The annual NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering recognise excellence, and reward leading researchers for cutting-edge work that has benefitted the state.
Professor Holmes, who was recently announced as a new Fellow of the Royal Society, was awarded in the biological sciences category which covers ecology, environmental, agricultural and organismal sciences.
“Eddie epitomises everything we are trying do in terms of our research ambitions for Sydney – an unrelenting commitment to excellence as manifested in winning this Prize, his Laureate Fellowship and his election to the Royal Society,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Duncan Ivison.
“As well as helping us to develop our ambitions for multidisciplinary research, embedded as he is in the Charles Perkins Centre, he also collaborates across a number of diverse areas of research in the life and physical sciences. I am delighted he is being recognised for his outstanding research leadership.”
The prize recognises Professor Holmes pioneering use of phylogenetic methods, greatly improving our ability to predict and control infectious diseases. His ground-breaking work has had a direct, positive impact on human and animal health, and biodiversity conservation.
“This prize is a tremendous honour and reflects the hard work of my group over the last few years,” says Professor Holmes. “It is very much a team effort. I hope that our research has a real benefit to the people of New South Wales, and that we can continue to contribute to the state in the years to come.”
In addition to the accolade, Professor Holmes and the other winners from across a total of nine categories, receive a trophy and $5000.