2020 Winners

South Australian Scientist of the Year


Professor Sharad Kumar

Leader in Research Professorship of Cell Biology and a Chair of Cancer Biology at the University of South Australia.


South Australian Scientist of the Year


Professor Colin Raston

Highly recognised and prolific researcher and is South Australian Premier's Professorial Research Fellow in Clean Technology, currently Professor of Clean Technology at Flinders University.


Innovator of the Year sponsored by Novatech


Micro-X Carbon Nano Tube Project Team

Micro-X developed and commercialised the novel light-weight, mobile X-ray unit ‘Nano’, which is based on ground-breaking carbon nanotube (CNT) technology.​


PhD Research Excellence 

Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

PhD in discovering and describing new species of parasitoid wasps to better document and understand our biodiversity, The University of Adelaide


STEMM Educator of the Year – Primary or Secondary School Teaching 


Ms Kristie Talbot

Specialist STEM Coordinator and mentor, Modbury School P-7


STEMM Educator of the Year – University or RTO Teaching 


Professor Kerry Wilkinson

PAn innovative wine educator who led the development of Wine101x, an award-winning Massive Open Online Course.


Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration


Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP)

Flinders University, Led by Professor Karen Reynolds

MDPP fosters collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government and develops medical technologies with global market potential.


Tall Poppy of the Year

Dr Kylie Dunning

The Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellow and ARC Senior Research Associate, The University of Adelaide.


Unsung Hero of Science


Mr Graham Medlin

Honorary Research Associate, SA Museum.


Unsung Hero of Science Communication


Dr Robert Lawrence and Mrs Rosalie Lawrence

Heritage Bushcare, Native Orchid Society of South Australia, and Wild Orchid Watch project.