The University of Newcastle’s Dr Hannah Power was one of three finalists in the national search to find an Australian nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (also known as the ASPIRE Prize).
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews, congratulated the finalists for Australia’s nomination to the 2015 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE).
This year’s prize was focused on disaster risk reduction and was open to researchers working in sustainable development, disaster management, urban planning and engineering, amongst other areas.
“It is vital to build the resilience of communities against natural disasters like cyclones that frequently occur in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Mrs Andrews.
“These young scientists make a vital contribution to disaster resilience. Their work will help ensure the region’s economic prosperity can continue to grow, even in the wake of these events.”
Disaster Risk Reduction is a topic that Dr Power, a lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at UON has as a focus. Dr Power’s research focuses on the processes and morphology of coastal
environments – with a recent focus on project-modelling tsunami
inundation in NSW waterways.
APEC is a valuable forum for engaging with the Asia-Pacific region, and the Aspire Prize highlights our elite scientific talent to our neighbours.
One of three nominees, Dr Power was chosen from a highly competitive field and was runner up to Dr Katharine Haynes – who will be Australia’s successful nominee to the 2015 ASPIRE Prize.
Presenting the awards on behalf of Minister Macfarlane, Parliamentary Secretary Karen Andrews said she was delighted that all three finalists were women.
“Researchers make a vital contribution to our communities and the economy, but less than 20 per cent of senior scientists at our universities and research institutes are women. Prizes like this showcase the fantastic work of our female scientists and encourage more young women to pursue a career in STEM,” said Mrs Andrews.
“These awards show that science can provide solutions to real-world problems and cooperation across national boundaries can help to protect communities.”