Annual science gala recognises excellence across four categories

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Minister Andrews with the award-winning QuestaGame team

On Wednesday, 29 August 2018, the annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes once again shone a bright light on excellence in the fields of science engagement, school science, research and innovation, and leadership.

At the Gala Awards Dinner, former mechanical engineer and newly-appointed Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP introduced herself to the room of nearly 600 science leaders. “My name is Karen Andrews” she announced, “and I have been Science Minister for less than 36 hours.” According to astronomer and popular science communicator, Associate Professor Alan Duffy, this address kicked-off the evening with ‘massive applause’.

“Science has always been very near and dear to my heart,” Minister Andrews continued. “Science has been my passion since I was very young.” This year, 47 entries were shortlisted to award a total of 16 Eureka Prizes. Among them were two prizes sponsored by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

On behalf of the department, Minister Andrews proudly presented both prizes. The Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science was awarded to the creators of an outdoor gaming app, QuestaGame, which motivates users to engage with biodiversity. And, the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism was awarded to Adam Geiger for his documentary about the Great Barrier Reef.

Other 2018 Eureka Prize winners included Associate Professor Alan Duffy for his work in promoting understanding of science, and Professor Nalini Joshi AO for being an outstanding mentor of young researchers.

“It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to recognise the hard work of Australia’s scientists, researchers, science communicators and science leaders,” Minister Andrews said.

“Just as we have our sporting champions, these winners are champions of science. I commend the Australian Museum and congratulate the winners and all those nominated for their excellent efforts.”

Learn about all the 2018 Eureka Prize winners.

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