Awards and recognition


Poppies walking tall

Two Macquarie scientists have been named among the Australian Institute of Policy and Science’s 2021 Young Tall Poppies in New South Wales.

Astrophysicist Dr Devika Kamath (main picture) and reptile biologist Dr Georgia Ward-Fear were among the ten NSW recipients recognised for their intellectual and scientific excellence, and will be supported by the Institute to undertake engagement activities that promote a greater public understanding of their work. Both women have also been recognised as previous Superstars of STEM.

“I’m thrilled to be named a NSW Young Tall Poppy,” says Georgia, who also stars in the children’s book series Aussie STEM Stars. “It allows me to raise the profile for Australia’s most important conservation issues and help achieve my ultimate goal – to protect wild animals in wild places.”

All state and territory winners will compete for the 2021 Young Tall Poppy of the Year title at the national awards to be held later this year.


The Macquarie Business School has joined the world’s leading business schools with official accreditation from the  Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education.

“Macquarie Business School is known amongst employers and students alike as the place to be for real-world application and employer-relevant skills,” says Professor Eric Knight, Executive Dean of Macquarie Business School. “This accreditation will unlock exciting opportunities for our students and alumni to develop the skills, knowledge and networking to further them in their careers.”

Every university needs a good lawyer

Associate Professor Nengye Liu, Director of the Centre for Environmental Law, has been named as a finalist in the Academic of the Year category in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – a pinnacle event in Australia for recognising outstanding legal professionals. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 20 August.

Macquarie among Lancet’s 17 global cardiovascular experts  

Dr Anastasia Mihailidou, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, has been named as one of 17 global experts in the Lancet’s Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Women Commission, which recently released a report: Reducing Global Burden by 2030. CVD is the leading cause of death among women, responsible for 35 per cent of deaths in women per year worldwide, with cardiovascular disease mortality increasing in young women.

When sweeping the ocean isn’t such a bad thing…

There was very nearly a Macquarie clean sweep of student awards at Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference last week, with our Biological Sciences students nabbing five of the seven prizes:

Paco Martinez Baena – best oral presentation
Tristan Guillemin – best fisheries and environment presentation
Ryan Nevatte – best fisheries and environment presentation
Gemma Clifton – best poster presentation
Audrey-Rose Watson – most creative presentation 

“This success illustrates the excellence in marine research and training within our Faculty of Science and Engineering,” notes Professor Nathan Hart, Head of the Department of Biological Sciences. “Our thanks go to the many staff and students who helped organise the conference, including Lou Tosetto and Associate Professor Jane Williamson who chaired the Organising and Conference Scientific committees respectively.” 


Macquarie joins four US and two other Australian universities that have collectively been awarded a grant under the US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) to develop the science behind robust Human-Bot Cybersecurity Teams (HBCT).  

Professor Dali Kaafar, Executive Director of The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub and Associate Professor Shlomo Berkovsky from Macquarie University’s Australian Institute of Health Innovation are investigators on the project, which will develop solutions to help explain machine learning outcomes and build AI techniques that are robust against cyber security adversaries.


Fintech company Propsa has awarded a research grant of more than $2 million to a Macquarie research team led by Dr Amin Beheshti, Director of the AI-enabled Processes (AIP) Research Centre.  The funded project will advance the scientific understanding of AI-enabled Risk Assessment in financial services. 

Congratulations to Dr Pierrick Bourrat from the Department of Philosophy who has been awarded AUD $1,045,098 by the John Templeton Foundation to fund his project, Evolutionary transitions in individuality: from ecology to teleonomy. The project seeks to establish a coherent conceptual framework for identifying mechanisms of evolutionary transitions in individuality—transitions in the unity of purposive behaviour—and verify the importance of ecological conditions as mechanisms enabling biological individuality.

If you have an award or achievement to share with Macquarie staff, let us know.





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