19 September 2014

University of Queensland researchers won two of five Scopus Young Researcher awards and placed in two other categories at a celebration of academic research excellence in Canberra yesterday (18 September).

The UQ researchers were among 17 young scientists honoured at the 2014 Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) and Elsevier Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards.

Dr Kerrie Wilson, from UQ’s School of Biological Sciences, won the Scopus Life Sciences and Biological Sciences award for her research into habitat restoration for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.

Professor Ajayan Vinu, from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, won the Scopus Physical Sciences award for his research into novel approaches into nanoporous materials for clean energy.

Associate Professor Julie Henry (UQ School of Psychology) was a runner-up in the Humanities and Social Sciences category, and Dr Bing-Jie Ni (UQ Advanced Water Management Centre) was a runner-up in the Engineering and Technology category.

The Scopus awards were presented by ARC Chief Executive Officer Professor Aidan Byrne.

“The Scopus Young Researcher Awards—a global Elsevier initiative—specifically support early-career researchers, and recognise particularly outstanding young scientists and researchers who have made significant contributions in their field,” he said.

“All of these researchers, and indeed all of the finalists, are making remarkable contributions towards the advancement of science and research in Australia and deserve this high honour.”

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