• Audience
    Secondary school, Tertiary
  • Learning stage
    Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6
  • Learning area
    Careers, Science, Technology
  • Type
    Teaching resources, Virtual excursions

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The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country's most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

In this on demand virtual excursion, students joined the conversation with three 2023 Eureka Prize finalists and winners who discussed their work in science and science communication, shared their career journeys and celebrated their Eureka moments.


Dr Sophie Calabretto

Defence Innovation Network

Dr Sophie Calabretto is an applied mathematician, fluid mechanist, and science writer. She is currently the Associate Director of the Defence Innovation Network having transitioned to Defence from academia as part of DSTG's NAVIGATE program. Dr Calabretto is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, and Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Leicester. She’s been recognised for her excellent work as a science communicator, being awarded one of the ABC's 'Top 5 Under 40' researchers in 2017, and a finalist in the Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science in 2019 and 2020.

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Meet the Experts Eureka Prizes 2023 Panellists
Meet the Experts Eureka Prizes 2023 Panellists complilation Image: various
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Dr Kate Brandis


Dr Kate Brandis is an applied ecologist with over 20 years experience researching the waterbirds, wetlands and rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin in eastern Australia.

Her team, the Waterbirds Aerial Survey Team, were the winners of the 2023 NSW Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research. They have conducted one of the largest and longest-running wildlife surveys in the world. As well as influencing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and nomination and management of Ramsar-listed wetlands, their data has contributed to the gazettal of three new national parks, and conservation of waterbirds and freshwater ecosystems, including rivers.

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Dr Iman Roohani


Dr Iman Roohani is a biomedical engineer who has developed several novel biomaterials for the treatment of bone defects and orthopaedic implants.

His team, the UNSW Bone Ink Printing Team, was a finalist for the 2023 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for their use of 3D printing technology to construct living cell-laden structures that closely replicate real bones. With potential for directly repairing or replacing patients' bones, this breakthrough offers substantial promise in the fields of regenerative medicine, orthopaedics and dentistry.

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Dr Ricky Spencer

Western Sydney University

Dr Ricky Spencer is a zoologist and researcher of vertebrate pest control methodologies, working on the 'Turtle Crisis" in the Murray River, as well as evaluating optimal fox management strategies for managing nest predation on turtles and water birds.

His team, 1 Million Turtles, were the winners of the 2023 Department of Industry, Science and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. The 1 Million Turtle Team’s Community Conservation Program uses the TurtleSAT app to involve citizen scientists in hands-on activities such as habitat construction and restoration, nest protection and fox management. Emphasising STEM literacy and First Nations knowledge, the Australia-wide program has influenced policy, and saved over 1000 freshwater turtles and 200 nests in 2022 alone.

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