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Each year in November, we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our people and partners at the CSIRO Awards and Medals Ceremony. In particular, we honour achievements of innovative solutions to industry, society and the environment that are solving our greatest challenges. In 2020, we recognised the following outstanding teams and industry partners.

The Sir Ian McLennan Impact from Science and Engineering Medal

This award recognises exceptional individuals or research teams who have created value for customers through innovation that delivers impact for Australia.

Awarded to: TraNSIT

For pioneering research towards the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) and revolutionising the way Australia’s transport-related infrastructure investments are prioritised.

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[Images move through of an aerial view of freight train, an aerial view of a highway running past farmland, an aerial view of a freight train, close view of cattle, and then an aerial view of a cattle farm]

Narrator: In Australia transport infrastructure is essential for moving more than 100 million tonnes of agricultural and forest product annually with transport distances often over 1,000 km between production and markets.

[Image changes to show an aerial view of a busy highway and then the image changes to show blue circles on a white screen and text appears: Collective spend of $25 billion annually, on transport related infrastructure]

The Australian Federal, State and Territory governments collectively spend over $25 billion per year on transport related infrastructure.

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Understanding what investment and regulatory changes mean to supply chain flows and transport costs is critical to getting the best value from investment options available.

[Images move through of the CSIRO logo on a white screen, a side view of a male looking at a map on his computer screen, and an aerial view of a truck travelling along a bridge and text appears: TraNSIT]

The team behind TraNSIT, the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool revolutionised the way Australia’s transport related infrastructure investments are prioritised.

[Images move through of a black map of Australia with different colours showing the movement of freight around the country and text appears: Annual road freight movements around Australia]

In collaboration with industry and government, this team developed a comprehensive, evidence based modelling tool, to provide the most detailed map of routes and costings across Australia’s entire agricultural and forestry supply chain.

[Images move through of an animation of a male talking while standing next to a freight train and a truck, and then text appears inside blue circles on a white screen: Comprises 650,000 supply chains, across 132 commodities]

TraNSIT’s supply chain map of agriculture has now been extended to the broader road and rail freight task, comprising 650,000 supply chains across 132 commodities,

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resulting in millions of transport trips on road and rail per year.

[Images move through to show an aerial view of a bridge under construction, an aerial view of a ship docked at a shipping yard, and then a truck travelling over a bridge above a train on a track]

TraNSIT continues to show its impact through further applications such as prioritising bridge upgrades, adoption in south east Asia, coastal shipping, and regional freight strategies across Australia.

[Image changes to show text on a blue screen: Land and water, www.csiro.au, Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), Application to Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme]

It is used widely by all levels of government to inform our country’s largest transport infrastructure projects and initiatives.

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This has allowed more targeted investment, increasing productivity and other safety and environmental benefits.

[Image changes to show a truck crossing a bridge at night, and then the image changes to show text inside blue circles on a white screen: Input from over 330 stakeholders, led to 35 externally funded projects, input into $15 billion of infrastructure investments]

From 2012 to 2020 TraNSIT has had expert input from over 330 stakeholders, led to 35 externally funded projects, provided input into $15 billion of infrastructure investments,

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achieved over 35 media releases, and over 40 client reports and publications.

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Lifetime Achievement Awards

This medal recognises individuals with a record of sustained and meritorious achievements in science, technology, and innovation.

Awarded to the following three recipients:

Louise Glenn

Over her career Louise has worked with a number of business areas within CSIRO, with the majority aligned to the mining teams. Louise has always been part of an Enterprise Support function but has never lost sight of the reason CSIRO exists, with her values and principles ensuring perfect alignment to the delivery of great science. Louise is a great promoter of CSIRO science to staff and stakeholders alike, an amazing ambassador and advocate for the work that CSIRO does, never wanting to stand out as an individual but always acting in the best interests of CSIRO and its staff.

Philip Larkin

For research leadership of teams delivering impacts including: BYD virus resistant wheat varieties, synthetic virus resistance genes, improved pharmaceutical poppy, micronutrient-dense rice, gluten-free barley and cereals for digestive health.

Kathleen McInnes

For sustained research excellence that has advanced knowledge of how climate change affects sea-level rise, storm surges and severe weather; and enabled communities to understand and adapt to climate change.

The CSIRO Medal for Diversity and Inclusion

This award recognises an individual who promotes outstanding work in Diversity and Inclusion, either by directly advancing CSIRO’s Diversity and Inclusion objectives, or by demonstrating impact arising from inclusive and diverse teams.

Awarded to: the Domestic Family Violence and Abuse Working Group

For the development of a comprehensive and impactful workplace response to support our people impacted by domestic family violence and abuse.

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[Image changes to show a view looking down on people marching under a very large rainbow striped piece of cloth and then the image changes to show pedestrians crossing at a very busy intersection]

Narrator: Men, women and people of diverse or non-binary gender can all experience domestic family violence and abuse, DFVA.

[Images move through of a blue circles with text inside: On average 1 in 6 women in Australia, experience physical or sexual violence, from a current or previous cohabiting partner]

On average one in six women in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner.

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The need for people to work remotely due to the pandemic has also increased the risk of experiencing DFVA.

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The prevalence of DFVA in our society means that the people experiencing violence and/or abuse are our colleagues, employees, and members of our community with far reaching impacts.

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While addressing female representation in STEM, through our Male Champions of Change and Science in Australia Gender Equity, SAGE, initiatives,

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it became obvious that we can’t improve gender equity without taking action on domestic family violence and abuse.

[Image changes to show a CSIRO web page showing a photo of lots of yellow umbrellas and text: Say No To Domestic Family Violence and Abuse]

In response, the Domestic Family Violence and Abuse Working Group was created to improve support for our people by delivering a uniquely challenging and sensitive programme of work.

[Image changes to show a flow chart showing a disclosure guide beneath the text heading: Domestic Family Violence and Abuse (DFVA) disclosure guide]

The key outcomes of this project were to raise awareness that DFVA is a workplace issue and importantly CSIRO is able to provide support for our people when they need it most.

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The team were guided by the innovative approach of Follow My Lead, a DFVA project developed by Insight Exchange Foundation.

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By adopting a people first approach we worked closely with CSIRO people impacted by DFVA to prioritise their voices while ensuring we upheld their dignity and safety at all times.

[Image changes to show the CSIRO web page “We Say No to Domestic Family Violence and Abuse” and four circles appear on the page showing headings: Listen without judgement, Discuss their safety, Provide support options, Share additional resources]

The project and supporting internal communication campaign resulted in new DFVA procedures and guidelines,

[Image changes to show a blue circle with text inside: New leave options and improvement in access to workplace adjustments]

new leave options, improved access to multiple sites for impacted people,

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formally appointed DFVA contact officers, leader resources, and support options available through the Benevolent Funds in CSIRO.

[Image changes to show a white screen showing the CSIRO logo above text: EAP Domestic Family Violence helpline, 1300 338 465, National helpline, 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)]

If you or someone you know needs support for domestic family violence and abuse, contact our EAP Domestic Family Violence Helpline on 1300 338 465 or the national helpline 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

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The CSIRO Collaboration Medals

This medal recognises the most outstanding cross-business unit project involving staff members from three or more business units to resolve a significant challenge for CSIRO.

Awarded to: Northern Australian Water Resource Assessment (NAWRA)

For the collaboration necessary to successfully deliver the most extensive, multi-disciplinary water and agricultural assessment of its kind in the world: The Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment.

Awarded to: the COVID-19 Vaccine development team

For the rapid response to undertake critical research in pursuit of a COVID-19 vaccine.

CSIRO’s H&B, AAHL and Manufacturing business units rapidly pivoted to conduct critical research and manufacturing work in pursuit of COVID-19 vaccines.

CSIRO Medal for Support Excellence

This medal recognises teams or individuals who support, through projects, initiatives or service delivery, the creation of value for our customers through innovation that delivers positive impact for Australia.

Awarded to: Flattening the Response Curve

For enabling CSIRO research teams to take a leading role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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[Images move through of researchers wearing hazmat suits in a lab, a researcher testing a face mask, a model of the COVID-19 virus, various speakers talking, and a microscope slide of the virus]

Narrator: As Australia’s national science agency, our work to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has involved deep collaboration within Australia and overseas as part of the rapid global response.

[Images flash through of researchers wearing hazmat suits in a laboratory, an aerial view of an industrial site, and inset images of team members on a Teams meeting]

This collaboration was also seen within CSIRO. The research programme spun into action with critical support from the Enterprise Support Services Teams that helped enable this research response.

[Images move through of inset videos of press conferences, researchers working in labs, and various people in discussions about the COVID-19 vaccine]

CSIRO saw a huge increase in engagement from the community as well as an extraordinary level of interest from industry, Government, and the global community to work with us in addressing this challenge.

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The Growth Team and Corporate Affairs came together to deliver seamless stakeholder engagement, a critical component of our scientific response.

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Working collaboratively with a high degree of agility, they provided a unified OneCSIRO approach to the unprecedented and media interest, community engagement, and Government liaison,

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not only to facilitate new research on COVID-19 solutions, but to also provide pathways, access to information, and timely accurate and trusted advice.

[Images move through of researchers looking at a screen, a droplet being placed on a microscope slide, a digital display on a machine, a face mask being tested, and a webpage scrolling through]

An extensive communication campaign positioned CSIRO at the heart of solving this global challenge resulting in more than 14,000 media stories with a cumulative Australian audience reach across traditional and social media, in excess of 310 million people and over 10,000 new followers and counting.

[Images move through of a 2020 calendar with pages turning over, and then blue circles appear one after the other with text inside: Responded to 1,283 COVID-19 enquiries, Led to 52 mission aligned projects, and 170 new customers]

In the first half of 2020, CSIRO has responded to 1,283 COVID-19 enquiries, leading to 52 mission aligned projects, and 170 new customers.

[Images move through of researchers working in a lab, a city of high-rise buildings, a view of Parliament house, a machine in operation, and a researcher working in a hazmat suit]

Pro-active and focussed support has enabled CSIRO research teams to seamlessly partner with industry, Government and the innovation ecosystem to deliver COVID-19 response and recovery solutions to the communities we serve.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Impact Excellence Medal

This medial recognises achievements of our people in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement, participation, service delivery and research services.

Awarded to: the Indigenous STEM Education Project

For working in partnership with schools and communities to establish best practice education models that increase participation, aspiration and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and communities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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[Image changes to show the CSIRO and BHP Foundation logos on a white screen and then the image changes to show a spiral Indigenous dot pattern surrounded by various STEM symbols]

Narrator: CSIRO in partnership with the BHP Foundation created the Indigenous STEM Education Project to forge new education and career pathways for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

[Images move through of Indigenous students working on various projects, a student reading a brochure, a student pinning up a picture, a teacher and two students, and students at work]

The evidence based, national initiative consists of six programmes that enables schools to embed indigenous knowledge into the STEM curriculum through hands-on enquiry activities, build lasting relationships, and enrich experiences through Two-Way Science and community involvement.

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The project has reached beyond the walls of classrooms to increase skills, capability and aspiration of whole communities.

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For some the programme has been life changing.

[Images move through of blue circles appearing one after the other with text inside: Commencing in 2014, Engaged over 17,898 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, And also 1,755 teachers from 166 schools]

Since commencing in 2014 the project has engaged over 17,898 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and 1,755 teachers from 166 schools across Australia.

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The impact of the project is significant and includes enhanced academic results, the creation and expansion of peer and professional networks,

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stronger and clearer student aspirations, increased sense of belonging at school and a deeper understanding of cultural identity.

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The Chief Executive Team CSIRO Award

This award recognises members of Team CSIRO who not only deliver brilliant solutions and make life better for Australians – but for all of us here at CSIRO.

The Chief Executive Team CSIRO Award winner Simon Barry.

Awarded to: Simon Barry

Barry is a leader in CSIRO, not just in the structural sense, but in the way he drives collaboration across boundaries and business units.

has helped his Business Unit navigate a time of profound change, including structural, cultural, and strategic shifts, and has been instrumental in doing the same for a number of other Business Units.

has led the development of our Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Future Science Platform, bringing together people from every CSIRO Business Unit as well as numerous external partners to drive a vision for AI/ML that is truly cross-cutting, domain-spanning, and transformational.

Awarded to: Sarah Pearce

The Chief Executive Team CSIRO Award winner Sarah Pearce. ©  COPYRIGHT KARL SCHWERDTFEGER

Sarah Pearce is a world-renown expert in her field, an internationally-recognised leader and champion for science, and an inspiration to the next generation of women thinking about careers in STEM.

She has a leading role in CSIRO’s involvement in the international Square Kilometre Array project to build the world’s largest radio telescope, and was Australia's science negotiator for the SKA international treaty.

She established her Business Unit’s Diversity Committee in 2014 and has been a driving force for cultural change, and inspired the space theme in CSIRO’s first march at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Earlier this year she was named NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year, and just this month she was named Space Executive of the Year and made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, or ATSE.

CSIRO HSE Medal for Area Custodian of the Year

This award recognises and promotes the significant contribution made by Area Custodians in overseeing and improving the safe operations of higher risk areas across CSIRO. This year, an additional HSE Medal will be awarded.

Awarded to: CSIRO Alerts Notification Service Project Team

For responding with great professionalism and strategic foresight delivering a whole of CSIRO project to establish an Emergency Alert Notification Service for CSIRO in ‘record’ time.

Awarded to: Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) Ethanol Collection Relocation Team

For the innovative solution in reducing the risk exposure to CSIRO in the storage of ANIC’s Ethanol Collection, which was relocated to new facilities, ensuring alignment with Australian Standards and best practice dangerous goods handling and storage, prioritising our people’s safety.

The John Philip Award for the Promotion of Excellence in Young Scientists and Engineers

This award provides opportunities for young scientists and engineers to extend their professional development by gaining further career-related training and experience.

Awarded to: Bita Bayatsarmadi

For the development of a transformative innovation in flow cell design which dramatically increases the efficiency and commercialisability of electrochemical processes.

Awarded to: Adrian Murdock

For outstanding research to scale-up graphene films, advancing the GraphAir technology towards commercialisation as a water purification membrane, and through exceptional science communication achieving wide exposure for CSIRO.

The Delia Muller Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Study Award

This award recognises the achievement of CSIRO officers in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement, participation, service delivery and research services.

Awarded to: Cassandra Diamond

For leading research and work to increase Indigenous Women’s participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths both internally with CSIRO and externally with young Indigenous women.

The CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award

This award celebrates those who use passion, persistence, and resourcefulness to turn an opportunity into reality.

Awarded to: v2food

For a highly successful entrepreneurial approach to create the v2food start-up company to develop and commercialise innovative plant-based meat alternative products.

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[Image changes to show a tray of vegan burgers and text appears within a circle: Expected value of $6.6 billion for plant based protein market]

Narrator: The value of the plant based protein market is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2030.

[Images move through of cooked vegan patties on a tray, vegan patties being cooked on a grill, Main Sequence Venture and Competitive Foods logos, and a V2 burger packet next to a vegan burger]

To capitalise on this market opportunity and respond to a major sustainability challenge, the Creating V2 Food Project Team partnered with Main Sequence Ventures and Competitive Foods Australia, to create V2 Food.

[Image changes to show a knife poked into the top of a vegan burger and then images move through of vegan patties on a plate, a chef placing vegan patties on a tray, and then two chefs at work]

Our researchers drew on their expertise in food flavour and texture to develop a unique product that looks, smells, and tastes like meat but is made entirely out of plants.

[Images move through to show a chef working in a kitchen, vegan pastries on a plate, a plate of rice paper rolls, vegan patties cooking on a tray, a burger and chips in a container, and a Rebel whopper]

Using an innovative company creation model to bring the project out of the CSIRO labs and into stores in just eight months, V2 Foods launched a plant based burger product into Hungry Jacks under the guise of the Rebel Whopper in October 2019.

[Image changes to show text in a blue circle on a white screen: V2 products available now in meal delivery kits]

A year later products are now available mainstream

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in meal delivery kits such as Marley Spoon and Dinnerly,

[Image changes to show a shopping basket with packets of V2 burgers and mince and then the image changes to show hands holding up a packet of burgers and mince next to a Drakes supermarket sign]

in supermarkets like Woolworths and Drakes,

[Image changes to show a vegan burger patty being flipped on a barbecue plate]

and through food retailers, Hungry Jacks and Soul Burger.

[Image changes to show an animation of a female wearing a hard hat and hi-vis vest next to a map pinpointing Wodonga and then the image changes to show silhouetted business people on the screen]

A manufacturing site is now being established in Wodonga, Victoria, creating a new regional industry and jobs.

[Images move through to show two females sitting outside a V2 store eating burgers, a V2 sign on a building, a hand taking a vegan burger from a platter, and a view looking down on the vegan burgers]

The launch of V2 Food is a success story, combining consumer demand, with leading research capabilities, and our entrepreneurial spirit.

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The Chief Executive Professional Development Awards

This award provides opportunities for the people supporting our scientists to extend their professional development by gaining further training and experience related to their careers and work in CSIRO.

Awarded to: Hayley Mcgillivray

In two years, Hayley has facilitated 24 Innovation Connections projects, driven an increase in WA Kick-Start projects, coached early-career-researchers, contributed to the SME Mission, and found time for professional development.

Awarded to: Max Temminghoff

For supporting industry development through the delivery of strategic analysis and the promotion of science and technology investment.

The Chairman's Medal for Science and Engineering Excellence

This medal is awarded to a team that has made significant scientific, engineering or technological advances that create value for our customers through innovation that delivers positive impact for Australia.

Awarded to: the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) COVID-19 team

For scientific excellence in foresight, concept, development and rapid delivery of a challenge model and evaluation of candidate vaccines along with associated research, to exacting standards for licensing, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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[Images move through of researchers wearing hazmat suits in a lab, a close view of a world map showing the spread of coronavirus, and a male speaking at a podium]Narrator: On 31st January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the novel Coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

[Images move through of a male speaking to the camera, and a close view of a researcher using a microscope]

That same day our scientists commenced key research in the rapid global response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

[Images move through to show the CSIRO logo and CEPI logos, researchers working in the CEPI facility, an aerial view and then a facing view of the CEPI facility, and researchers at work in hazmat suits]

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, CEPI, engaged CSIRO to characterise the virus and begin preclinical testing of potential COVID-19 vaccines at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, our high containment biosecurity facility in Geelong.

[Images move through of researchers wearing hazmat suits and working in the CEPI facility]CSIRO and the scientific community had been preparing for the possibility of a pandemic and this allowed us to hit the ground running.

[Image changes to show text appearing one after the other in blue circles on a white screen: Investment was made in 2018 by a CEPI-funded consortium with university partners, Rapid response vaccine pipeline]

In 2018 we entered into a CEPI funded consortium with university partners to create a rapid response vaccine pipeline to develop and test new vaccines.

[Images move through to show an animation of the vaccine operating on the COVID-19 virus, the COVID-19 virus under a microscope, and researchers at work in the lab on a computer]

So, when COVID-19 revealed itself to the world we already had the right staff, facilities, and systems in place to start pre-clinical testing of vaccine candidates.

[Images move through of a close view of a researcher drawing liquid into a syringe, a bottle of COVID-19 vaccine, and a Microbiological Laboratory sign and text appears: There were 2 vaccine candidates]

CEPI in collaboration with the World Health Organisation selected two vaccine candidates from the University of Oxford in the UK and Inovio Pharmaceuticals in the US for our team to start testing.

[Images move through of researchers at work in the laboratory, a female researcher squeezing a syringe, a researcher looking at a screen, and a researcher placing a container in a machine]

In less than five months, with the eyes of the world upon them, our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, ACDP COVID-19 Project Team developed the first challenge model and carried out the world’s first pre-clinical studies along with associated research.

[Image changes to show close views of a syringe dropping liquid into various test tube trays]

Working with CEPI and specialised teams within CSIRO, over 90 project team members came together to complete in six months what normally takes multiple years.

[Image changes to show a close view of a vaccine being injected into an arm and then the image changes to show an aerial view of the CEPI facility]

The work of the ACDP COVID-19 Project Team has enabled the rapid progression of the two leading vaccine candidates through clinical trials bringing the world a step closer to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

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