Find a Tall Poppy

Dr Harriet Whiley

2018 South Australian Award Winner

Flinders University Research Field: Environmental Health Water quality and food safety are important for maintaining public health. Diseases from contaminated food and water can be deadly, especially to people with... Read More »

A/Prof Emma Thomas

2018 South Australian Award Winner

Flinders University Research Field: Psychology Certain disasters will promote historically large public responses, while other events will not garner the same levels of support. What are the lessons that can... Read More »

Dr Benjamin Sparkes

2018 South Australian Award Winner

The University of Adelaide Research Field: Photonics Current encryption methods are likely to be defeated by the impending development of next-generation “quantum” computers. Quantum Key Distribution, a commercially-available technique, can... Read More »

Dr Cameron Shearer

2018 South Australian Award Winner

The University of Adelaide Research Field: Nanotechnology Solar cells are already widely used on rooftops with great success, but rooftop space is limited. If solar cells were flexible and or... Read More »

Dr Katharina Richter

2018 South Australian Award Winner

The University of Adelaide Research Field: Applied Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Sciences Superbugs, such as Golden Staph, cause 700,000 deaths globally every year and existing antibiotics cannot effectively kill them. New... Read More »

Dr Lewis Mitchell

2018 South Australian Award Winner

The University of Adelaide Research Field: Applied Mathematics and Data Science Understanding how (mis)information flows over social networks is increasingly important for governments, businesses, and individuals. Statistical tools to summarise... Read More »

Dr Rodrigo Praino

2018 South Australian Award Winner

Flinders University Research Field: Political Science In democracies, citizens are asked to make extremely important decisions on who governs them. These decisions can have an impact on all aspects of... Read More »

Dr Melanie Macgregor

2018 South Australian Award Winner

University of South Australia Research Field: Material Science and Engineering The development of clever coatings for modern technologies requires the understanding of wetting at the nanoscale. The extent to which... Read More »

Dr Ryan Balzan

2018 South Australian Award Winner

Flinders University Research Field: Psychology People with delusions jump to conclusions, where they make hasty decisions based on very little information. Delusions can cause significant emotional and social distress. People... Read More »

Dr Catherine Attard

2018 South Australian Award Winner

Flinders University Research Field: Molecular Ecology Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology let us rapidly sequence whole genomes at relatively low cost, allowing us to answer an unprecedented range of... Read More »

Dr Hosam Zowawi

2018 Queensland Award Winner

University of Queensland Research Field: Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance Dr Hosam Zowawi is interested in hospital-acquired infections, particularly those caused by antimicrobial resistant microorganism. As a clinical microbiologist he recognised... Read More »

Dr Qilin Wang

2018 Queensland Award Winner

Griffith University Research Field: Sewage Treatment; Environmental Engineering Sewage treatment is energy-intensive. Although sewage is rich in energy, the energy recovered from sewage is currently low. Therefore, maximizing energy recovery... Read More »

Dr Teresa Ubide

2018 Queensland Award Winner

University of Queensland Research Field: Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Geochemistry In Volcanology, as in other Natural Sciences, we use the past as key to the future. Understanding the processes that have... Read More »

Dr Michael Simmonds

2018 Queensland Award Winner

Griffith University Research Field: Physiology; blood rheology; mechanobiology Life support during cardiothoracic surgical procedures involves a pump for distributing blood, and occasionally an oxygenator to facilitate gas exchange. Short-term lifesupport... Read More »

Dr Jacqui Romero

2018 Queensland Award Winner

University of Queensland Research Field: Quantum photonics, Quantum information Dr Romero works in quantum photonics: encoding information in the quantum properties of light. If we use the polarisation of light... Read More »

Dr Rajib Kumar Rana

2018 Queensland Award Winner

University of Southern Queensland Research Field: Computer Science, Chronic Disease The key aims of Dr Rana’s research are two-fold: 1) determine “mood” automatically from spontaneous phone conversations and 2) determine... Read More »

Dr Amirali Popat

2018 Queensland Award Winner

University of Queensland Research Field: Nanomedicine 1.4 million people in USA, 230,000 Canadians and around 75,000 Australians with an annual net disease burden of approx. $3 billion on Australian economy.... Read More »

Dr Róisín McMahon

2018 Queensland Award Winner

Griffith University Research Field: Biochemistry and structural biology Dr McMahon’s research ambition is to develop new antimicrobial drugs to treat melioidosis, a tropical bacterial disease resulting from infection with a... Read More »

Dr Michelle Langley

2018 Queensland Award Winner

Griffith University Research Field: Archaeological Science Archaeological science provides multi-disciplinary tools to understand numerous aspects of human evolution — both anatomical and cognitive. In her research Dr Langley uses high-resolution... Read More »

Dr Georgina Gurney

2018 Queensland Award Winner

James Cook University Research Field: Environmental Social Science Dr Gurney’s research interests lie broadly in understanding the factors that influence opportunities for collaborative management of common-pool natural resources (CPRs), and... Read More »