September 6, 2017
Eight South Australian researchers have been recognised as Tall Poppies!
The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards celebrate the achievements of young Australian researchers with a passion for science communication. This year, eight Tall Poppies were chosen from The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia and Flinders University. The research outcomes of these amazing South Australians are diverse including neuroscience, wound healing, salinity and cephalopods.
The recipients were announced at a special event at Government House on 25 July, attended by the Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and dignitaries. The 2017 Tall Poppies are:
- Dr Lisa Beatty (Flinders University)
- Dr Jayakumar Bose (University of Adelaide)
- Dr Frances Corrigan (University of Adelaide)
- Dr Zoe Doubleday (University of Adelaide)
- Dr Kate Fennell (University of South Australia)
- Dr Zlatko Kopecki (University of South Australia)
- Dr Ashleigh Smith (University of South Australia)
- Dr Laura Weyrich (University of Adelaide)
In addition to being named a Young Tall Poppy, Dr Laura Weyrich was also awarded the 2017 SA Tall Poppy of the Year. Dr Weyrich is a pioneer in ancient DNA, researching dental plaques of ancient human specimens. The bacteria composing the dental plaques tell a story of human lifestyle, diet, climate and environment over ancient times.
The SA Young Tall Poppies represent the state’s best and brightest. Over the next year, they will embark on an outreach program to promote interest, study and careers in science among school students, teachers and the broader community.