Meet some of the fantastic Eureka Prizes finalists – learn about their work in science, their career journeys and celebrate their Eureka moments.
Get a chance to engage with scientists, experts and educators during our Meet the Expert program series for school and university students. Held once a term, this program series offers a special opportunity to hear directly from Australian Museum and industry experts and have all your questions answered!
This term we will be meeting some of the finalists of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. The Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.
The program will be hosted online via Zoom. An email with the link to join and any further information will be sent to you by the Australian Museum at least two days before your session.
IS THIS A FREE EVENT? Yes
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Australian Museum
Dr Sophie Calabretto
Defence Innovation Network
Dr Sophie Calabretto is an applied mathematician, fluid mechanist, and science writer. She currently works as a Associate Director with the Defence Innovation Network having transitioned from academia as part of the Defence NAVIGATE program. Dr Calabretto is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, and Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Leicester. She also hosts ‘The Science Briefing’, a podcast about the science of everything, produced by LiSTNR and The Royal Institution of Australia. She’s been recognised for her excellent work as a science communicator, being awarded one of the ABC’s ‘Top 5 Under 40’ researchers in 2017, and a finalist in the Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science in 2019 and 2020.
Dr Kate Brandis
Dr Kate Brandis is an applied ecologist with over 20 years experience researching the waterbirds, wetlands and rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin in eastern Australia.
Her team, the Waterbirds Aerial Survey Team, were the winners of the 2023 NSW Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research. They have conducted one of the largest and longest-running wildlife surveys in the world. As well as influencing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and nomination and management of Ramsar-listed wetlands, their data has contributed to the gazettal of three new national parks, and conservation of waterbirds and freshwater ecosystems, including rivers.
Dr Ricky Spencer
Western Sydney University
Dr Ricky Spencer is a zoologist and researcher of vertebrate pest control methodologies, working on the ‘Turtle Crisis” in the Murray River, as well as evaluating optimal fox management strategies for managing nest predation on turtles and water birds.
His team, 1 Million Turtles, were the winners of the 2023 Department of Industry, Science and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. The 1 Million Turtle Team’s Community Conservation Program uses the TurtleSAT app to involve citizen scientists in hands-on activities such as habitat construction and restoration, nest protection and fox management. Emphasising STEM literacy and First Nations knowledge, the Australia-wide program has influenced policy, and saved over 1000 freshwater turtles and 200 nests in 2022 alone.
Dr Iman Roohani
Dr Iman Roohani is a biomedical engineer who has developed several novel biomaterials for the treatment of bone defects and orthopaedic implants.
His team, the UNSW Bone Ink Printing Team, was a finalist for the 2023 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for their use of 3D printing technology to construct living cell-laden structures that closely replicate real bones. With potential for directly repairing or replacing patients’ bones, this breakthrough offers substantial promise in the fields of regenerative medicine, orthopaedics and dentistry.