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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.