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  Last updated September 28, 2017 at 11:51 am

The Eureka Prizes is one of the biggest nights for Australian science and highlights all the incredible work coming out of Australia!

The prestigious and glamourous 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes were announced with much flair at the Australian Museum on Wednesday night.

The annual event invites hundreds of finalists across 16 categories ranging from research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science, all to celebrate Australian science.





Below are some of the winners.

The 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science went to Prof Salah Sukkarieh.

“Professor Salah Sukkarieh’s leadership successfully translates cutting-edge robotics and intelligent systems research into real-world applications. Working across aviation, agriculture, mining, aerospace and logistics, his work places Australian innovations in autonomous systems on the global map.”



Bacteria Busters, Prof Elena Ivanvoa and Prof Saulius Juodkazis from Swinburne University of Technology, won the 2017 UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.

Their work “shows that mimicking the nanomorphology of insect wings is an effective method of preventing bacterial colonisation. Their unique approach of providing a physical, rather than chemical means of killing bacteria, could have a huge impact on public health worldwide.”



The Ngukurr Wi Stadi bla Kantri (We Study the Country) Research Team won the 2017 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. This project sees collaboration between scientists, Indigenous rangers, and Indigenous students to protect their environment with both cultural knowledge. They’ve discovered a new species and found new populations of threatened species.

Related article: Indigenous rangers protect country



It was great to see Professor Alan Cooper from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA take the 2017 UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research for the Aboriginal Heritage Project. This project is reconstructing the vast history of people in Australia, and making a valuable contribution to the Reconciliation process.

Related video: Learn about the what, why and how-to of interdisciplinary research.



We’d like to end a special shout out to the winners behind the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism for the documentary series, Becoming Superhuman. This film was screened around Australia as part of the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival community screenings in mid-August for National Science Week.







Congratulations again to all the winners and finalists! We can’t wait to be celebrating Australian science all over again in October for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science!







For a full list of the winners, visit the Australian Museum website.

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Kelly Wong
Contributing editor for News + Events and the online producer at Australia's Science Channel. I have a background in immunology, food blogging, volunteering, and social media. I'm passionate about creating communities on social media and getting them excited about science. I enjoy good food and I am on an eternal mission to find the best ice cream. Find me on Twitter @kellyyyllek


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