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Min's Wins


4 September 2013

Associate Professor Min Chen has recently been awarded both the Robin Hill Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research and the Peter Goldacre Award from theAustralian Society of Plant Scientists.

Associate Professor Min Chen, winner of the Robin Hill and Peter Goldacre Awards
Associate Professor Min Chen, winner of the Robin Hill and Peter Goldacre Awards

These prestigious awards were won for Min's work on chlorophyll-f, both her discovery of it and her work on understanding its properties and function. "I am so happy toreceive these awards," said Min. "When you read through the past-awardees list, there are so many great plant physiologists who have received these awards."

Both awards are aimed at early-career researchers, within ten years of receiving their PhDs. The Robin Hill award was presented at the International Photosynthesis Congress in St Louis in August. The citation read, "In recognition of work discovering new photosynthetic organisms and pigments." At this meeting Min was also elected to be one of the area representatives from Asia/Oceanic/Africa on the International Society of Photosynthesis Research Executive committee for 2014 to 2020.

The Peter Goldacre Award will be presented at the ComBio conference in Perth this September, when Min will present her lecture entitled, 'Novel chlorophylls and new directions in photosynthesis research.' Min was nominated for this award by Professors Robyn Overall and Jan Anderson (ANU). "Professor Robyn Overall has always been very supportive of me and it is very nice that my work has been recognised by the Australian society of Plant Scientists," Min said. Also at the ComBio conference, Dr Danny Liu will receive the Teaching Award from the Australian Society of Plant Scientists. Congratulations to both Min and Danny!