WA Science Ambassadors Directory

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation encourages outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to be ambassadors for science, inspiring and engaging others with STEM.

Ambassadors include Premier's Science Award winners who have been recognised as WA’s top STEM researchers, educators and communicators. Ambassadors have listed their areas of expertise and the types of engagement activities they undertake below. 

If you would like to invite an Ambassador to participate in an engagement activity, you may contact them directly. Please provide plenty of advance notice for any requests. In your email, introduce yourself and let the Ambassador know you found their details via the department.

Directory

Mrs Natalie Birrell

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Teacher/ Science Learning Area Coordinator at Huntingdale Primary School
STAWA Primary Science Committee Member
Natalie Birrell

Contact

Natalie.Birrell@education.wa.edu.au

Expertise     

Primary Science Generalist, Early Childhood, Sustainability Engagement activities; Small group discussions such as a Science Café; Writing articles for print or online publication; Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2005 - Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching - Primary
  • 2009 - Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools (finalist)
  • 2009 - De Laeter medal for contribution to science education

Dr Asha Bowen

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NHMRC Early Career Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Asha Bowen

Contact

Contact Asha.bowen@telethonkids.org.au, or via the Telethon Kids website.

Expertise

Skin infections in Aboriginal children (scabies, skin sores); Infectious diseases of children; Clinical trials; Gram positive pathogens (Staphylococcus aureus, Strep A); Primary prevention of acute rheumatic fever.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Participating in National Science Week
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science

Awards

  • 2015 – 2019 - NHMRC Early Career Fellowship
  • 2017 - Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year
  • 2017 - Telethon Kids Institute Supporting Early Research Leaders Scheme
  • 2017 - WA Health New Independent Researcher Scheme

Professor Carol Bower

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Senior Principal Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute
Professor Carol Bower

Contact

Please direct requests for ambassador activities to Amy Birch, Senior Communications Officer, Telethon Kids Institute.

Telethon Kids Institute

Expertise

Epidemiology; Population health; Birth defects; Neural tube defects; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Engagement activities&

  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Having a stall at Perth Science Festival
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science

Awards

  • 1965 – Science Union Prize for Botany, The University of Western Australia
  • 1969 – Vacation Scholarship, The University of Western Australia
  • 1970 – Helen Jane Lamard Prize in Surgery, The University of Western Australia
  • 1970 – Geoffrey Ashburton Thompson Prize in Obstetrics, The University of Western Australia
  • 1982 – NHMRC Public Health Travelling Fellowship
  • 1983-84 – The University of Western Australia WA and MG Saw Medical Research Fellow
  • 1999 – Annie B Cunning Medal, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • 2001 – Individual Community Award, Public Health Association of Australia (Western Australian branch)
  • 2006 – Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc. Certificate for Excellent Services to Consumers
  • 2007 – International Flour Fortification Initiative Leadership Award
  • 2007 – Staff Excellence Award, Women and Newborn Health Service
  • 2011 – Australasian Epidemiological Association Life Member
  • 2011 – NHMRC 10 of the Best Research Projects Award for Determinants of Child Health and Development: Populations, Partnerships, Pathways and Prevention, Stanley FJ, Bower C, de Klerk N, Lehmann D, Leonard H, Silburn S, Zubrick S
  • 2012 – National Medicinewise Best E-Health Resources Award for Pharmacovigilance in pregnancy using population-based linked dataset, Colvin L, Slack-Smith L, Stanley FJ, Bower C
  • 2012 – Consumer and Community Advisory Council, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Consumer and Community Participation Award - in recognition of good practice initiatives of consumer and community participation in research by the Program Grant Governance Committee Stanley FJ, Bower C, de Klerk N, Leonard H Silburn S, Zubrick S, Payne J, Scott L
  • 2015 – International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research Distinguished Service Award
  • 2016 – International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research – J David Erickson Scientific Lectureship
  • 2017 – Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science Fellow
  • 2019 – Western Australian Science Hall of Fame inductee

Associate Professor Christopher Brennan-Jones

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Head, Ear Health & NHMRC Early Career Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute
Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Western Australia
Senior Paediatric Audiologist at Perth Children’s Hospital
Dr Chris Brennan Jones

Contact

Chris.Brennan-Jones@telethonkids.org.au

Telethon Kids

Expertise

Audiology; Hearing loss; Otitis media; Aboriginal ear health; Telehealth

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Participating in National Science Week
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science

Awards

  • 2016 - Student Scientist of the Year, Premier’s Science Awards
  • 2018 - National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship
  • 2018 - Rising Star, Science on the Swan
  • 2019 - Raine/Robson Fellow, Raine Medical Research Foundation
  • 2019 - Young Tall Poppy in Science, Australian Institute of Policy and Science
  • 2020 - 40 under 40 – Woodside Excellence in STEM Award
  • 2020 - Early Career Scientist of the Year, Premier’s Science Awards

Dr Tristan Clemons

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Research Fellow at School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia
Dr Tristan Clemons

Contact

tristan.clemons@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Nanotechnology applications in biology including in cancer, wound healing and scarring

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2013 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year
  • 2014 - WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award (Aus Institute of Policy and Science)
  • 2016 - UWA Faculty of Science Rising Star Award

Dr Adam Cross

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Research Fellow at Curtin University
Dr Adam Cross

Contact

Adam.Cross@curtin.edu.au

Cross Section Ecological 

Expertise

Ecology, Botany, Conservation biology, Restoration ecology, Rehabilitation, Carnivorous plants

Engagement activities       

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science

Awards

  • 2006 – Shenton College Dux of Biology
  • 2011 – Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2012 – The University of Western Australia Postgraduate Travel Award
  • 2014 – Perth Zoo Prize for Conservation Research
  • 2018 – Fresh Science Western Australia Award
  • 2019 – Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year

Dr Jacinta Delhaize

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Postdoctoral researcher at University of Zagreb, Croatia (previously UWA)
Dr Jacinta Delhaize

Contact

jacintadelhaize@gmail.com

Expertise

  • Astronomy
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Galaxies
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Physics

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • TV interviews
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders

Awards

  • 2008 - Student Scientist of the Year

Kirsten Fredericksen (nee Gottschalk)

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Co-Chair of Astronomy WA and Senior Communications Advisor at CSIRO
Kirsten Gottschalk

Contact

Kirsten.fredericksen@csiro.au

Astronomy WA

Expertise

  • Astronomy
  • Science communication
  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Community events
  • Training
  • Media and PR

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science
  • Science teaching resources and professional learning
  • Public science demonstrations and science outreach through engaging resources and activities, including virtual reality, augmented reality, and use of telescopes (day or night)

Awards

  • 2019 – Joint Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year

Professor Kliti Grice

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John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University
Kliti Grace

Contact

K.Grice@curtin.edu.au

Expertise

Earth Sciences, Evolution, Mass Extinctions, Ecology, Geobiology, Biomarkers, Stable C, H, S and N isotopes of organic molecules, Organic Geochemistry, PaleoClimate, Biodiversity Hot Spots, Petroleum, Mineral Exploration, Plant biochemistry, Plants, Algae, Fungi, Archae, Impact crater, Ocean, Climate and Life

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Research program Resilient and Evolving Earth
  • WA Earth Connections- Outreach Program

Fellowship of Academies

  • 2018 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
  • 2013 - Honorary Fellow of the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry
  • 2009 - RACI Fellow

Awards

  • 2001 - International Pieter Schenck Award presented by the European Association of Organic Geochemistry for outstanding contributions in Organic Geochemistry
  • 2002 - Premier's Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science
  • 2002 - JG Russell Award, Australian Academy of Science for QEII research
  • 2013 - Curtin John de Laeter Research Leadership Award
  • 2014 - Organic Geochemistry lifetime achievement medal
  • 2017 - Gibb Maitland medal from the Australian Geological Society for Outstanding Contributions to the Resources sector WA
  • 2017-Morrison Medal, The Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry
  • 2018- The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Medal (2018) for extraordinary contributions to science and science advocacy
  • 2019- Curtin University research and engagement awards - STEM research excellence medal

Dr Myra Keep

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Associate Professor at School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia
Dr Myra Keep

Contact

myra.keep@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Geology, Plate tectonics, Earthquakes, Petroleum in WA, Geology and development in East Timor

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2013 - Science Ambassador of the Year

Professor Ryan Loxton

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Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences, Curtin University
Professor Ryan Loxton

Contact

r.loxton@curtin.edu.au

Expertise

Applied mathematics, Data analytics, Optimisation

Engagement activities

  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • 2014 - Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year
  • 2019 - JH Michell Medal (ANZIAM - Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics)
  • 2020 - Christopher Hedye Medal (Australian Academy of Science)

Mr Warwick Mathews

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Wine maker, After Hours Wine
Mr Warwick Mathews

Contact

warwickmat@gmail.com

Expertise

Science mentorships

Engagement activities

  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

2007 -- Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching - Secondary

Dr Ajmal Mian

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Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The University of Western Australia
Dr Ajmal Mian

Contact

Dr Ajmal Mian 

Expertise

Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Biometrics, Image analysis (including satellite images)

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café

Awards

  • 2012 -- Early Career Scientist of the Year

Professor Harvey Millar

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Director ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at The University of Western Australia
Professor Harvey Millar

Contact

Harvey.millar@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Plant biology, plant biotechnology, respiratory metabolism, protein technology and analysis.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2003 –Premier's Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science
  • 2005 – Prime Minister's Prize – Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
  • 2012 – Academy of Science Fenner Medal
  • 2013 – Charles Albert Shull Award, (USA)
  • Prof Millar was the first Australian to win this award which recognises outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology by a scientist younger than 45.
  • 2014 – Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Scientist (Plant and Animal Science)
  • 2017 – Premier’s Scientist of the Year Award

Dr Hannah Moore

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Head Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Hannah Moore

Contact

hannah.moore@telethonkids.org.au

Telethon Kids Institute - Hannah Moore

Expertise

Data linkage, Epidemiology, Infectious diseases in children, Respiratory infections

Engagement activities

  • Women in Science / Leadership
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2015 – Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year

Professor Robert Newton

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Professor of Exercise Medicine at Edith Cowan University
Professor Robert Newton

Contact

R.Newton@ecu.edu.au 

Exercise Medicine Research

Expertise

Research and clinical practice of exercise medicine as neoadjuvant, adjuvant and rehabilitative cancer therapy to reduce side-effects and enhance effectiveness of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy; the influence of targeted exercise medicine on tumour biology and exercise medicine for reducing decline in quality of life, strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders

Awards

  • 2018 – Cancer Council WA Career Achievement Award
  • 2018 – Western Australian of the Year Finalist
  • 2019 – Premier’s Scientist of the Year

Further information

Professor Newton is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Fellow of the American College of Sprots Medicine, Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Professor Newton has supervised 43 PhD students, 23 Masters Students and 3 Honours students to successful completion. He is currently supervising 12 PhD students and 3 Masters students. Professor Newton has published over 900 scientific papers including 433 refereed scientific journal articles, 450 conference abstracts and papers, three books, 17 book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 79 with his work being cited 22,500 times. Topic of greatest publication output is exercise and cancer for a field-weighted citation impact of 3.00 and prominence percentile of 99.31. As of 2021 Professor Newton had attracted over $38 Million in competitive research funding.

Dr Melissa O’Donnell

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Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
Dr Melissa O'Donnell

Contact

Melissa.O'Donnell@unisa.edu.au

Expertise

Child abuse and neglect; Linked data analysis; Vulnerable children and youth

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science

Awards

  • 2009 - Perron Award for Academic Achievement
  • 2009 - Louisa Alessandri Award for Scientific Publication
  • 2010 - Qantas New Investigator Award
  • 2011 - Australian Academy of Science – NHMRC Early Career Research Award, Attendance at Science at the Shine Dome
  • 2011 - Science meets Parliament – NHMRC Attendee and Travel Award
  • 2011 - National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship
  • 2012 - PhD Supervisor of the Year Award – Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
  • 2015 - Consumer and Community Participation Award – Telethon Kids Institute
  • 2018 - Western Australian Premier’s Early Career Scientist of the Year

Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

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Director Biomedical Innovation at The University of Western Australia and MTPConnect WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub; Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

Contact

kevin.pfleger@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Fostering biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship; understanding how hormones, neurotransmitters and pharmaceuticals work in the body at the molecular and cellular level.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2009 - Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year
  • 2010 - Dimerix Bioscience: Finalist for Western Australian Innovator of the Year
  • 2010 - NHMRC 10 of the Best Research Projects
  • 2011 - Australian Museum 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science
  • 2012 - Endocrine Society Early Investigators Award
  • 2012 - Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2014 - Endocrine Society of Australia's Mid-Career Research Award
  • 2014 - NHMRC Research Excellence Award
  • 2015 - Vice-Chancellor of UWA’s Mid-Career Research Award
  • 2016 - British Pharmacological Society Novartis Prize
  • 2017 - 40under40 Intrapreneur Category winner and City of Perth Strategic Alliance Awards
  • 2018 - UWA Innovation Champion
  • 2018 - ASCEPT Award for Outstanding Contribution and Leadership

Professor Cheryl Praeger

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Professor of Mathematics at The University of Western Australia
Professor Cheryl Praeger

Contact

cheryl.praeger@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Mathematics, women in science.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café

Awards

  • 2005 - WA Women's Hall of Fame
  • 2009 - Scientist of the Year
  • 2015 - Inductee to WA Science Hall of Fame
  • 2019 - Prime Minister's Prize for Science
  • 2021 - Companion, Order of Australia

Ms Karina Price

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Science Communications Officer at ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, The University of Western Australia
Ms Karina Price

Contact

karina.price@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Plant Energy Biology's Science Communications Officer represents the Centre and its researchers, whose expertise lies in plant energy biology including plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics/epigenetics, food security and crop improvement

The Science Communications Officer's expertise lies in science communication, education, outreach, training, media and PR

Engagement activities

  • Public science demonstrations and science outreach through novel resources and activities, including Bio-Bounce inflatable, planetarium movies and virtual reality
  • Participation in significant science outreach events throughout Australia (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Delivery of hands-on school and public workshops
  • Researcher engagement in education and outreach activities such as public lectures, student mentoring, Science Café etc
  • Production of media articles for print or online publication
  • TV and radio interviews
  • Photography exhibits
  • Contributing to science discussion through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Providing laboratory and facility tours to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Providing training and support to PEB researchers to enhance science communication and dialogue with public
  • Science teaching resources and PD

Awards

  • 2013 - Chevron Science Communication Initiative of the Year

Professor Peter Quinn

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Executive Director at International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Professor Peter Quinn

Contact

peter.quinn@icrar.org

Expertise

Astronomy and astrophysics, computational cosmology and large scale supercomputer simulations, data intensive and high performance computing technology, governance and operations of intergovernmental organizations, industrial engagement, global research infrastructures and the design/development/operations of large multinational research facilities

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Planning, supporting and promoting documentary films and TV series on astronomy
  • Currently Game Changer Awards Space Ambassador
  • Supporting large scale and regional community astronomy events through ASTROFEST

Awards

  • 2005 - Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award
  • 2006 - WA Premier’s Fellowship
  • 2007 - Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia
  • 2012 - WA Premier's Scientist of the Year Award
  • 2013 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2016 - University of Wollongong Alumni Award for Research and Innovation
  • 2020 - Australia Day award from City of Wollongong
  • 2021 - Thomson-Reuters High Citation Index list

Mr Richard Rennie

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Science Communicator
Mr Richard Rennie

Contact

science@lightandsound.net.au

Expertise

To research, display and interpret to the public examples of technologies that use light and/or sound, with special emphasis on light and sound technologies that were used for the recording, retrieval and transmission of information. To use these light and sound technologies in educational and entertaining programs for people of all ages

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

2006 - Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Communication

Dr Thomas Russell

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Veni Fellow at University of Amsterdam (previously Curtin University)
Dr Thomas Russell

Contact

tom.david.russell@gmail.com

Expertise

Astronomy, black holes

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Student mentoring for university and high school students

Awards        

  • 2015 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

Professor Christobel Saunders

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Professor Surgical Oncology at The University of Western Australia
Professor Christobel Saunders

Contact

Christobel.saunders@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Cancer, Cancer research

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio, TV and podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Participating in National Science Week
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science

Awards

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Medical and Health Sciences
  • 2010 - The Patron’s Award National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • 2010 - Vice Chancellor’s Incentive Award for High Quality Research, The University of Western Australia
  • 2012 - Highly Cited Researchers and Authors Award
  • 2014 - Western Australia’s Department of Commerce Innovator of the Year Award - Emerging Innovation
  • 2014 - The Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Impact and Innovation, The University of Western Australian
  • 2015 - Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Award, The University of Western Australia
  • 2017 - Premier's Scientist of the Year Award
  • 2018 - WA Women’s Hall of Fame

Professor Ian Small

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Chief Investigator Plant Energy Biology, ARC Centre of Excellence at The University of Western Australia
Professor Ian Small

Contact

ian.small@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

Plant science, molecular agriculture, biodiversity (plants), synthetic biology

Engagement activities

  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2006 - 2010 - WA State Premier's Fellow
  • 2014 - Premier's Scientist of the Year Award

Professor Steven Tingay

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John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University
Professor Steven Tingay

Contact

s.tingay@curtin.edu.au

Expertise

Radio astronomy and astrophysics, engineering and instrument development for radio astronomy, high performance computing and large-scale data processing/management, industry collaboration.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour of facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Participating in National Science Week
  • Holding a science engagement event
  • Presentation or science show at the Perth Science Festival
  • Having a stall at the Perth Science Festival
  • Being a National Science Week Media Ambassador
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum (e.g. Meet the Scientist or Science Cafe)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • Top 10 Emerging Leader in Australian Science: Microsoft Next 100 (2009)
  • Western Australian Science Ambassador of the Year (2012)
  • Curtin University Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Innovation and Excellence Providing Inspirational Leadership (2012)
  • Thomson Reuters Citation and Impact Award for the MWA project (2015)
  • John Curtin Distinguished Professor (2017)
  • Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics

Mrs Brooke Topelberg

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Science teacher at Highgate Primary School
Mrs Brooke Topelberg

Contact

brooke.topelberg@education.wa.edu.au

Expertise

Primary School Science

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2010 - Science Educator of the Year - Primary
  • 2011 - Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

Ms Joanne Watkins

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Chief Executive Officer at Australian Earth Science Education (formerly Earth Science WA)
AESE

Contact

 

ceo@ausearthed.com.au

Australian Earth Science Education

Expertise     

Earth Science Education

Engagement activities

  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Assisting with science engagement events (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Small group discussions
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews

Awards

  • 2015 - Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year

Karen de San Miguel Wellington

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CoderDojo Lead at the Fogarty Foundation
Karen de San Miguel Wellington

Contact

karentwellington@gmail.com

Coder Dojo

Expertise

Social Innovation, Science, Technology and Society (STS), Diversity in Technology, Sustainable Community Development, Systems and Resilience Thinking, Complex Adaptive Systems, Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Development, 21st Century Skill Development, Social and Relational Capital, Evidence-Based Mentoring, Social, Connected and Networked Learning, Program Development and Evaluation.

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Participating in National Science Week: holding a science engagement event, being a National Science Week Media Ambassador
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum (e.g. Meet the Scientist or Science Café)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • STEM Engagement Evaluation & Strategy Consulting

Awards

  • 2016 - Westpac Social Change Fellowship
  • 2017 - Murdoch University Learning Excellence Academy Student Fellow
  • 2017 - Premier’s Science Award, Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year (for CoderDojo WA)

Professor David White

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Shell EMI Professor of Offshore Engineering at The University of Western Australia
Professor David White

Contact

david.white@uwa.edu.au

Expertise     

Offshore engineering, Oil and gas industry, Offshore decommissioning, Offshore renewables, Industry-academia collaboration, Geotechnical engineering

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • 2011 - Early Career Scientist of the Year
  • 2011 - Tall Poppy Award
  • 2015 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2015 - Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Mark Zammit

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Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Labs (previously Curtin University)
Dr Mark Zammit

Contact

mzammit@lanl.gov

Expertise     

Atomic and molecular physics, which has applications in astrophysics, radiotherapy for treating cancers, plasma and fusion technology

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)
  • Holding a science engagement event (e.g. as part of National Science Week)
  • Public science demonstrations (e.g. as part of National Science Week)

Awards

  • 2014 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

Dr Todd Bond

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Research Associate at the University of Western Australia
premier's science awards student scientist of the year 2020

Contact

todd.bond@uwa.edu.au

Expertise     

Marine science, fish ecology, decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure, artificial structures, baited remote underwater stereo-video (BRUV)

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • 2020 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year
  • 2018 - Robson and Robertson Award UWA  

Morgan Cox

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PhD Candidate at Curtin University
premier's science awards student scientist of the year 2020

Contact

morgan.cox@uwa.edu.au

Expertise     

Geology, impact cratering, early Earth

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Small group discussions such as a Science Café
  • Radio or podcast interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • 2020 - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

Dr Arman Siahvashi

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact

arman.siahvashi@uwa.edu.au

Expertise

  • Low and zero-carbon fuels such as LNG and hydrogen
  • Thermodynamics of fluids
  • Cryogenic fluids
  • Experimental design

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Participating in National Science Week
    • Presentation or science show during National Science Week
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum (e.g. Meet the Scientist or Science Café)

  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year 2021
  • Forrest Research Foundation Fellowship 2020
  • Fulbright Fellowship 2020
  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year 2020 (finalist)
  • International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics: IACT Junior Awards 2020
  • One of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers (Engineers Australia) 2019
  • WA Innovator of the Year 2019 (finalist) – Oil and Gas category
  • National Measurement Institute Prize 2018
  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year 2018
  • WA Innovator of the Year 2018 (finalist) – Oil and Gas category

Niamh Troy

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PhD student at the University of Western Australia

Contact

Niamh.troy@telethonkids.org.au

Expertise

  • How the innate immune system deals with respiratory viruses
  • Tapping into the innate immune system to prevent lung infections
  • Babies immune systems and development of asthma
  • Systems Biology

Engagement Activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Providing a lab tour or facility visit to key stakeholders
  • Participating in National Science Week
    • Holding a science engagement event
  • Presentation or science show during National Science Week
  • Having a stall at National Science Week
  • Being a National Science Week Media Ambassador
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum (e.g. Meet the Scientist or Science Café)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year at Premier’s Scientist of the Year Award 2021
  • International Cytokine and Interferon Society Milstein Travel Award 2021
  • European Congress of Immunology Bright Spark Award 2021
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology Carers Award 2021
  • Stan and Jean Perron Award for Excellence in Research 2020
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology Women’s Initiative Travel Award 2019
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology Annual Meeting Award 2019
  • European Molecular Biology (EMBL) Australia short term travel grant 2019
  • National Asthma Australia PhD Scholarship 2017
  • Stan and Jean Perron Top-Up Scholarship award 2017 
  • International Congress of Immunology (ICI) Travel Bursary 2016 
  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Oral Presentation Award 2016 
  • Raine Study Annual Scientific Meeting Oral Presentation Award 2016 
  • Telethon Kids Annual Student Symposium Best Oral Presentation Award 2018
  • European Molecular Biology (EMBL) Australia short term travel grant 2019

Timothy Keely

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STEM Outreach Coordinator at Curtin University

Contact

t.keely@curtin.edu.au

Expertise

  • Community engagement
  • STEM awareness
  • Public speaking
  • Youth advocate,
  • Project development

Engagement Activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Contributing to discussion through social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter)
  • Participating in National Science Week
  • Being a National Science Week Media Ambassador

Awards

  • 2021 Premier's Science Awards - Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year
     

Ed Litton

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Intensive Care Specialist at Fiona Stanley Hospital and UWA

Contact

ed_litton@hotmail.com

Expertise

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Quality Registries

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Writing articles for print or online publication
  • Participating in National Science Week
    •    Holding a science engagement event
  • Presentation or science show during National Science Week
  • Being a National Science Week Media Ambassador
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum (e.g. Meet the Scientist or Science Café)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • Early Career Scientist of the Year (2021)
  • Don Harrion Medal (top mark in College of Intensive Care Medicine Fellowship exam 2009)

Dan Curran

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Student Doctor at Curtin Medical School

Contact

daniel.g.curran@student.curtin.edu.au

Expertise

  • Indigenous Health
  • Medicine

Engagement activities

  • Presentations such as public lectures or panel discussions
  • Radio interviews
  • TV interviews
  • Podcast interviews
  • Participating in National Science Week
  • Informal small group discussions in a science centre or museum (e.g. Meet the Scientist or Science Café)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about science (e.g. talks or workshops in schools)

Awards

  • 2021 – Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year, Premier’s Science Awards
  • 2019 – Top Achiever Award, Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course
  • 2019 – Dean’s Academic Excellence Award, Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course
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