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: Dual Purpose Canola Team
For conceiving, developing, and translating the novel and now widely adopted practice of dual-purpose canola for both grain and grazing with profound impact on crop productivity, sustainability, and resilience of mixed farming systems. The team worked with industry partners Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC), Delta Agribusiness and Kalyx.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
This medal recognises individuals with a record of sustained and meritorious achievements in science, technology, and innovation.
Awarded to the following four recipients:
For establishing CSIRO as a world leader in metabolic engineering and developing the next generation of commercial oil crops with triple bottom line impact. Surinder has demonstrated incredible leadership over two decades, both in his field and as an inspiration to others. He has brought people together, pushed the boundaries of science with collaborative innovation, and he has helped to grow the next generation of science leaders.
For leadership in creating new knowledge about the role of the Southern Ocean in regional and global climate, including motivating international collaboration, inspiring early career researchers, and translating knowledge for policymakers. He has led the design, resourcing and implementation of major field programs including 16 research expeditions to the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
For pioneering new areas of science which provide the foundation for CSIRO’s research platforms on emerging chemicals of concern for environmental protection in Australia and globally. Over 30 years of outstanding research, Rai has established himself as an absolute leader in his field. He has put CSIRO at the forefront of this research and through scientific excellence and incredible dedication, today he is recognised around the world as an authority on organic chemicals.
Cathy joined CSIRO in 1985 as a research scientist, working with our manufacturing teams and following an impressive career journey, ultimately became CSIRO’s Chief Scientist in August 2018. Among her many achievements, her team's breakthrough work in 'SQUID' systems for mineral exploration were commercialised in LANDTEM technology, which has led to mineral discoveries worth more than $6 billion.
As CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, Cathy led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia, the Future Science and Technology for CSIRO, and has always been a high-profile and strong advocate for science. Her scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including a Eureka Prize for the promotion of science and NSW Woman of the Year, culminating in receiving an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2020.
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: CALD Assist
For the development of the CALD Assist communication app to help patients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, when interpreters are not available. It is a free app, endorsed by NSW Health, that helps clinical staff to deliver safe, high-quality care to a potentially at-risk and vulnerable population. It has had fantastic results in multiple trials and is an incredibly important tool helping to improve equity and accessibility in healthcare delivery. The team worked with industry partner Western Health.
The CSIRO Collaboration Medal
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: Surgical Mask Testing Team
For establishing Australia’s first NATA-accredited testing facility for single-use surgical masks, working together as a multidisciplinary team, and assisting Australian companies and Governments with this vital facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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: Our digital front door: CSIRO.au redevelopment
For redeveloping the CSIRO.au website, improving our customers’ experience and creating a contemporary digital front door for industry, collaborators and the community.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Impact Excellence Medal
This medal recognises achievements of our people in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement, participation, service delivery and research services.
Awarded to: Indigenous Research Group, Australian e-Health Research Centre
For championing the co-design and co-development of potential e-Health solutions as prioritised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Community Controlled Models of Care.
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 the following recipients:
For her ability to bring teams together across boundaries and business units, collaborating broadly and giving generously with her time and expertise. She has been instrumental in building the trusted relationship that CSIRO shares with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment today, and has taken a leadership role in key activities like COP26.
COVID-19 Situation Management Team and the COVID-19 Business Transition Team
For keeping our people safe by collaborating to bring clarity and reassurance to our people in an environment of volatility, complexity and uncertainty. Thrown into an urgent and ambiguous situation, this team innovated to solve challenges and implement rapid solutions, while considering the diverse circumstances of our people.
The CSIRO HSE Award
This award recognises an innovative solution or contribution made to a difficult health and safety and or environmental challenge.
Awarded to: Concentrated Solar Thermal Engineering Team
For dedication and due diligence to safety, risk assessment and world-first engineering design of a high-temperature sodium test-loop and containment system for next generation concentrated solar thermal plant in partnership with Australian industry that sets CSIRO among the world’s best. The team worked with industry partner VAST Solar.
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 the following recipients:
Alejandro Vargas Uscategui
For instrumental contributions to cold spray melt-less additive manufacturing from coatings and repair applications to sophisticated, digital methods that create solutions to real-world problems.
For developing a technique to encapsulate vaccines using metal-organic frameworks which enables them to be stored and transported without refrigeration. The work offers an affordable and equitable solution for temperature-dependent vaccines.
The CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award
This award celebrates those who use passion, persistence, and resourcefulness to turn an opportunity into reality.
Awarded to: Conductive Polymers for Aerospace
For developing a unique, large-scale process that produces a high-grade conductive polymer and transferring the technology to local SME Boron Molecular, enabling them to enter Boeing’s global supply chain and creating manufacturing jobs in Australia.
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 the following recipients:
For research into practices and procedures across a variety of comparable organisations to understand how to better prepare for, manage during and continuously deliver throughout national disasters and global pandemics.
For significant and ongoing contribution to the development and management of CSIRO’s financial strategy and performance.
The Chair'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: PhotonAssay Team
For breakthrough innovation of photonassay technology delivering rapid, safe and accurate analysis of gold and other precious metals in mining applications and commercialisation for industry deployment through the start-up company, Chrysos. The team worked with industry partner Chrysos Corporation.