Find a Tall Poppy

Dr Tayyaba Zafar

2020 New South Wales Award Winner

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY Research Field: Star Dust Stars burn their hydrogen gas and progressively convert it into other elements, like carbon, silicon, iron etc. In the right conditions, these elements can... Read More »

Prof Aniruddha Desai

2020 Victorian Award Winner

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY Research Field: Applied Technology Prof Desai focuses on developing technology-based solutions for important industry and community problems in areas such as transport safety and mobility, energy management,... Read More »

A/Prof Alice Motion

2020 New South Wales Award Winner

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY Research Field: Chemistry & Science Outreach Making science and scientific research accessible for everyone has never been more important. Open science, science communication and citizen science projects... Read More »

A/Prof Francine Marques

2020 Victorian Award Winner

MONASH UNIVERSITY Research Field: Heart Disease High blood pressure is the main risk factor for death globally, as it is the underlying cause of most cases of heart attacks and... Read More »

Dr Carla Eisemberg

2020 Northern Territory Award Winner

CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY Research Field: Ecology Dr Eisemberg’s research focuses on relationships between wildlife ecology, harvest and conservation practices to assist communities to manage their resources. Wild meat is an... Read More »

Dr Yuval Yarom

2020 South Australian Award Winner

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE Research Field: Computer Security Over the last decades our society has become increasingly reliant on computers’ ability to store and process our data. At the same time,... Read More »

Dr Yan Jiao

2020 South Australian Award Winner

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE Research Field: Chemical Engineering Imagine an unlivable planet earth with depleted fossil fuels and severe greenhouse effects, which will happen in the future if we do nothing.... Read More »

Dr Rhiannon Schilling

2020 South Australian Award Winner

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE Research Field: Applied Agronomy Soil constraints, such as high levels of sodium, affect 68 % of cropping land in Australia. Sodic soils with high... Read More »

A/Prof Maria Inacio

2020 South Australian Award Winner

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Research Field: Epidemiology As our population ages the need for services that help us live at home longer or transition to aged care homes (when needed)... Read More »

Dr Margaret Shanafield

2020 South Australian Award Winner

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY Research Field: Hydrology Although most Australian rivers go dry each year, the frequency and duration of those dry periods is changing, bringing hardship to the environment and communities.... Read More »

Dr Kylie Dunning

2020 South Australian Award Winner

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE Research Field: Reproductive Biology One of the greatest challenges for IVF clinics is identifying which embryos are suitable for transfer back into the patient’s womb. The current... Read More »

Dr Janet Sluggett

2020 South Australian Award Winner

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Research Field: Aged Care People living in aged care homes take an average of 10 different medications each day. Medications can improve our wellbeing, but can... Read More »

Dr Ian Moffat

2020 South Australian Award Winner

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY Research Field: Archaeology Humans and our ancestors have lived through many periods of dramatic climate change, which have unquestionably influenced our evolution. Unfortunately, high quality climate records are... Read More »

Dr Grace Vincent

2020 South Australian Award Winner

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY Research Field: Sleep Health Two million Australian’s regularly work at night. Those that work at night are twice as likely to make an error, get injured, or... Read More »

Dr Alice Clement

2020 South Australian Award Winner

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY Research Field: Evolutionary Biology Dr Clement is an evolutionary biologist and palaeontologist, who studies fish and tetrapods (the first terrestrial vertebrates), and the changes that occurred in their... Read More »

Dr Tristan Reekie

2020 Australian Capital Territory’s Award Winner

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Research Field: Organic Chemistry Sickness and disease occur when normal processes in the body are only partly functioning, not functioning at all, or sometimes when they are... Read More »

Dr Sambasivam Periyannan

2020 Australian Capital Territory’s Award Winner

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION Research Field: Agriculture and Phylogenetics Dr Sam Periyannan’s passion for crop research is rooted since his childhood being brought up along canes and cassava... Read More »

Dr Larissa Schneider

2020 Australian Capital Territory’s Award Winner

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Research Field: Ecology & Toxic Metals Industrial activities have released toxic metals into the environment in ways that damage the health of people, wildlife and ecosystems. Knowing... Read More »

Dr Aparna Lal

2020 Australian Capital Territory’s Award Winner

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Research Field: Ecology & Public Health Few of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate and environmental change. To effectively address this major societal challenge, we... Read More »

Dr Anna Olsen

2020 Australian Capital Territory’s Award Winner

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Research Field: Public Health I am an experienced social scientist researcher in the field of public health with an extensive national and international networks encompassing academia, non-profits... Read More »