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Sydney dominates major STEM prizes – 2016 wrap

18 November 2016
12 top awards in a month

2016 has been a great year for science and medical research, with the University of Sydney leading major science prizes including the Australian Academy of Science’s awards and the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

The University of Sydney has dominated leading science and medical research prizes this year, including the coveted 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and achieving the most prizes of any organisation in three recent awards.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said the University community was delighted to have so many researchers recognised.

"They are shining exemplars of everything we are trying to do – a relentless pursuit of research excellence, combined with a deep passion for tackling the big problems faced by our communities today," Professor Ivison said.

"We have had a remarkable year in terms of the recognition through a wide range of prizes across the sciences and humanities.

"It's an amazing tribute to the quality of our research culture and an inspiration to us all."

Our outstanding results in science prizes include:

2017 Australian Academy for Science awardees

  • Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn Director, Sydney Institute for Astronomy
  • Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health Professor Barend Marais Deputy Director, Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Institute
  • Fenner Medal Professor Simon Ho Professor of Molecular Evolution, School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)
  • Le Févre Memorial Prize Dr Deanna D'Alessandro ARC Queen Elizabeth (II) Fellow, School of Chemistry

2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships

2016 NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering

  • New South Wales Scientist of the Year Professor Rick Shine Shine Lab, SOLES
  • Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn Director, Sydney Institute for Astronomy
  • Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences (Cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics) Professor David James, Systems Biology Chair, Charles Perkins Centre
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year Joint Winner: Dr Elizabeth New Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry
  • Outstanding Early Career Researcher Dr Michael Bowen NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellow, School of Psychology

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