Awards celebrate UQs research stars

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UQ researchers and research supervisors have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in a range of fields at the 2018 UQ Research Week awards

A roll-call of high calibre researchers and research supervisors has been recognised for outstanding contributions in a range of fields at The University of Queensland 2018 Research Week awards.

A gala event at Customs House last night celebrated the diversity and quality of research undertaken at UQ, featuring projects spanning treatment of severe influenza, greenhouse gas emissions, flat solar battery storage and affordable housing construction.

Twelve researchers, three research teams and five research supervisors were acknowledged across three categories – UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards, Partners in Research Excellence Awards, and Awards for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision.

The awards were presented by UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj and guest speaker Great Barrier Reef Foundation Managing Director Anna Marsden, along with UniQuest CEO Dr Dean Moss.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Bronwyn Harch said UQ was proud of its exceptional researchers and research mentors.

“These awards give us the opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of research occurring at UQ,” Professor Harch said.

“We’re able shine a light on some of our incredible researchers and research supervisors who are creating change locally, nationally and internationally.

“I’m excited that we can also highlight and thank our UQ industry collaborators.

These research linkages with industry partners are mutually beneficial and mean people all around the world can benefit from UQ innovation.

The UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards – now in their 20th year – recognise excellence and the promise of future success for UQ’s early to mid-career researchers.

The 2018 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards winners are:

Dr Kirsty Short – Faculty of Science

 

Dr Joe Gattas – Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

 

Dr Sonia Henriques – Institute for Molecular Bioscience

 

Dr Tom Aechtner – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Dr Sherry Wu – Faculty of Medicine

 

Dr Bin Luo – Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

 

Dr Alison Crowther – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Dr Richard Robinson – Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

 

Dr Liu Ye – Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

The Partners in Research Excellence Awards – co-hosted by UQ’s main commercialisation company, UniQuest – recognise outstanding industry-UQ collaborations that have benefitted industry and the community.

The 2018 Partners in Research Excellence Awards winners are:

Engineering, Materials and Information and Communications Technology

Professor Ross McAree and Caterpillar Inc

 

Health

Professor Len Gray with Oy RAISoft Ltd and Queensland Health

 

Science

Professor Craig Franklin and Australia Zoo

 

Social enterprise

Associate Professor Kim Nichols and Professor Robyn Gillies with Queensland Museum Network, Shell QGC and Queensland Department of Education

We would also like to congratulate our two commended teams:

Professor Kerrie Wilson and Dr Luke Shoo with the City of Gold Coast (Faculty of Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions)

Associate Professor Steve Kenway, Professor Paul Lant, Professor Brian Head, Amanda Binks, Julijana Bors and Associate Professor Kate O'Brien with the formerly known Smart Water Fund (Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

 

The UQ Awards for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision recognise outstanding performance in supervising, mentoring and training HDR candidates.

The 2018 Excellence in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision winners are:

Professor Joanne Meers – Faculty of Science

 

Professor Lianzhou Wang – Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, and UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

 

Associate Professor Helen Huang - Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

 

Associate Professor Thomas Burne – Queensland Brian Institute

 

The Emerging Adviser Award recognises the special achievement of an early career staff member in supervising, mentoring and training HDR candidates.

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