ACT Scientist of the Year Award

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ACT Scientist of the Year Award

The annual ACT Scientist of the Year Award recognises the achievements of an 'up and coming' scientists 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.

2016 ACT Scientist of the Year Award

Dr Ceridwen Fraser was named the 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year by Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA at a ceremony as part of National Science Week.

Dr Fraser’s internationally renowned 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.

Her interest in finding out how species get around, crossing oceans and mountain ranges, as well as what role Antarctic volcanoes have played in helping life to survive on the icy continent, has been critical in understanding where species can and can’t live.

2015 ACT Scientist of the Year Award

Dr Colin Jackson was announced as the inaugural ACT Scientist of the Year by Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA during a ceremony at Questacon in August 2015.

Dr Jackson is a Future Fellow in the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University, whose research combines the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. Dr Jackson is working to find solutions to real-world problems.

Contact Us

For any queries please contact:

ACT Scientist of the Year Award Secretariat
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
ACT Government
Email: scientistofyear@act.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6205 3031.