Outstanding performance in research is recognised by various international and national award schemes.

Here are a few selected examples of awards and honours granted in 2015–16 that demonstrate our effectiveness in research and its application in industry, and the community and calibre of our people.

Order of Australia

The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. In 2016, five CSIRO staff and affiliates were recognised.

Companion of the Order (AC)

Professor Brian David Anderson for eminent service to information and communications technology, to engineering and to higher education, as an academic, researcher and author, to professional scientific associations, and as a mentor of young scientists.

Officer of the Order (AO)

The late Dr Michael Raupach for distinguished service to science in Australia and internationally as a leader and researcher into climate change and land systems, and to professional organisations.

Dr Thomas Joseph Higgins for distinguished service to agricultural biotechnology as a biologist and researcher, particularly in the area of plant nutritional value and resistance to pests and disease, and to professional scientific organisations.

Dr Craig Mudge for his distinguished service to science, particularly through pioneering initiatives in the information technology sector, as a researcher and author, and as a mentor of young scientists.

Medal of the Order (OAM)

John Sarkissian for service to astronomy.

Thomson Reuters ‘The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’

This annual citation analysis identifies the scientists – as determined by their fellow researchers – who have made the most significant global impact within their respective field of study.

Dr John Manners and Dr Kemal Kazan were named among the most cited authors in their field, Plant and Animal Science.

Dr Ezio Rizzardo and Dr Graeme Moad were named among the most cited authors in Chemistry

Dr Brian Walker was named among the most cited authors in Social Sciences, General.

Nature Biotechnology top 20 translational researchers

The Nature Biotechnology Top 20 translational researchers ranking highlights scientists whose work and patents facilitate new discoveries and advances in medicine and healthcare. The ranking is based on an examination of the year’s most active scientists for patenting.

Dr Surinder Singh is the only Australian researcher named among the Top 20. He and team members in the Plant Oil Engineering Group were awarded 10 separate United States patents in 2014.

Australian Academy of Science John Booker Medal

The Australian Academy of Science John Booker Medal in Engineering Science recognises outstanding research in the sciences that underpin chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical or materials engineering, and their associated disciplines.

Dr Paolo Falcaro was awarded the medal this year for his research achievement and impact in engineering nanoparticles and ultra-porous crystals for medical and environmental applications.

Australian academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Fellowship

ATSE Fellows are some of the most influential names in technological sciences and engineering, responsible for a number of key technological advancements over the past 40 years. Two CSIRO staff were elected Fellows in 2015.

Dr Paul Cleary was elected Fellow for his significant impact on the development and worldwide adoption of particle-based methods for modelling fluid and particles flows.

Dr Jennifer Stauber was recognised for being Australia’s foremost ecotoxicologist, who pioneered the development and application of environmental assessment techniques for contaminants for regulators and industry.

Australian Academy of Science Fellowship

The Australian Academy of Science is an organisation of Australia’s top research scientists, founded on 16 February 1954. In 2016 they elected three CSIRO staff as Fellows, owing to their outstanding contributions to science and research.

Dr John Kirkegaard was elected for major contributions towards improving global agricultural productivity. His innovations in conservation farming systems have greatly increased the effectiveness with which crops use water and nutrients.

Dr Anna Koltunow was elected Fellow for making outstanding contributions to understanding plant reproduction. She discovered mechanisms controlling seedless fruit formation and has generated seedless fruit in crops.

Professor Toby Walsh was elected for his important contributions to artificial intelligence, constraint programming and computational social choice, as well as the theory and practice of how optimisation problems are solved in industry.

Australian Marine Sciences Association Awards

Each year the Australian Marine Sciences Association presents awards to individuals, recognising outstanding contributions to marine science in Australia. 

Dr Barry Bruce received the Jubilee Award, honouring a scientist who has made a significant contribution to marine research in Australian during their career.

Ms Lesley Clementson was recipient of the Technical Award, recognising outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia and emphasising the value of technical and logistical support services which make research possible.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science, and science journalism and communication. Three of our teams were finalists in 2015.

The Marine Debris Team was a finalist for the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. The team applied interdisciplinary research towards understanding the sources and distribution of marine debris, and was able to translate scientific information into effective policy and behavioural change.

The BioCode team was a finalist for the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. The team used ‘omics’ approaches to unravel the insulin/IGF1 signalling pathway that plays essential roles in health, obesity and diseases such as diabetes.

Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith, of CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division, was a finalist for the Department of Industry and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. Lisa was nominated for bringing astronomy and its real-world impacts to life, particularly for girls and Indigenous Australians.

L’Oréal Australia for Women in Science Fellowship

The L’Oréal Australia for Women in Science Fellowships recognise outstanding early-career female scientists, helping them consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science.

Dr Shari Breen received a Fellowship in 2015 to develop her use of masers to investigate the evolution of high mass stars using the Parkes radio telescope.

Soil Science Australia Prescott Medal

The Prescott medal is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to soil science.

Dr Gupta Vadakattu was awarded the medal in recognition of his impact and achievements throughout his career. Gupta’s research focuses on genetic diversity, functional capability and resilience of soil biota in agricultural soils.

Royal Horticulture Society Westonbirt Orchid Medal

The Royal Horticulture Society Westonbirt Orchid Medal is awarded annually to an individual for any scientific, literary or any other outstanding personal achievement in connection with orchids.

Dr Mark Clements has been awarded this prestigious award for his significant contributions to the field over his 40-year career, including having discovered about 250 new species of Australian orchids and curated tens of thousands of specimens.

CSIRO Chairman’s Medal

The CSIRO Chairman’s Medal honours the very best in CSIRO research. It is awarded to the scientist or team whose research is of national or international importance in advancing scientific knowledge, technology application or commercialisation.

The Phased Array Feed Receivers for Radio Astronomy Team was awarded the 2015 CSIRO Chairman’s Medal for revolutionising astronomy. The team developed a spectacular new capability for observing wide areas of the sky using the world’s first wide-field imaging receivers for radio astronomy on the antennas of the ASKAP radio telescope.

Team members: Dr Brian J Boyle, Dr John Bunton, Dr Aaron Chippendale, Dr David DeBoer, Prof Ron Ekers, Dr Grant Hampson, Dr Stuart Hay, Dr Simon Johnston, Dr John O’Sullivan, Dr John Reynolds, Antony Schinckel, Robert Shaw and Dr Michelle Storey.

CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement

The CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to individuals who have a record of sustained and meritorious achievement over a prolonged period of CSIRO service.

Dr Ralph Holmes was awarded the medal for his CSIRO career spanning more than 43 years in the field of mineral processing and international standards development, both as a research manager and practitioner benefiting both CSIRO and Australia.

Contact us

Your contact details

First name must be filled in

We'll need to know what you want to contact us about so we can give you an answer.