Queensland scientists are international leaders, at the forefront of breakthroughs and discoveries that make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

To help continue this trend and encourage innovation and collaboration World Science Festival Brisbane and the Queensland Government’s Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist and Office for Women and are proud to present the 2017 Queensland Women in STEM prize.

Two cash prizes of $5,000 are available, voting for the People’s Choice is now open. View the amazing entries and to cast your vote!

The aim of the 2017 Queensland Women in STEM prize is to showcase inspiring females working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers whose practice aligns with Queensland’s Science and Research Priorities and has the potential to benefit Queensland.

The 2017 Queensland Women in STEM prize will also identify female STEM professionals who are not only making a positive to contribution to their individual field, but are also engaging with and communicating their practice to a broader community.

The list of UQ entrants is below. Submit your vote!

Name UQ School/Institute/Centre Submission
Dr Mia Schaumberg HABS/QBI - UQ Centre for Exercise and Healthy Brain Ageing  "Exercise: Key to mending the mind" 
Dr Rebecca Dunlop School of Veterinary Science "Using Australian humpback whales to answer big picture questions" 
Prof Joanne Blanchfield School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences  "Herbal Medicines: Learning in tradition to create the future" 
Dr Alienor Chauvenet School of Biological Sciences: Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science "Saving biodiversity, one keystroke at a time" 
Catxere Andrade Cascacip  PhD Student of Warwick Bowen in SMP and ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems "Quantum Enhanced Microscopy"
Dr Nasim Amiralian  Adv. Qld Research Fellow, AIBN "Spinifex Grass - Hidden Gold in the Australian Landscape"
Samantha Hood PhD Student of Ivan Kassal in in SMP and ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems "Next Generation Solar for the Sunshine State" 
Dr Megan Saunders School of Earth and Environmental Sciences "Restoring rivers to benefit marine ecosystems"
Jordan Debono School of Biological Sciences (PhD Student with Prof Bryan Fry)  "Venom to drugs: blood medication"
Dr Susanna Mantovani School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine) Post-Doc "Sleep, the key against brain degeneration?" 
Dr Kirsty Short School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine) Research Fellow "Protecting a vulnerable patient population: the flu in people with diabetes" 
Dr Sonia Henriques IMB (ARC Future Fellow)  "Switching off cancer cells from the inside" 
Dr Lavinia Codd QBI "Improving cognitive recovery following stroke by activating hippicampal precursor cells" 
Dr Diane Donovan School of Maths and Physics "Mathematics Safeguarding Queensland's Environment" 
Elise Kenny School of Maths and Physics (PhD Student)  "Unlocking the design secrets of specialised materials"

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017.

For the full program visit www.worldsciencefestival.com.au.

Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland is proud to showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.



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