Dr Rose Ahlefeldt named 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year

Released 10/08/2018

Dr Rose Ahlefeldt named 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year

Dr Rose Ahlefeldt has been named 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year.

The ACT Scientist of the Year Award celebrates Canberra’s emerging scientists and aims to inspire young people to consider a career in STEM.

The growth of the ACT’s tertiary education and research industries has been crucial to the economic success of the territory in recent years. The Government supports these industries through initiatives such as the Scientist of the Year Award, which help attract the smartest minds to Canberra.

Dr Ahlefeldt joins past recipients Dr Kai Xun Chan (2017), Dr Ceridwen Fraser (2016) and Dr Colin Jackson (2015) who each spent their 12 months as ACT Scientist of the Year inspiring young people to consider STEM careers and promoting the ACT as a centre of excellence for science and research.

The ACT is already a leader in the research and development of quantum communications technology and
Dr Ahlefeldt’s research is informing the future of quantum computers and, eventually, the quantum internet.

Dr Ahlefeldt plans to use her time as ACT Scientist of the Year inspiring young people, particularly women, into a career in science.

I congratulate Dr Ahlefeldt on being named the 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year and I look forward to learning more about her groundbreaking work over the next 12 months.

To view a video featuring Dr Ahlefeldt and her research, visit act.gov.au/scientistofyear

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