2015 New Scientist Eureka Prizes and more . . .


September 2015


Established in 1990 to reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication the Eureka Prizes are Australia’s most comprehensive national science awards. The New Scientist Eureka Prizes are a unique partnership between government organisations, institutions, companies and individuals committed to Australian science. Presented annually by the Australian Museum in partnership with sponsors and supporters, the prizes reward excellence in the fields of:

  • research & innovation
  • leadership
  • school science
  • science communication & journalism.

This year ANFFL CEO, Rosie Hicks, is a finalist in the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science along with Professor Snow Barlow(University of Melbourne) and Professor Michelle Simmons, (University of New South Wales). Rosie’s nomination reads:

“Rosie Hicks is the CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, which links 19 universities and CSIRO to create a national collaborative research network with over 550 tools. She has gathered the best of Australia’s fabrication expertise to deliver outstanding outcomes in a transformative area of science, technology and industry.”


Another university can now be added to the list to make it a round 20 univerities plus CSIRO. Winners will be announced at the Award Dinner on 26 August 2015 - let’s wish Rosie the best of luck!


Another planet: Epacris paludosa (Alpine Heath) EricaceaeAlso, in the category of ‘New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography’ in the same awards the ACT Node, along with the Australian National Botanic Garden’s (ANBG) Seedy Volunteers, were awarded a ‘highly commended’ citation for the image below. Titled ‘Another planet: Epacris paludosa (Alpine Heath) Ericaceae’ Dr Fanny Karouta-Manasse, from ANBG’s Seedy Volunteers and Dr Mark Lockrey (ANFF ACT) produced this image using our new FEI Verios SEM-CL that featured in our last newsletter.


“Much like discovering another planet, imaging can reveal the intricate form of tiny plant seeds, and this idea inspired the Seedy Volunteers’ image. The National Seed Bank aims to store living seeds for tens to thousands of years for the conservation and research of native plants, and this seed (0.53 mm in length) is one of them.” Dr Karouta-Manasse said.


See more details at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/2015-finalists-eureka. Image courtesy of Seedy Volunteers.


ANFF ACT Node Director, Prof. Chennupati Jagadish was in Rome recently to receive the IEEE Nanotechnology Pioneer Award “For pioneering and sustained contributions to compound semiconductor nanowire and quantum dot optoelectronics.”


On the IEEE Nanotechnology Council website (http://sites.ieee.org/nanotech/2015-ntc-award-winners-announced) it goes on to say:


“Professor Jagadish has established a world-class research program on compound semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology. Key among his accomplishments are a number of major advances in compound semi-conductor quantum dot and nanowire growth techniques and optoelectronicsdevices. Professor Jagadish has received many awards for his work, and in 2005 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.”


The photo in the sidebar shows Jagadish receiving the Pioneer Award from IEEE President Professor Howard Michel at Brancaccio Palace in Rome at 2015 IEEE Nanotechnology Conference Banquet on 29th July 2015.


Congratulations Jagadish!