AM Eureka Prize 2022 45 finalists announced
2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes finalists, Australian Museum, 27 July 2022
45 entries were shortlisted for 14 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
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The Australian Museum (AM) has announced the 45 finalists selected for Australia’s leading science awards, the 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Finalists from almost every state and territory across Australia are in the running for 14 AM Eureka Prizes in four categories, including excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement and School Science.
The Eureka Prizes are the nation’s premier science awards, offering $140,000 in prize money across a broad spectrum of research, from environmental to innovative technologies, citizen science, leadership and mentoring.
Research & Innovation
NSW Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research
Griffith University and University of Western Australia
Integrating nature-based water management systems into urban design has many social and environmental benefits for the community. Such benefits are often overlooked when projects are evaluated for funding because financial impact is prioritised. INFFEWS changes this by providing comprehensive social, environmental and financial evaluation for balanced decisions.
Sheriden Morris, Dr David Westcott, Dr Cameron Fletcher, Dr Mary Bonin and Dr Suzanne Long
Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef faces many threats, including outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish. In a world first, this team brought together by the National Environmental Science Program successfully applied principles of land-based Integrated Pest Management to effectively control this marine pest. On-water implementation of their research is already successfully defending live coral on the Reef.
Australian National University
Large-scale studies conducted over two decades have enabled Sustainable Farms to identify how biodiversity responds to management changes on farms, and to share these insights with farmers. This research has also informed BirdCast, a digital tool that enables land managers to access the science and predict which birds may live in woodlands under different scenarios.
Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research
The Extreme Heat and Health Adaptation Team
University of Adelaide
Heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense, posing significant health risks for Australians, particularly the elderly and chronically ill. Researchers collaborated with government agencies and migrant communities to develop and implement an innovative heat health warning system. Communicating warning messages can reduce the likelihood of heat-related illnesses and injury and improve workplace safety during heatwaves.
Professor Manfred Lenzen, Professor David Raubenheimer, Dr Arunima Malik, Dr Mengyu Li and Navoda Liyana Pathirana
University of Sydney
What we eat affects both individual and environmental health. Researchers from fields spanning economics, engineering and nutrition have developed advanced data modelling techniques to trace billions of supply chains, linking food producers and consumers. Their work highlights the drivers of dietary choice and is informing policy for the United Nations and other international bodies.
RPA Institute of Academic Surgery; University of Wollongong; and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Ear reconstruction can involve several complex procedures, especially for children with congenital conditions. The NEW EARS team of scientists, clinicians and biomedical engineers has developed a single-step solution. Their technique combines innovative materials and prosthetics with new 3D bioprinting technology, creating the potential for low-cost reconstructive treatment globally.
See also: 2022 Eureka Prizes Award Ceremony