The 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prize finalists have been announced, and some the names are familiar to us, here at Cosmos.
The prizes award excellences in research, innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.
You can see the full list of finalists here.
So, come and meet some of the finalists we already know well!
Dyani Lewis is a science journalist, who has been nominated for the Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism with her piece Role models in a time of pandemic.
This piece was written for Cosmos Magazine Issue 84 and is about the influence of mathematical modelling in decisions about pandemic lockdowns.
Read the story here: Role models in a time of pandemic
She has written a whole suite of stories for Cosmos, so we are very proud to hear about this finalist!
The EchidnaCSI Team is a finalist for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science, for their work about one of Australia’s more iconic species.
Read about EchidnaCSI
This citizen science project encourages people to get involved and report echidna sightings, so that researchers get a thorough picture of whether the shy animals spend their time. Some people have even been willing to collect echidna poo!
The project has helped researchers collect huge amounts of data at a national level, to provide new insights into how to protect the spiny monotremes.
Veena Sahajwalla is Australia’s top expert on sustainability of materials and a finalist for the Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. She is another prolific voice here at Cosmos and Bragg member of The Royal Institution of Australia.
Watch Professor Sahajwalla in Cosmos Briefing: the Circular Economy
With her expertise in ‘microrecylcing science’ she is helping people understand solutions to waste and manufacturing challenges.
We have plenty for you to read about Sahajwalla’s work!
- Attacking e-waste with ‘material microsurgery’
- What is a circular economy and why does Australia need one?
- Incredible modular microfactory turns plastic recycling on its head