Two Young Tall Poppy Science Award winners in Faculty of Science

30 October 2009

Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier and Dr Timothy Schmidt, both from the School of Chemistry, have been awarded NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards from the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.

Announced by the NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research Jodi McKay on 29 October at a ceremony in NSW Parliament House, Associate Professor Perrier and Dr Schmidt were two of the 16 young scientists to receive Young Tall Poppy Awards this year.

Another University of Sydney scientist, Dr Scott Byrne, from the Faculty of Medicine, also received a NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

The prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the achievements of Australia's outstanding young researchers in the sciences working in universities, research institutes and laboratories in private industry, private practice and government organisations.

The awards recognise "up-and-coming stars" in the sciences, who, as part of the award program, visit schools across NSW to talk to students about science and the diverse range of career opportunities in science. The award winners are engaged in activities to promote further study, understanding of and careers in the sciences to students and teachers, as well as bring their science to the broader community and policy makers.

"They are our best and brightest young scientific achievers. The winners will go on to help promote further study and careers in science for students across NSW," Minister McKay said at the presentation of the awards.

"The NSW Government recognises the importance of investing in these brilliant young minds being trained right here in NSW universities," said Minister McKay.

Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier won his Young Tall Poppy Award for his research on macromolecular and supramolecular engineering. His research aims to develop techniques that provide structure and functionality control over polymers and enable the production of innovative polymeric materials with improved properties.

Dr Timothy Schmidt won his Young Tall Poppy Award for his research on molecular spectroscopy. Dr Schmidt studies how molecules interact with light to provide a better understanding of various environments from interstellar space to new types of solar cells.

In her address at the awards ceremony, Minister McKay singled out two of the most successful previous Young Tall Poppy Award winners - both from the University of Sydney.

"Previous NSW winners include Bryan Gaensler, one of our leading minds in astronomy, and Kathy Belov, the People's Choice winner at this year's Eureka Awards for her research to cure a tumour disease threatening the Tasmanian Devil," said Minister McKay.

"No doubt these latest winners will generate future ideas and make an important contribution to science at a national and international level."

See the complete list of NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award winners at:

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