Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, Professor Andy Pitman and Dr Adriana Vergés and scientists in the Operation Crayweed Team have been named as finalists in this year's Eureka prizes, Australia's most high profile science awards.
In all, a record 12 UNSW and UNSW-affiliated researchers and teams have been nominated for the awards, which recognise excellence in research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.
UNSW's researchers are drawn from the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine, including from the Kirby Institute, Children’s Cancer Institute, and the George Institute.
Leading the field as a finalist in two categories is Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, who is nominated as Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, and also for the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.
UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Nicholas Fisk said the result betters the University’s record of 10 finalists achieved in 2008.
“This impressive field of finalists demonstrates the depth and diversity of the impressive research talent we have across UNSW,” he said.
“Scientia Professor Justin Gooding is in the running for two prizes, both with his team developing a wearable sunscreen sensor and for his outstanding work to role model positive leadership and entrepreneurial thinking.
“I congratulate all finalists on being recognised among our nation’s very best in science and wish them the best of luck.”
The winners of the 'Oscars of Australian science' will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on 30 August.
The UNSW Science finalists are: