A swathe of NCI users have been nominated as finalists in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

The annual Eureka Prizes recognises excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. This year’s cohort of seventeen finalists includes several NCI researchers.

NCI extends its most sincere congratulations to all of the researchers nominated. Winners will be announced on the 24th of November. Good luck everyone!


Professor Vanessa Hayes, Garvan Institute of Medical Research & University of Sydney

Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.

Prof. Hayes has been nominated for leading a study investigating the homeland of modern humans in southern Africa. The study intends to shed light on the first 100,000 years of modern human history, and whether climate change may have caused migrations of humans out of southern Africa. Prof. Hayes’ research has previously featured on NCI’s website.


Professor Michelle Coote from the Coote-Ciampi-Darwish Team, ANU & Curtin University UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research

Prof. Coote and her team have shown that electric fields can be used to manipulate chemical reactions. This research paves the way for safer and greener methods for material fabrication. Prof. Coote is a long time user of NCI’s resources and has featured in many of our research highlights, including Unlocking the power of enzymes and Super-charging solar cell efficiency.


Professor Robert F. Park, University of Sydney

CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science

Prof. Park is being recognised for his work into sustainable agriculture, specifically for leading efforts to develop cereal varieties that are resistant to genetic disease.


Dr Sophie Calabretto, Macquarie University

Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science

Dr. Calabretto is being recognised for her work into scientific outreach and her advocation for science, specifically higher mathematics. She has been an integral part of many NCI outreach initiatives, including her position as Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural Australasian Leadership Computing Symposium. Dr Calabretto has previously featured on NCI’s website for designing better planes with supercomputing and as one of our very first Humans of NCI.