Eureka, we have a winner

The Eureka Prizes are often called the Oscars of Science. It is the STEM sector's night of nights, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of scientists, teams, leaders, school students and science communicators.

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The Department of Planning Industry and Environment sponsors the NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research. The prize is awarded for outstanding research that has led to a practical improvement in the management or protection of Australia's natural environment, posed by threats such as bushfires, pests, weeds and climate change.

This year we were overwhelmed by the calibre of applications we received and are immensely proud of this year's finalists and winning team.

We are pleased to congratulate the winner of the 2021 NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research the NSW Bushfire Hub.

We’d also like to celebrate the finalists for the prize, whose incredible work is helping ensure that environmental research and science informs conservation action and policy. 

2021 winner

Yarrangobilly River Post Bushfires - March 2020NSW Bushfire Hub

University of Wollongong; Western Sydney University; University of Tasmania; and UNSW

The NSW Bushfire Hub, a consortium of 4 research groups, undertook extensive research into the devastating Black Summer bushfires. Their findings addressed major knowledge gaps relating to droughts, fuel dynamics, and the social and environmental impacts of the fires directly influencing many of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry recommendations and setting the future direction for fire management.

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2021 finalists

Cows at a farm in DubboFutureFeed

FutureFeed; CSIRO; James Cook University; and Meat and Livestock Australia

Ruminants, such as cattle and sheep, are responsible for a large proportion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane. A natural feed ingredient made from seaweed, FutureFeed, is significantly reducing methane contributions from red meat and dairy livestock while simultaneously increasing sector productivity, offering a solution to 2 major global challenges: climate change and hunger.

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Marine life Staghorn coral and blue green damselfishCoral Nurture Program

University of Technology Sydney and Wavelength Reef Cruises

In a world-first, scientists are partnering with local tourism operators to implement a coral restoration project that is reaping benefits for the Great Barrier Reef and communities that rely on it. Since 2018, the Coral Nurture Program has undertaken widespread coral planting to boost the health of local reef sites and introduced a new industry model for stewardship.

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