SA Tall Poppies

2018 SA Tall Poppies
The 2018 SA Tall Poppies were announced on the 30th of July at a reception at the Barr Smith Library attended by the Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and dignitaries.

The SA campaign delivers initiatives that increase public engagement and promote excellence in research, inform and influence policy and invest in the future of our State.

In 1998 the State celebrated the centenary of the birth of the great South Australian scientist Lord Howard Florey who shared a Nobel prize for his work on penicillin. Despite his invaluable contribution to society Lord Florey and his work did and, to a point, still do remain largely unknown in the wider community.

This situation is representative of the so-called “Tall Poppy Syndrome” – the tendency to celebrate success in some fields yet to ignore or even mock excellence and achievement in other fields.

The Australian Institute of Policy and Science created the Tall Poppy Campaign to address this syndrome by celebrating achievement in the sciences and communicating the passion and purpose of Australia’s finest scientists to a wider audience – in particular the school students, undergraduates, postgraduates & early career reseachers whose choices form the foundation of our future prosperity.

Today the TP.SA Alumnus is a community of outstanding researchers – supporting each other personally and professionally as well as providing South Australian education, business, industry and governance sectors with a unique source of expertise and connections.

TP.SA continues to recognise and support South Australians who are delivering excellent science and sharing it with the scientists of tomorrow.

The SA campaign delivers initiatives that increase public engagement and promote excellence in research, inform and influence policy and invest in the future of our State.

In 1998 the State celebrated the centenary of the birth of the great South Australian scientist Lord Howard Florey who shared a Nobel prize for his work on penicillin. Despite his invaluable contribution to society Lord Florey and his work did and, to a point, still do remain largely unknown in the wider community.

This situation is representative of the so-called “Tall Poppy Syndrome” – the tendency to celebrate success in some fields yet to ignore or even mock excellence and achievement in other fields.

The Australian Institute of Policy and Science created the Tall Poppy Campaign to address this syndrome by celebrating achievement in the sciences and communicating the passion and purpose of Australia’s finest scientists to a wider audience – in particular the school students, undergraduates, postgraduates & early career reseachers whose choices form the foundation of our future prosperity.

Today the TP.SA Alumnus is a community of outstanding researchers – supporting each other personally and professionally as well as providing South Australian education, business, industry and governance sectors with a unique source of expertise and connections.

TP.SA continues to recognise and support South Australians who are delivering excellent science and sharing it with the scientists of tomorrow.

South Australian Tall Poppy Winners

Dr Catherine Attard

Dr Catherine Attard

Dr Ryan Balzan

Dr Ryan Balzan

Dr Melanie Macgregor

Dr Melanie Macgregor

Dr Rodrigo Praino

Dr Rodrigo Praino

Dr Lewis Mitchell

Dr Lewis Mitchell

Dr Katharina Richter

Dr Katharina Richter

Dr Cameron Shearer

Dr Cameron Shearer

Dr Benjamin Sparkes

Dr Benjamin Sparkes

A/Prof Emma Thomas

A/Prof Emma Thomas

Dr Harriet Whiley

Dr Harriet Whiley

Dr Laura Weyrich

Dr Laura Weyrich

Dr Kate Fennell

Dr Kate Fennell

Dr Lisa Beatty

Dr Lisa Beatty

Dr Ashleigh Smith

Dr Ashleigh Smith

Dr France Corrigan

Dr France Corrigan

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South Australian Supporters