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2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards

Tonsley Innovation District will host the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards on Friday 26th of November in the Main Assembly Building (MAB) Town Square. Last year’s winners include Micro-X and Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program both residing at Tonsley.

The SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards showcases the critical importance of science, research and innovation to the development of industry and society as a whole.

The Awards provide a remarkable opportunity to recognise the work of inspiring Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) leaders and teams working in research and education institutions, schools, industry and the community.

The Awards are a significant occasion in South Australia’s science calendar and are recognised as the premier science showcase event highlighting the diversity of scientific endeavour and research in this State.

Nominees for 2021 Awards

Scientist of the Year

Professor Timothy Hughes
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) / The University of Adelaide

Professor Helen Marshall
The University of Adelaide

Professor Shizhang Qiao
The University of Adelaide


Innovator of the Year

Professor David Lewis and Associate Professor Jonathan Campbell, Flinders University

Associate Professor Justin Chalker
Flinders University

Dr Chia-Chi Chien
OminiWell Pty Ltd


STEMM Educator of the Year – University or Registered Training Organisation

Dr Richard Lilly
The University of Adelaide

Professor Giselle Rampersad
Flinders University

Associate Professor Kirstin Ross
Flinders University


Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration

Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML)
Industry Solutions
The University of Adelaide

Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development (CMBD)
Flinders University

STEM Fast Track, Micro-X and Flinders University Collaboration

View here for all category nominations.



Video - the 2020 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards finalists discuss the complex realities of a pandemic response and what the COVID-19 experience has taught us

Video - Micro-X Carbon Nano Tube Project Team Winner of the 2020 Innovator of the Year


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