2022 Australian Council of Graduate Research Excellence Award Winners Announced

May 2022


Exceptional academic staff at the forefront of Australian graduate research training have been recognised in this year’s Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR) Excellence Awards.

Encompassing three categories, the ACGR Awards span key aspects of graduate research training, recognising excellence and innovation in supervision, leadership and industry engagement.

This year’s winners included the ARC Centre for Medical Implant Technology (CMIT) of The University of Melbourne who were recognised for excellence in promoting industry engagement in graduate research.

Associate Professor Lauren Ball of Griffith University was acknowledged for excellence in graduate research supervision.

Dr Dani Milos of Flinders University was announced as the winner of the 2022 ACGR Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Leadership.

ACGR President, Professor Imelda Whelehan, praised both the high number and exceptional calibre of this year’s nominations.

“The ACGR Excellence Awards recognise outstanding performance in higher degree research supervision, leadership and industry engagement,” she said.

“The dedication, professionalism and innovative practice of each of our 2022 Award recipients truly makes a difference to research cultures, HDR student experience and industry partnerships across the country.

“We offer our sincere thanks to the 19 institutions who submitted nominations for this year’s ACGR Excellence Awards.

“With 29 nominations in total, our judging panels certainly had their work cut out given the excellence and sustained commitment to graduate research on show,” Professor Whelehan said.

Established in 2017, ACGR’s annual awards celebrate the highly committed leaders and supervisors of Australia’s graduate research candidates. They recognise those who work with industry partners and end-users to foster the next generation of Australian researchers and innovators.

Nominations for each of the three award categories were assessed by an independent and expert panel comprising representatives from the ACGR, member institutions as well as a current HDR candidate and an industry representative.

Each award-winning individual or team receives a grant of $3000 as well as an invitation to attend a ACGR national meeting.

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