Our WA award winners
We are very proud of our Western Australian individuals, companies and organisations that have won prestigious awards in the areas of science, innovation, industry and export. Find out more about our awards winners.
- BioGENEius Challenge competition winners
- Science Hall of Fame inductees
- WA Industry and Export Award winners
- WA Innovator of the Year Award winners
- WA Science Awards winners
The BioGENEius Challenge provides an opportunity for motivated and talented high school students to undertake outstanding research in the field of biotechnology. Participating students are paired with one of WA’s world-class biotechnology scientists who mentor them through a high-level biotechnology research project.
Winners of the 2011 BioGENEius Challenge are:
- Ailsa Brown from Perth Modern
- Clare Moran from St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls
Find out more about the 2011 winners on page 9 of our State of the future Magazine, Edition 17.
To find out more about BioGENEius, including detailed information about past winners, please visit th BioGENEius website.
Induction into the Science Hall of Fame recognises meritorious contribution to the science community over an extended period of time. Inductees to the WA Science Hall of Fame receive a plaque but no financial reward.
2010 Science Hall of Fame Inductee: Professor Fiona Stanley
Professor Fiona Stanley is an Epidemiologist noted for her work on Cerebral Palsy and children’s health. Her work in relation to Aboriginal health encouraged a renewed focus on epidemiology and public health.
Fiona has espoused the importance of using population data to provide significant health, social and economic benefits to the community. She is the founding director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR).
Fiona is the CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, and is Professor of Paediatrics at UWA. Winthrop Professor Stanley’s research includes: strategies to improve health and well-being in populations; causes and prevention of birth defects and major neurological disorders including cerebral palsies; the causes of and lifelong consequences of low birth weight; and patterns of maternal and child health in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. The new state-of-the-art hospital being constructed at Murdoch is to be named the Fiona Stanley Hospital in honour of her achievements. Professor Stanley is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
Fiona was named Australian of the Year in 2003.
2009 Science Hall of Fame Inductee: Professor Ian Constable
Professor Ian Constable AO - Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Western Australiais recognised as one of the world’s leading ophthalmic surgeons. He is the founder of the Lions Eye Institute and, under his guidance, the institute has delivered ground-breaking discoveries and developments in eye research, including the LEI artificial cornea, which is granting sight to people all around the world.
Professor Constable was also instrumental in his role as chair of the science advisory councils to the State Government in recommending funding priorities and establishing the WA Energy Research Alliance, the Western Australian Marine Science Institution and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.
2008 Science Hall of Fame Inductee: Emeritus Professor John de Laeter
Professor John de Laeter has been recognised for his dedication to advancing science education and influencing the direction of physical sciences research internationally.For more information please visit: http://about.curtin.edu.au/history/delaeter.cfm
Other inductees for 2008 include:
Scitech – for increasing interest and participation by Western Australians in science and technology over the past 20 years.For more information visit: www.scitech.org.au/
Professor Barry Marshall – for dedicated service to research, recognised in the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for the discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori as a cause of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.For more information visit: www.postgraduate.uwa.edu.au/research-leaders/marshall
Dr Robin Warren – for dedicated service to research, recognised in the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for the discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori as a cause of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.For more information visit: www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2005/index.html
The Western Australian Industry and Export Awards are the State's most prestigious business awards. They acknowledge the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, large and small, in reaching new markets.
2010 award winners:
- C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering: Imaging the South
- Marketing and Design Excellence Award: The Perth Mint
- Innovation Excellence Award: Western Mineral Fertilisers
- Emerging Exporter Award: Silver Trowel Trade Training
- Small Business Export Award: Epichem Pty Ltd
- Small to Medium Manufacturer Export Award: MineARC Systems
- Large Advanced Manufacturer Export Award: Matrix Composites & Engineering Ltd
- Agribusiness Export Award: Wescobee
- Information & Communication Technology Export Award: Micromine
- Services Export Award: Silverise
- Minerals and Energy Export Award: Dampier Salt Limited
- Education and Training Export Award: Navitas
- Premier’s Award for Excellence: Matrix Composites & Engineering Ltd
The 2011 awards program is currently underway. For more information, including finalists, visit the WA Industry and Export Awards website.
The Innovator of the Year awards support the State’s exceptional innovators who have developed an outstanding product, technology or service in the start-up or growth phase that demonstrates an economic, social or environmental benefit to Western Australia.
Winners of the 2010 awards program:
- Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year: AMC - Solids Control Unit. For more information visit www.amcmud.com or www.imdexlimited.com
- Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year (Start-up Category Winner): Firstphysio – HALODigital Goniometer. For more information ivistwww.halotherapyequipment.com
- Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year (Growth Category): Metro Power Company - E2m - Managing Energy Complexity for the Smart Grid. For more information visit www.metropower.com.au
- Woodside Oil and Gas Encouragement Award Winner: J P Kenny - Vertical Strategic Anchor System (VSAS). For more information visit www.jpkenny.com
- Charles Morgan Innovator Award Winner: Flexipole Industries - NACFlex - Natural Alternative Composite. For more information visit www.flexipole.com
To find out more about past winners, including the 2011 program, visit the WA Innovator of the Year Awards website.
The Western Australian Science Awards honour the outstanding and groundbreaking achievements of Western Australia's science and innovation community and recognise the important role of science in Western Australia.
The awards cover all fields of science, including the natural, medical, applied and technological sciences, engineering and mathematical sciences.
Winners of the 2010 science awards program are:
- Western Australian Scientist of the Year: Winthrop Professor Michael Tobar
- Western Australian Early Career Scientist of the Year: Winthrop Professor Eric May
- Western Australian Science Educator of the Year – Secondary: Lynette Hillier
- Western Australian Science Educator of the Year – Primary: Brooke Topelberg
- Western Australian Science Outreach Initiative of the Year: Marine Discovery West and the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre
To find out more about past winners of the WA science awards and information on the 2011 program, visit the WA Science Awards website.