Pictured above L-R is Woodside's Chief Operations Officer, Mike Utsler, with Woodside Early Career Scientist Awardee, Dr Hannah Moore and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, the Hon Donna Faragher
Dr Hannah Moore, from the Telethon Kids Institute, has been named the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year at the 2015 Premier's Science Awards.
The Early Career Scientist Award, sponsored by Woodside, is given to an outstanding scientist who is within the first five years of completing their highest degree and who has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement.
Dr Moore, an epidemiologist, is currently investigating how to prevent and reduce serious respiratory infections in children. Dr Moore's impressive research career includes being awarded various research grants, prizes and fellowships; most notably a fellowship to attend the 64th Meeting of Nobel Laureates.
In congratulating Dr Moore on her award win, Woodside Chief Operations Officer Mike Utsler said the company was proud to sponsor this award as it highlighted emerging scientific talent.
"Woodside is focused on bringing new solutions to complex challenges, just as Dr Moore is," he said. "But, while we focus on oil and gas, her innovative work provides new insights into how Respiratory Syncytial Virus develops and spreads in the community."
The evening also saw one of Woodside's community partners, Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA), announced as the winner of the Science Engagement Initiative of the Year. Woodside partners with ESWA to deliver the Woodside Australian Science Project (WASP) which aims to produce support packages for the Earth Science component of the Australian Curriculum.
ESWA develops teaching and learning resources, provides professional development for teachers, offers free classroom incursions, and assists with field experiences for students and supporting events. Recently ESWA were in Karratha, helping out at Woodside's FeNaClNG Festival exhibit.
Woodside's Manager Social Investment, Jo Ferrie, said engaging school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education was a community investment priority for Woodside.
"Developing the minds of future generations so they are better equipped to contribute to Western Australia's growth, is at the heart of Woodside's support of ESWA," she said.
"It is essential that we engage people early and foster their interest in STEM so that they can one day contribute to the knowledge base and skills bank that we need in Western Australia," Ms Ferrie said.
For more information on ESWA and the Woodside Australia Science Project, click here.
For details on all the winners of the Premier's Science Awards 2015, click here.
Pictured above, Earth Science Western Australia CEO Jo Watkins is presented with the award for Science Engagement Initiative of the Year