Tall Poppy Campaign

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The University of Adelaide is proud to sponsor for another year the South Australian Tall Poppy Campaign.

The South Australian Tall Poppy Campaign recognises the very best of South Australia's future science leaders, while also engaging the public in important scientific debates and successfully diversifying the field of study of Tall Poppy winners.

The University not only shares its philosophy of encouraging and celebrating excellence in scientific research – but supports all the opportunities the Campaign has to offered to all Tall Poppies to expose themselves to industry and peer networking opportunities.

Tall Poppy Awards 2019

The 2019 SA Tall Poppies were announced on the 29th July at a reception at the Barr Smith Library attended by the Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, The Honourable David Pisoni MP, and Dignitaries. There were eight Tall Poppies this year, with the University of Adelaide researchers recieving four of them, including Tall Poppy of the Year Award. 

Congratulations to all the winners for this year, their ongoing research and engagement in the community and media will help shape the future in ways we can't imagine. 

Dr Daniel King
Dr Daniel King -
Psychology, Behavioural Addictions 

Dr King’s research focuses on ‘Internet gaming disorder’ and its conceptualisation, measurement, prevention, and treatment. His work has identified practical ways to combat excessive gaming, such as challenging unhelpful thoughts, understanding the ways that games are designed to be addictive, and promoting ‘technology-free’ days and engagement in other activities. 

Daniel actively promotes his research findings in an array of areas, including at public lectures and at events focused on gambling addiction, contributes to online resources for parents through the Raising Children website, and engaged with young people about the benefits and drawbacks of technology. Dr King received his PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2010, and is currently a senior research fellow at the University of Adelaide. 

Dr Giang Nguyen
Dr Giang Nguyen -  
Mathematics, Applied Probability 

Dr Nguyen’s research uses probability and statistics to develop models to gain insight, and aid in decision making processes in real-life situations. She has applied these models to a wide array of fields, ranging from cancer treatment, to predicting the South Australian power grid. 

Giang’s enthusiasm for mathematics is shown by her numerous maths outreach activities, including, volunteering in the CSIRO Mathematics in Schools program, development of a Maths in Life app, and contributing to The Random Sample podcast. Dr Nguyen received her PhD from the University of South Australia in 2009, and is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. 

Dr Nigel Rogasch
Dr Nigel Rogasch - Neuroscience

Dr Rogasch’s research combines non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging methods to uncover differences in prefrontal mechanisms between people with healthy cognitive function and those with schizophrenia, and looks at identifying how best to alter these mechanisms. This research has the potential to inform potential new treatments for improving cognitive function across a vast range of brain disorders.

Nigel’s enthusiastic science communication spans national television programs, radio and print interviews, and regular public lectures and school visits. He also established a work experience program that brings school students into the lab, and developed a science club with primary school students. Dr Rogasch received his PhD from Monash University in 2014, and is currently a senior research fellow at the University of Adelaide, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and Monash University.

Dr Danny Wilson
Dr Danny Wilson - Malaria Biology, Parasitology

Dr Wilson’s research is focused on tackling this issue on two fronts: developing new drugs that kill malaria parasites, and working on developing a vaccine for the parasites. He has identified new drug chemotypes to develop as antimalarials, and developed new parasite tools to fast-track malaria vaccine development. 

Danny communicates his science through numerous radio interviews, using a claymation video, and through science evenings at kindergartens. Dr Wilson received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2009, and is currently a senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide.