August 31, 2018

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

A number of our Precinct Partners were represented in the teams and individuals shortlisted as finalists this year, including Associate Professor Alan Duffy from Swinburne University of Technology who took home the 2018 Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science.

Presented on 29 August 2018, the annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Alan Duffy, as well as the other Melbourne Biomedical Precinct finalists:

Associate Professor Alan Duffy
Winner of the Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science
Associate Professor Alan Duffy is a regular and recognisable personality in the Australian media, promoting science to all Australians. Through a combination of mainstream and social media channels, he has demonstrated that astrophysics can stand alongside sport or business as a news segment, making science a part of everyday life.


The Biopen Team
Finalist for the UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research
A multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and clinicians has produced the ‘Biopen’, a handheld 3D printer that can be used in surgery to repair damaged cartilage. The technology was developed with a view to preventing osteoarthritis, a debilitating and painful condition that affects over 1 million Australians.


Dr Jason Brouwer
Finalist for the 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institutes’s Dr Jason Brouwer is a structural biologist committed to making science and scientific institutions more accessible and accountable to all Australians. He has made contributions to gender equality and reconciliation initiatives, and endeavours to progress the social landscape within science and beyond.


Jo Chandler
Finalist for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Science Journalism
Thirty years after the world launched a campaign to wipe out polio, the virus clings on in some of the most dangerous corners of the planet. Extremist groups are preventing the polio vaccine from reaching children, creating a possible lifeline for the disease to rise again. In Amid Fear and Guns, Polio Finds a Refuge, Jo Chandler investigates from the frontline of Northern Nigeria. (Commissioned and published by, 16 October 2017)

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