The winners of the 2016 Premier's Science Awards were announced on Thursday, 18 August at the annual ceremony hosted by the Office of Science and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet as part of National Science Week.
The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community, and those within the field who exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement efforts taking place in the State.
Sean Salter, Woodside's Vice President Technology, attended the event to present the Woodside-sponsored Early Scientist of the Year Award to Dr Scott Draper, Senior Lecturer for the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia.
Dr Draper is known internationally for his research in offshore fluid mechanics. He has developed models to optimise the configuration of offshore wind and tidal turbines for renewable energy, predict seabed scour and estimate the stability of offshore structures in extreme wave conditions. His research on marine renewable energy provided one of the first accurate assessment of marine renewable energy resources in the UK. Across all fields of offshore fluid mechanics, Dr Draper has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, has worked on multiple Australian Research Council projects and has supervised award winning PhD and Master students.
The Early Scientist of the Year Award recognises an outstanding scientist who is within the first five years of completing their highest degree and has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement.
During the ceremony, Premier Colin Barnett and WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken presented Professor Kingsley Dixon, Curtin Professor and Visiting Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Curtin University), with the overall 2016 Scientist of the Year Award. The award recognises his outstanding efforts in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science.
We congratulate Dr Scott Draper, Professor Kingsley Dixon and all of the winners and finalists of the Awards.