The Eureka Prizes

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. The Eureka Prizes are a unique co-operative partnership between government, education and research institutions, private sector companies, organisations and individuals.

To find out more information on the Eureka Prizes, visit the Australian Museum website .

2017 CSIRO Finalists

Southern Ocean Team for Environmental Research

CSIRO and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre have been named a finalist in the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. After collecting the first ocean measurements ever taken near East Antarctica's Totten Glacier, the Southern Ocean Team found that unexpectedly warm waters are driving rapid ice-shelf melt. Their research has revealed that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet will make a larger contribution to sea level rise than previously thought.

Watch: Southern Ocean Team at work

National Outlook Team for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

CSIRO, with our partners, have been nominated for the UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research for our Australian National Outlook report. This project uses world-leading integrated scenario modelling to explore the challenges and opportunities in achieving sustainable prosperity. The first Outlook examines two aspects in depth; the 'water-energy-food-nexus' and the prospects for Australia's materials and energy intensive industries.

Watch: An overview of the National Outlook Summary

The Colvera Team for Innovation in Medical Research

CSIRO's work with Clinical Genomics Pty Ltd and Flinders University have placed them in the running for the Johnson & Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research. The Colvera Team has developed a clinically validated blood test that sensitively and accurately detects cancer DNA in the blood plasma of colorectal cancer patients. This presents a new opportunity for oncologists to improve treatment regimens through earlier disease detection that may in turn lead to increased patient survival.

Watch: An explanation of the Colvera blood test

2016 CSIRO Winners

CSIRO Marine Debris Team for Environmental Research

The CSIRO Marine Debris Team applied integrated research to identify the sources and distribution of marine debris at a national scale around Australia's coastline. By combining field data and laboratory analyses with oceanographic and ecological modelling, the team translated scientific information into effective policy and behavioural change.

Watch: Tackling the marine pollution pandemic

Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith for promoting the Understanding of Australian Science Research

Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is a black hole hunter and a dynamic communicator. Bringing astronomy and its real-world impacts to life, in 2016 she won the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. It is the strong engagement that Dr Harvey-Smith fosters with schools, institutions and her public audience, particularly girls and indigenous students, which sets her outreach apart.

Watch: Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith - WINNER 2016 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research

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