South Australian Scientist of the Year
Professor Maria Makrides
Leads one of the premier research centres at the forefront of mother-infant nutrition research in the world, leading a large, multidisciplinary team of more than 70 staff and students.
Innovator of the Year sponsored by Novatech
Professor Andre Luiten
Professor Luiten’s leading work and strategic leadership is helping shape South Australia as a hub for photonics and quantum innovation.
PhD Research Excellence
Dr Chelsea Thorn
Dr Thorn’s PhD discovered a new inhalable and topical formulation to improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against life-threating super-bugs.
STEMM Educator of the Year – Primary or Secondary School Teaching sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and Telstra
The Trinity College SPARK Program is a future-oriented STEM curriculum, at the forefront of STEM education and are leading educational innovation throughout South Australia.
STEMM Educator of the Year – University or RTO Teaching sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and Telstra
Dr Richard Lilly
Dr Lilly co-founded and leads the successful National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS) at The University of Adelaide, which aims to provide advanced training for the most promising young geoscientists in Australia.
Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration
Driving Australia's Blue Bioeconomy
The Centre for Marine Bioproducts (CMBD) works collaboratively with South Australian industry to transform sustainable materials into high-value products such as medicines, biodegradable plastics, bio-inks, nutrition drinks, and eco-friendly fertilisers.