By Camille Thompson
The Tall Poppy awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. From the development of new solar technologies to the targeted delivery of medicines, a number of bright young scientists have been awarded for their work at the cutting edge of research whose long term reach is limitless.
Showcasing the diversity of research being carried out in each state, the Young Tall Poppy awards are held to celebrate researchers across science, engineering and mathematics. As part of the Young Tall Poppy campaign, award winners spend a year sharing their knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community through workshops, seminars and public lectures.
Young Tall Poppies are nominated by their peers and are early career researchers who have under ten year’s post-doctoral experience. Selection is based on research achievement and leadership potential. Over 500 young scientists have been honoured nationally since the awards were established in 2000.
Congratulations to all our winners for 2016!
- Dr Viviana Wuthrich, Psychology, Macquarie University
Viviana’s research is focused on studying what causes and maintains anxiety disorders across the lifespan from young children to older adults, and on developing practical methods to assess and treat these disorders.
- Dr Thomas Newsome, Biological Sciences, University of Sydney / Deakin University
Thomas studies how top predators change the abundance and behaviour of their prey and competitors, and how that in turn affects other species and ecological processes.
- Dr Adam Collison, Immunology / Microbiology, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute
Adam’s research has focused on identification of new therapeutic targets and molecular biomarkers to assist in the identification and treatment of asthma and food allergy.
- Dr Tracy Burrows, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle
Tracy’s research investigates whether humans can become addicted to certain foods, particularly those highly processed foods seen as major contributors to overweight and obesity.
- Dr Dale Nimmo, Conservation Science, Charles Sturt University
Dale’s research aims to find solutions to the modern extinction crisis. By studying ecosystems around the world to reveal how big disturbances like wildfire, droughts, invasive species, habitat loss and climate change affect ecosystems.
- Dr Susan Hua, Therapeutic Targeting and Translational Nanopharmaceutics, University of Newcastle
Susan’s research is in the cutting‐edge field of therapeutic targeting through the use of nanotechnology.
- Dr Jonathan Plett, Genetics/Ecosystem Sustainability, Western Sydney University
Jonathan studies how plants interpret these chemical signals to distinguish between disease‐causing and peaceful micro‐organisms.
- Dr Danielle Moreau, Aeroacoustics, University of New South Wales
Danielle’s research looks at airfoil noise, the major source of noise for a variety of technology including wind turbines, fans, submarines and aircraft.
- Associate Professor Jason Grebely, Epidemiology/Public Health, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales
Jason’s research is focused on finding novel ways to enhance access to hepatitis C testing, linkage to care and treatment among people who inject drugs, a group that makes up the majority of new and existing cases of hepatitis C in Australia.
- Dr Joshua Ho, Bioinformatics, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Joshua’s research team is using cutting edge DNA sequencing technology to sequence the entire genome of CHD patients and their family members.
- Dr Bronwyn Graham, Anxiety Disorders, University of New South Wales
Bronwyn’s research looks at how changes in estrogen levels affect women’s ability to control their fear.
- Dr Robert Taylor, Solar Energy, University of New South Wales
Robert’s research is focused on developing solar energy technology which converts sunlight into heat, rather than electricity, called solar thermal collectors.
- Dr Katherine Dafforn, Marine Ecology, University of New South Wales
Katherine’s research combines ecological ideas with engineering designs to produce innovative strategies for reducing the impacts of coastal concrete jungles.
Camille Thomson is the General Manager of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.