August 17, 2016

Professor Alan Cooper of the University of Adelaide has been awarded the 2016 Scientist of the Year Award.

The award was announced in Adelaide on Friday August 12th at a gala lunch during National Science Week 2016.

The Science Excellence Awards is South Australia’s premier event to recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education.

Professor Alan Cooper built the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) into an internationally leading research centre studying issues ranging from Aboriginal genetic heritage to the impacts of environmental change and the evolution of human diseases. He has led many large international multi-disciplinary studies and created major new research areas, including the first genome of an extinct species, and reconstructing the genomic history of Europe. An ARC Laureate Fellow, his work regularly features in the highest profile journals and global media. By creating detailed pictures of climate change, human history, and disease his work will be critical to Australia’s future.

Winners in other categories in the 2016 Science Excellence Awards were:

  • PhD Research Excellence
    Dr Phiala Shanahan, University of Adelaide
  • Excellence in Research Collaboration 
    Dr Michelle Wirthensohn, University of Adelaide
  • Early Career STEM Educator of the Year – School Teaching
    Ms Charlene McGrath, Aberfoyle Hub R-7
  • Early Career STEM Educator of the Year – Tertiary Teaching
    Dr Lyndsay Collins-Praino, University of Adelaide
  • Tall Poppy of the Year
    Dr Justin Chalker, Flinders University



Learn more about Alan’s research via stories published at The Lead South Australia.

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