Find a Tall Poppy

Dr James Tweedley

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

Murdoch University Research Field: Marine Biology Estuaries are biologically productive and have large economic and societal benefits. Yet many of these environments and the services they provide are under threat... Read More »

Dr Alexander Tang

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

University of Western Australia Research Field: Neuroscience, biophysics An essential property of the brain is its capacity to change its structure and function, commonly known as neural plasticity. Unfortunately, neural... Read More »

A/Prof Billy Sung

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

Curtin University Research Field: Consumer Psychology Businesses, NGOs, and government agencies are making high-value business decisions and investments every day. These decisions can be better informed by obtaining an intimate... Read More »

Dr Eleanor Sansom

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

Curtin University Research Field: Space The Earth gets hit by over 15,000,000 kg of extraterrestrial material every year. Most of this is dust-sized, but bright shooting stars (fireballs) can sometimes... Read More »

Dr Joanna Melonek

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

University of Western Australia Research Field: Plant Molecular Biology To meet food demands of the growing human population crop production needs to increase by at least 50%. This can be... Read More »

Dr Mark Hackett

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

Curtin University Research Field: Analytical Chemistry Metal ions are essential for life. In particular, metal ions are important for a health brain and memory function, but too much or too... Read More »

A/Prof Christopher Blyth

2021 Western Australian Award Winner

University of Western Australia Research Field: Infectious Disease Existing and emerging infections pose an ever present threat. As demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, these infections have the capacity to profoundly... Read More »

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 »