Judges for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are selected based on their exceptional knowledge and expertise.


Judging process

  • All judges are bound by the Judges’ Agreement and Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Each prize has its own unique judging panel consisting of a minimum of four people.
  • Judging for the AM Eureka Prizes takes place in May and June.
  • In the first round, judges independently review each entry against the assessment criteria and award a score.
  • In the second round, each panel meets via teleconference to discuss their scores and agree on three finalists, including one winner.
  • The AM Eureka Prizes team provides administrative support to each panel, but does not play a role in the decision-making process.

2020 Judges

The Australian Museum and prize partners are deeply grateful to the following individuals, who freely give their time and expertise as a judge of the 2020 Eureka Prizes:

  • Professor Frazer Allan, Head of School and Dean, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
  • Pamela Ameglio GAICD, Group Executive Nuclear Operations ANSTO; and Mentor, IMNIS
  • Professor Ian Anderson, Director - Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Katherine Andrews, Director, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD), Griffith University
  • Professor Peter Andrews AO FTSE FAICD FRACI, Chairman, Implicit Bioscience Ltd
  • Dr Chris Armstrong PSM, NSW Deputy Chief Scientist & Engineer, Office of NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer; and Executive Director, NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
  • Kathy Bail, Chief Executive Officer, UNSW PRESS LTD; and New South Books and Publishing
  • Dr Sue Barrell FTSE GAICD, Science leader, independent Chair/Director
  • Mike Bartlett, Senior Manager, Education & Visitor Programs, Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • Dr Amber Beavis, Assistant Manager, Science Policy Section, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • Professor Michael Blumenstein FACS SMIEEE, Associate Dean, Research Strategy and Management, University of Technology Sydney
  • Sandy Carruthers, Executive Director Strategy, Science and Corporate Services, Department for Environment and Water (SA)
  • Duncan Challen, General Manager - Business Development, Sydney Science Park by Celestino
  • Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench FAA FAHMS, Head of Department, QIMR Berghofer
  • Shirley Chowdhary, Chief Executive Officer, GO Foundation
  • Dr Craig Cormick, Creative Director, ThinkOutsideThe; and Member, Australian Science Communicators
  • Anna Davis, Leader of Learning: Science, Casimir Catholic College
  • Professor Mark Dodgson AO FASSA, Professor of Innovation Studies, University of Queensland
  • Adjunct Professor, Heidi Drummer, Program Director, Burnet Institute
  • Professor Graham Durant AM, Director, Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre
  • Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM, Executive Director, Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS), Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; and Co-founder & CEO, Women in STEMM Australia
  • Melanie Farmer, Associate Director Research and Innovation, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Les Field AM FAA, Professor of Chemistry, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Elizabeth Finkel AM, Freelance Journalist; and Editor-at-large, Cosmos Magazine
  • Dr Catherine Foley AO PSM FTSE FAIP FinstP, Chief Scientist, CSIRO
  • Traceylee Forester, Indigenous Partnerships Coordinator, Australian Institute of Marine Science; and Lama Lama/Nywaigi Traditional Owner
  • Professor Bryan Gaensler FAA, Director, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics; and Professor of Astronomy, University of Toronto
  • Dr Melina Georgousakis, Founder, Franklin Women; and Research and Policy Manager, Bupa Health Foundation
  • Brandon Gifford, Senior Reptile and Spider keeper, Australian Reptile Park
  • Dr Lindsey Gray, Biologist & Science Communicator, University of Sydney; and Research Affiliate, Channel Seven
  • Mitra Gusheh, Executive Manager - Social Impact, University of Technology Sydney
  • Associate Professor Melissa Hart, Graduate Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, UNSW Sydney
  • Ms Amanda Heyworth, Non-Executive Director, UniSA Ventures
  • Professor Lesley Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development), Macquarie University
  • Professor Maria Kavallaris AM FAHMS FRSN, Director, Australian Centre for Nanomedicine, UNSW Sydney; and Head, Translational Cancer Nanomedicine Theme, Children's Cancer Institute
  • Dr Sue Keay, Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems, CSIRO Data61
  • Dr Georgina Kelly, Executive Director, Science Division, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)
  • Dr Inna Kolyshkina, Director, Data Science, Analytikk Consulting Services
  • Juliana La Rosa, Head of Communications and Government Relations, ASC Pty Ltd
  • Dr Paul Lawrence, Executive Director, Queensland Department of Environment and Science; and Science Delivery and Knowledge, Science and Technology Division
  • Professor Joan Leach, Director, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University
  • Dr Tony Lindsay FTSE, SMIEEE, Director, STELaRLab, Lockheed Martin Australia
  • Professor Dena Lyras FASM, Professor of Microbiology, Deputy Director of Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University; and President of the Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, Emeritus Professor, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery
  • Lynne Malcolm, Radio broadcaster - ABC Radio Science and Health Unit, ABC
  • Professor Bernard Mans, Professor of Computer Science, Macquarie University
  • Dr Jennifer Metcalfe, Director Econnect Communication; and Campus Visitor, Australian National University
  • Professor Richard Mildren, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University; and Deputy Director, MQ Photonics Research Centre
  • Associate Professor Alexey Muraviev, Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies, Curtin University
  • Professor Mary Myerscough, Professor of Mathematical Biology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Aaron Ng, Group Technical Manager - Health Care Business Group, 3M Australia
  • Emeritus Professor Neville Nicholls FAA, Emeritus Professor, Monash University
  • Dr Penny Palmer, Executive Producer, Catalyst, ABC Television
  • Professor Andrew Peele FTSE, Director – Australian Synchrotron, ANSTO
  • Professor Barry Pogson, Head of Division of Plant Sciences, Australian National University
  • Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN FTSE, Chair, NSW Smart Sensing Work
  • Professor Laura Poole-Warren AM FTSE FAIMBE FBSE, Professor, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Colin Raston AO FAA, Professor in Clean Technology, Flinders University
  • Bruce Ritchie, Senior Manager, Communications & Events, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
  • Dr Erin Roger, Chair, Australian Citizen Science Association; and Global Partnerships Advisor, CSIRO
  • Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer, Associated Dean Higher Degree Research FSE and Associate Professor Earth and Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University
  • Professor Mark Schembri, Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland
  • Dr Amy Shi-Nash, Global Head of Analytics and Data Science, HSBC
  • Dr Jen Taylor, Research Director, CSIRO
  • Professor Glen Ulett, Professor of Microbiology, Griffith University
  • Kylie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; and Chair, Australian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Tim Wallace, Editor, The Conversation
  • Professor Matt Wand FAA, Distinguished Professor of Statistics, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Jonathan Webb, Science Editor, ABC
  • Professor Geoff Webb, Professor, Monash University
  • Professor Jim Williams AM FAA FTSE, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University; and Vice President, Australian Academy of Science
  • Dr Robyn Williams AM, Presenter, The Science Show, ABC’s Radio National
  • Riana Yeates, Assistant Manager, Science Policy Section, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

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