible Catalyst Team, Professor Michelle Coote, Dr Simone Ciampi and Dr Nadim Darwish, has shown that electric fields can be used to manipulate chemical reactions. This discovery may enable greener and safer methods for fabricating materials, from drugs to plastics.




Leadership

3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science

Associate Professor Melody Ding

University of Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science Associate Professor Melody Ding Image: Supplied
© University of Sydney

Working at the intersection of physical activity, epidemiology and chronic disease prevention, Associate Professor Melody Ding has devoted her career to generating policy-relevant research outcomes. In addition to skillfully leading multidisciplinary projects and teams, she has mentored early career researchers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.



Dr Francine Marques

Monash University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science Dr Francine Marques Image: Supplied
© Monash University

Driven by the belief that everyone has the right to age healthily, Dr Francine Marques’ research looks at the little understood role fibre plays in lowering blood pressure through changes in gut microbes. Through national and international leadership roles, she dedicates a considerable amount of time to mentoring young scientists.



Karlie Noon

Australian National University and CSIRO


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science Karlie Noon Image: Supplied
© University of Newcastle

Karlie Noon is a Kamilaroi woman and an astrophysicist. Since becoming the first Indigenous person in New South Wales to graduate with degrees in science and mathematics, she’s worked to engage underrepresented communities in science. Karlie Noon has influenced government policy, appeared in television programs and shaped perceptions on Indigenous knowledge systems.




CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science

Professor Elanor Huntington

Australian National University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science Professor Elanor Huntington Image: Supplied
© Australian National University

Professor Elanor Huntington’s leadership integrates her world class research into quantum optics with her advocacy of innovative education. Committed to building engineering and computing disciplines that are uniquely positioned to tackle complex 21st century challenges, she has led the development of two new interdisciplinary innovation institutes.



Professor Stephen MacMahon AO

The George Institute for Global Health


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science Professor Stephen MacMahon AO Image: Supplied
© The George Institute for Global Health

Professor Stephen MacMahon is a global authority on cardiovascular disease and the co-founder and director of The George Institute for Global Health. His research, vision and leadership has had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide, particularly those most vulnerable to heart disease and stroke.



Professor Branka Vucetic

University of Sydney


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science Professor Branka Vucetic Image: Supplied
© University of Sydney

Professor Branka Vucetic has made seminal contributions to the fields of coding and wireless communications with much of her work underpinning the wireless technologies we use today. Focused on solving real-world challenges that will assist industry and consumers alike, Professor Vucetic’s research outcomes include increased capacity, data rates and reliability in wireless communications networks.




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

Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann AO

Telethon Kids Institute


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann Image: Supplied
© Telethon Kids Institute

Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann has demonstrated an irrefutable commitment to mentoring young researchers. Known for providing long-term support to her mentees as they work towards their professional goals, she has deeply influenced the future of child health research in many contexts and created an enduring legacy.



Professor Barry Pogson

Australian National University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers Professor Barry Pogson Image: Supplied
© Australian National University

Professor Barry Pogson's vision is to create a nexus of researchers, industry leaders and policy makers that collectively shape agriculture for the benefit of global food security. Using a dynamic and sustainable multi-tiered mentoring approach, he has a profound impact on the personal development, career prospects and learning experiences of students at all tertiary levels.



Professor Paul Wood AO

Monash University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers Professor Paul Wood AO opening the La Trobe University mentor program in February 2017. Image: Supplied
© Monash University

Professor Paul Wood is a highly respected mentor and the driving force behind the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) program. His vision and advocacy have seen more than 300 PhD researchers from 17 universities encouraged to reach their fullest potential through close mentorship with senior industry professionals.




Science Engagement

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science

FrogID Team

Australian Museum


Eureka Prizes 2019
Finalist - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science FrogID Team Dr Jodi Rowley at Camdenville Public School, launching the National Frog Pond Building Project in partnership with Bunnings Image: Nick Langley
© Australian Museum

FrogID is a national citizen science project aimed at understanding and conserving one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. Using a free smartphone app, participants record and submit information on calling frogs. In less than two years, FrogID has transformed the scientific community’s understanding of the distributions, breeding seasons and habitats of frogs.



Virtual Reef Diver

Queensland University of Technology


Eureka Prizes 2019
Finalist - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science Virtual Reef Diver Image: Supplied
© Queensland University of Technology

By harnessing the power of citizen scientists, Virtual Reef Diver seeks to dramatically increase the amount of environmental monitoring data for the Great Barrier Reef. Crowd-sourced images are uploaded, geo-located and analysed online, providing valuable scientific information that reef managers can use to make better decisions at a scale not previously achieved.



Zika Mozzie Seeker

Metro South Health


Eureka Prizes 2019
Finalist - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science Zika Mozzie Seeker team Back L to R: Phil Rocha, Jamie McMahon, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Brian Montgomery Front L to R: Dallas Einsiedel, Jon Cianci Image: Supplied
© Metro South Health

One of Australia’s first health-based citizen science projects, Zika Mozzie Seeker empowers communities to monitor urban mosquitoes in South East Queensland backyards. Using collection kits, members of the public collect mosquito eggs and submit them for DNA analyses, the shared data is increasing public confidence that Zika outbreaks are unlikely.




Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism

Wilson da Silva

Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism Wilson da Silva, Hornsdale Power Reserve, Adelaide Image: Supplied
© NEOEN

In Power Shift, Wilson da Silva explains how Australia’s energy system is much too fragile, and far too reliant on rickety 19th century concepts. He shows how a revolution in large-scale energy storage now under way will likely transform Australia’s energy grid, enabling the expansion of renewables on a mass scale.

Published in Cosmos, 7 March 2019.


Michael Lucy

Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism Michael Lucy Image: Caroline Andrzejewski
© Caroline Andrzejewski

Ending the Age of Plastic traces the origin of the world’s growing plastic pollution crisis. Through interviews with oceanographers, entrepreneurs, bioengineers, economists and citizens, Michael Lucy explores the potential scientific, technological and social solutions to stop the growing juggernaut of plastic pollution.

Published in Cosmos, 18 September 2018.




Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science

Professor Michael J. Biercuk

University of Sydney and Q-CTRL


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science Professor Michael J. Biercuk Image: Supplied
© University of Sydney and Q-CTRL

Professor Michael J. Biercuk is a quantum technologist committed to educating and enthusing the public, government and business about a broad range of scientific issues. Using traditional media alongside other creative platforms, Professor Biercuk brings his expertise not only to the technology sector, but also the arts and public policy, ensuring science positively and broadly impacts society.



Dr Sophie Calabretto

Macquarie University


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science Dr Sophie Calabretto Image: Supplied
© Richard Dobson

The number of Australians, especially young women, studying higher mathematics is declining. Dr Sophie Calabretto is committed to changing this. By bringing her enthusiasm for mathematics to an ever-growing audience – from university-based outreach activities, through to appearing on national media – she seeks to reveal the importance of mathematics in everyday life.



Associate Professor Darren Saunders

UNSW


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science Associate Professor Darren Saunders, UNSW Image: Supplied
© UNSW

A gifted and intuitive communicator, Associate Professor Darren Saunders gives medical research a clear, authoritative voice across a diverse range of media. He makes evidence-based science accessible to the general public, with particular emphasis on platforms through which vulnerable audiences are seeking cancer-related health advice.




Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism

Tim Green, Amy Sherden, Dr Penny Palmer and Andrew Glover

Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism Image: Supplied
© Black Hole Hunters, ABC TV

Black Hole Hunters follows Australian scientists at the forefront of astrophysics as they track down and characterise black holes. This engaging documentary takes viewers on a journey from outback Australia to the cusp of an unprecedented human achievement: the capturing of the very first image of a black hole.

Broadcast on ABC TV’s Catalyst, 26 February 2019.



Liam Mannix

The Age


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism Image: Supplied
© Liam Mannix

Over the past year Liam Mannix has researched and written a series of hard-hitting articles challenging the science behind nerve-pain drugs, ergonomics and diet pills. His articles have delivered real-world results and demonstrated the important role journalists can play in holding the scientific community to account.

Published in The Age, 30 September 2018, 18 December 2018; 20 and 23 March 2019.



Dr Cameron Muir

Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism Image: Dr Cameron Muir
© Dr Cameron Muir

Ghost species and shadow places: Seabirds and plastic pollution, follows four biologists who suffer “ecological PTSD” as they study seabirds with stomachs full of plastic debris. In his article, Dr Cameron Muir explores the ways in which million-year-old patterns of migration, breeding and chick-rearing are being disrupted by the far-reaching impact of human industry.

Published in the Griffith Review, 2 February 2019.




Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion

Girls in Engineering

The University of Western Australia


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion Girls in Engineering team Photo: Girls enjoying a robotics activity at GiE Discovery Day at UWA Image: Supplied
© University of Western Australia

The Girls in Engineering outreach program aims to inspire female secondary students to explore STEM as a study pathway. The University of Western Australia students and industry partners volunteer their time in schools to engage thousands of pupils in discipline-specific challenges, including hands-on environmental, mining and biomedical activities.



National Indigenous Science Education Program

Macquarie University; Charles Sturt University; and Yaegl Country Aboriginal Elders


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion National Indigenous Science Education Program This picture was taken in 2015 at Casino High School and features NISEP student leader Isaachar Fraser demonstrating the wonders of dry ice to junior students at the school. Image: Supplied
© Macquarie University, Charles Sturt University and Yaegl Country Aboriginal Elders

Established by requests from Aboriginal Elders, the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) supports Indigenous secondary students from lower socio-economic schools to deliver STEM workshops and activities at school, university and community events. Participation in NISEP elevates students into leadership roles, and has resulted in increased academic achievements in STEM and beyond.



Sensory Science

Monash University and UNSW


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion Sensory Science team Professor Jamie Rossjohn, Dr Erica Tandori and Dr Gabby Watson. Absent: Dr David Jacques Image: Supplied
© Monash University and UNSW

Sensory Science has established a series of interactive exhibitions that are specifically designed for a low or no vision audience. The events enable participants – ranging from primary school students to senior citizens – to engage with fundamental scientific concepts and to learn about the latest biomedical research happening in Australian universities.




School Science

University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - Primary

Evelyn Cahill and Lucy Carlisle

Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, NSW


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize (Primary School) Evelyn Cahill and Lucy Carlisle Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, NSW Image: Supplied
© PLC Sydney


In their film, Polar Bears Need their Ice, Ice Baby, Evelyn and Lucy explain how the use of air conditioners in Australia may be damaging the habitats of polar bears. They conduct experiments to demonstrate global warming and offer practical ideas for living more sustainably.



Finn Thomas

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Concord, NSW


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize (Primary School) Finn Thomas St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Concord, NSW Image: Supplied
© St Mary's Catholic Primary School Concord

Inspired by the book Jurassic Park, Finn ponders what life would be like today if a dinosaur species were to be resurrected. In his film, Can We Bring Dinosaurs Back to Life?, Finn explores the science and biotechnology critical to this notion and explains the challenges scientists would face.




University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - Secondary

Ellie Cole and Tsambika Galanos

Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, NSW


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize (Secondary School) Ellie Cole and Tsambika Galanos Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, NSW Image: Supplied
© PLC Sydney

What do cosmetics, clothing and toothpaste have in common? They all contain microplastics. In Fish Fiasco, Ellie and Tsambika investigate how microplastics might end up in the ocean. They interview scientific experts, visit a wastewater treatment plant and even study fish stomach contents to uncover how society's use of plastic impacts the environment.



Jonathan Davis

Townsville Grammar School, QLD


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize (Secondary School) Jonathan Davis Townsville Grammar School, QLD Image: Supplied
© Townsville Grammar School

Neutrinos are subatomic particles that come from stars and nuclear reactions, and as Jonathan shows in Neutrinos – The Sky’s the Limit, they are all around us. Jonathan’s film uses creative multimedia techniques to reveal the implications that neutrinos have for physics and human life as a whole.



Aiden Irving and Thomas Lovell

Oakhill College, NSW


Eureka Prizes 2019 Finalists
Finalist - University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize (Secondary School) Aiden Irving and Thomas Lovell Oakhill College, NSW Image: Supplied
© Oakhill College

In April 2019 history was made when astronomers revealed the first ever image of a black hole. In How Was the Picture of a Black Hole Taken? Aiden and Thomas explore the physics of event horizons, the mechanics of cameras, and how Very Long Baseline Interferometry works, to understand how a black hole was imaged.




University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science - Highly Commended

Sleek Geeks Science Highly Commended - Primary School


Sleek Geeks Science Highly Commended - Secondary School Category