The annual ACT Scientist of the Year Award recognises the achievements of an up-and-coming local scientist with significant potential to continue to achieve in their chosen field of research.
The award comes with $30,000 in prize money.
- celebrates excellence in scientific research and innovation in the ACT
- showcases the contribution that local scientists make to science and innovation
- inspires and encourages students to consider careers in STEM.
ACT Scientist of the Year usually opens for nominations in June with an announcement of the recipient during National Science Week, however the 2020 award has been postponed to later this year. An announcement will be made when nominations open in due course.
Enquiries can be directed to the ACT Scientist of the Year Award Secretariat at the details listed below.
2019 ACT Scientist of the Year
The 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year is Dr Sophie Lewis.
Dr Lewis' groundbreaking work studying Australia's record hot 2013 summer led her to develop new techniques that are helping scientists around the world understand the local, national and global impacts of climate change.
Dr Lewis plans to use her year as ACT Scientist to ensure her knowledge is shared by delivering educational programs for children and young people to develop their interests in climate change and empower them to help us make positive action on climate change.
Previous recipients of the ACT Scientist of the Year Award
2018 – Dr Rose Ahlefeldt, whose work to build better quantum memories will be needed in the future for quantum computers and, eventually, the quantum internet.
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.