This award was created to enable emerging or current leaders to achieve their leadership vision.

The award provides for two $5,000 Future Leaders Awards for Mid-Career scientists in biomedical research who are emerging or current leaders.  One additional $5,000 Future Leaders Award was awarded for a mid-career professional and support service staff member who has demonstrated leadership potential through their work.

  Dr Lucy Sullivan,  The Peter Doherty Institute       Award for Scientific Leader

Dr Lucy Sullivan, The Peter Doherty Institute

Award for Scientific Leader

What does leadership and success in science mean to you? What is your vision?

My future vision is leading a successful team of scientists that are internationally recognised by high impact publications and the recipients of competitive funding. I also strive to be a leader in the advancement of equity in science. I wish to create a diverse workplace that encourages flexible and new ideas, thereby maximising productivity and prosperity. I strive to provide a space for this to occur in my Institute and my community.

  Dr Jess Nithianantharajah,  The Florey Institute     Award for Scientific Leader

Dr Jess Nithianantharajah, The Florey Institute

Award for Scientific Leader

What does leadership and success in science mean to you? What is your vision?

My vision is to be an authentic leader, and be a female role model for diversity. My family moved from Sri Lanka to Australia when I was 8 years old fleeing a war-torn country. From the challenges of moving to a country when I didn’t speak English to growing up in rural Victoria in the 80s where we were the only dark-skinned family, I strongly value science and education, and am an advocate for passion and perseverance being the key factors that underlie success. I hope my journey, both the struggles and achievements, inspires others to be authentic in the pursuit of success in both science and life.

  Elizabeth Bremmer,  Murdoch Children's Research Institute     Award for Professional Leader

Elizabeth Bremmer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Award for Professional Leader

What does leadership and success in science mean to you? What is your vision?

As a manager who supports the development of researchers and research support staff, including diversity and equity initiatives, my vision is to raise the profile of Human Resources professionals that support research in Australia. With the support of this award I plan to explore standards such as the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ that currently exist in Europe.

The ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’, attained after a thorough analysis of an institution's HR policies is carried out, identify the research institutions that provide a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers. The introduction of similar standards in Australia would lead to more consistent support for researcher career development and research outcomes