Researcher wins top gong for planting seeds of success

29 August 2019

A biologist from The Australian National University (ANU) has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious science prizes.

Professor Barry Pogson, Head of Plant Sciences at the ANU Research School of Biology, has won the 2019 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Professor Pogson says his vision is to create strong links between researchers, industry leaders and policy makers that collectively shape agriculture for the benefit of global food security.

"I believe better leadership across disciplines and enduring change to gender equity and diversity requires a new generation of empowered leaders," Professor Pogson said.

This was the second year in a row Professor Pogson was named a Eureka Prize finalist.

In total, seven ANU researchers were among the finalists for six Eureka Prizes in 2019.

This is highest number of nominations the University has received since the awards were established almost 20 years ago.

ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Keith Nugent congratulated all of this year's winners, paying tribute to the ANU finalists and Professor Pogson.  

"Research has the power to transform our society, our lives and our economy for the better. This is what ANU researchers strive to do every day," he said.

"These prizes are a well-earned recognition of this important work, and demonstrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of research taking place day in and day out across the ANU campus.

"I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our researchers. The entire ANU community applauds and thanks them for their incredible and worthwhile contributions." 

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research an innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

The winners were announced at an awards dinner in Sydney on Wednesday 28 August.