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Celebrating our people's achievements

Companion of the Order (AC)

Dr Elizabeth Dennis, for eminent service to science as a researcher and academic in the area of genomics and plant development, and to professional organisations.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Professor Calum Drummond, for distinguished service to chemistry and materials science research, to commercialisation initiatives, and as a mentor.

Dr Ronald Ekers, for distinguished service to science as a radio astronomer, to scientific education, and to international astronomical organisations.

Ms Kathryn Fagg, for distinguished service to business and finance, to the central banking, logistics and manufacturing sectors, and to women.

Professor Elaine Sadler, for distinguished service to science as an astrophysicist in the field of galaxy evolution, and to gender equality.

Professor Frances Separovic, for distinguished service to science education, particularly to biophysical chemistry, as an academic, and to young women scientists.

Australian Academy of Science Fellowship

Professor David Karoly, a leading environmentalist scientist, for major contributions in climate dynamics and climate change science including increased understanding of climate anomalies across the globe.

Dr Surinder Singh, for cutting edge plant oil engineering research that produces large amounts of long-chain omega-3 oils from canola seeds. Previously such oils came from unsustainable marine sources.

Australian Academy of Science Matthew Flinders medal and lecture

Dr Dick Manchester, for his world-leading research into pulsars.

Australian Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering Fellowship

Dr Anna Koltunow, for achievements in plant reproduction and seedless fruit formation understanding used for developing crops with transformational productivity gains.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Smart Infrastructure Team in Data61 took home the University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science. The team worked to address the problem of assessing the condition of water pipes by developing an analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures.

Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers 2018

Dr Josep Canadell, Dr Peter Dodds, Dr Simon Ferrier, Dr Elizabeth Fulton, Dr Kemal Kazan, Dr John Kirkegaard, Dr Evans Lagudah, Dr John Manners, Dr Craig Moritz, Professor Rana Munns, Dr Mark Peoples, Dr Alan Richardson, Professor Anthony Richardson, Dr Raphael Viscarra Rossel and Dr Yingping Wang among the most cited authors in their respective fields of study. The Highly Cited Researchers list recognises leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences through the publications indexed in the Web of Science core collection that rank in the top one per cent by citations for their field and year.

Boeing 2018 Supplier of the Year

CSIRO’s Manufacturing Team received the 2018 Environment Award as the supplier with demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance or successful partnerships in a formal, measurable environmental program and culture of environmental leadership.

The Chairman's Medal for Science Excellence

This award recognises teams who have made significant scientific or technological advances that create value for our customers via innovation that delivers positive impact for Australia.

The Bioregional Assessments Team were awarded the medal for their world-first integrated assessment of the potential impacts of $2.5 trillion of future coal seam gas and coal mine developments in eastern Australia on water resources and water-dependent ecological, economic and sociocultural assets.

image of the bioregional assessments team accepting their awardThe Chairman’s Medal for Science Excellence winners: Bioregional Assessments, in partnership with Department of Environment and Energy.

The CSIRO Medal for Impact from Science

This award recognises exceptional individuals or research teams who have created value for customers through innovation that delivers impact for Australia.

The Southern Bluefin Tuna Monitoring and Management Team were awarded the medal for improving the economic returns, community benefits and stock status of the southern bluefin tuna fishery. They achieved this by delivering a scientifically tested management system in combination with the development of ground‑breaking genomic assessment methods.

CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement

sam la salle, larry marshall, cigdem la salle and alex la salle with the medal for lifetime achievement awardThe CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement: Sam La Salle, Larry Marshall, Cigdem La Salle and Alex La SalleThis award recognises individuals who have a record of sustained and meritorious achievements in science, technology and innovation or the support of science, technology and innovation.

Dr John La Salle was an internationally recognised insect taxonomist, renowned for his contribution to science as well as his energy, passion and humour. Dr La Salle joined CSIRO in 2000 and soon became Director of the Australian National Insect Collection. His main research area was Hymenoptera (wasps, bees, ants) and the systematics of parasitic wasps (particularly Chalcidoidea). Dr La Salle identified early on that taxonomy and collection management needed to embrace new technologies in order to contribute significantly to sustaining and conserving biodiversity. He was instrumental in establishing the Atlas of Living Australia and became its Director in 2012.

Dr La Salle passed away in 2018. His two sons, Alex and Sam La Salle along with Toni Moate, Director National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, accepted the award on Dr La Salle’s behalf.

Larry Marshall and Manny Noakes accepting the medal for lifetime achievement awardThe CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement: Larry Marshall and Manny Noakes.Professor Manny Noakes is an eminent scientific leader, a key thought leader and trusted advisor in nutrition and health. She has improved the health of Australians by translating complex science into high-impact communications that in turn produce life-changing health benefits for the public. Professor Noakes was one of the key driving forces behind CSIRO’s first Total Wellbeing Diet, and the subsequent development and release of a further five editions. Under Professor Noakes’ guidance, the Total Wellbeing Diet has become a brand synonymous with CSIRO and this has helped increase the community’s broader awareness of our organisation.