Scientist wants to release more cane toads: Wins top award

A SCIENTIST who wants to release small cane toads in areas where the pest is yet to arrive has taken out the $250,000 Prime Minister's Award for Science. 

Professor Richard Shine, originally from Brisbane, has been awarded the honour in recognition of his work in ensuring northern Australia's peak predators - snakes and lizards - survive the cane-toad invasion. 

Professor Shine has created traps for cane toads, taught quolls and goannas to avoid toads, and now plans to release small cane toads ahead of their potential arrival in new areas so predators survive their first meal of cane toad but have an aversion to eating them again. 

Another award recipient, announced tonight was Professor Michael Aitken who took out the $250,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation. 

His researchers have developed a spin-off company that is targeting health and other markets and identifying billion dollar frauds and inefficiencies in Australia's health markets.  

Winner of the inaugural $50,000 Prime Minister's Prize for New Innovators, Dr Colin Hall, a Senior Research Fellow at the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia, is creating jobs and exports through new car part technologies.

The innovation awards recognise outstanding researchers who have turned scientific research into a direct benefit to Australia's economy, driving innovation and helping Australian industry thrive in a changing world.

Other Prime Minister's Prizes for Science winners were:

Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson of the University of Queensland is using economics and maths to protect tropical forests, and guide bush renewal, and receives the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

Professor Richard Payne of the University of Sydney is reengineering proteins from nature to fight TB, malaria, stroke, and cancer, and receives the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Miss Suzanne Urbaniak from Perth is turning students on to geoscience, and receives the $50,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Mr Gary Tilley from Sydney is bringing science into the next generation of primary school classrooms, and receives the $50,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools.

As the calibre of these prize recipients demonstrates, this is an exciting time for science in Australia.

The work that is happening in labs, universities and institutions now will position us to succeed in the years, decades and generations to come.

Scientists' work improves our understanding of the world around us, helping to tackle issues that confront our country in medicine, conservation, trade industry and many other areas.

We also rely upon outstanding science teachers open the eyes of the next generations to the value of science, enabling them to make decisions in their lives based on evidence and scientific principles. 

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