WA Premier’s Science Award winners announced
The awards are held during National Science Week each year to recognise the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place across WA.
The 2019 Premier’s Science Awards winners and Hall of Fame Inductee were announced at an Awards Ceremony on 13 August 2019.
We’ll be talking to them over the coming week to bring you the stories behind their incredible work.
Joint winners of the Scientist of the Year
(L-R): Professor Robert Newton, WA Science Minister Dave Kelly and Professor Phil Bland
WA Premier Mark McGowan gave special mention to the pair in a statement, saying “Professor Phil Bland has advanced our understanding of the solar system and Professor Newton has improved the quality of life for cancer survivors.”
Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year
Dr Adam Cross (Curtin University), a passionate ecologist and conservationist whose research transforms sterile mining landscapes into healthy ecosystems.
ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year
Ms Jessica Kretzmann (The University of Western Australia), a PhD candidate focusing on the design and evaluation of new gene therapies that have the potential to revolutionise cancer treatment and avoid traditional side effects of chemotherapy.
Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year
Ms Sharynne Hamilton (The University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute), PhD candidate seeking to merge western neurodevelopmental science with the social determinants of Aboriginal health to provide a framework which promotes healing in Western Australian communities.
Listen to our interview with Sharynne to find out more.
Joint winners of the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year
Astrofest and Perth Observatory
Western Australian Science Hall of Fame inductee
Professor Carol Bower, Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Research Australia Centre for Research Excellence (Telethon Kids Institute).