The annual ACT Scientist of the Year Award recognises the achievements of an 'up and coming' scientist with significant potential to continue to achieve in their chosen field of research.
The award is accompanied by $30,000 prize money.
The objective of the award is to:
- celebrate excellence in scientific research and innovation in the ACT through recognition of an 'ACT Scientist of the Year';
- showcase the contribution that local scientists make to science and innovation, both nationally and worldwide;
- enhance the ACT's reputation as a 'centre of excellence in research and innovation'; and
- inspire young people to consider a career in science
2018 ACT Scientist of the Year
Dr Rose Ahlefeldt was named the 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year on 10 August 2018.
Dr Ahlefeldt uses novel rare-earth crystals for applications in quantum information, including high data storage density. Her work to build better quantum memories will be needed in the future for quantum computers and, eventually, the quantum internet.
Previous recipients of the ACT Scientist of the Year Award
2017 – Dr Kai Xun Chan, whose research looks at the effect of drought conditions on plants, and the ability of some plants to sense drought stress.
2016 - Dr Ceridwen Fraser, whose research looks at how plants and animals respond to past climate change, which has important implications for how we manage biodiversity and ecosystems now and into the future.
2015 – Dr Colin Jackson, whose work combines the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry and is working to find solutions to real-world problems.
For any queries please contact:
ACT Scientist of the Year Award Secretariat
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Phone: (02) 6205 3031.