2021 Eureka Award finalist

UNSW SMaRT Centre Director, Professor Veena Sahajwalla has been shortlisted as a finalist of the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Australia's most high-profile science awards.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, 16 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are awarded across four categories including research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

Veena has been shortlisted with three others for the science engagement prize, in recognition for her outstanding contribution to promoting the understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

More than 10 UNSW Sydney researchers have been named as finalists across the categories.

In promoting the Prizes, the Australian Museum said:

UNSW SMaRT Centre Director, Professor Veena Sahajwalla is Australia’s foremost voice on ‘materials sustainability’, leading the translation of her ‘microrecycling science’ to deliver end-user awareness and solutions to waste, recycling and manufacturing challenges. Through her research, advocacy and dedicated industry and community collaboration, Prof. Sahajwalla is shifting the mindset to see end of life products not as waste but as a vital resource.

“It is vitally important to continue the progress made on encouraging greater participation in STEM. This participation will increasingly play an important role in industry, in the economy and in the way communities shape the future, such as the microrecycling science and new technologies I and my team are pioneering to help solve some of our urgent waste and resources challenges,” Prof. Sahajwalla said.

“Science and engineering play such a vital role in helping to solve the many challenges we face to improve our environmental, social and economic wellbeing.”

SBS Hindi published this story and podcast about Veena's work and nomination.

Read the UNSW Sydney news story announcement

Read about the Prizes

Read about the full list of finalists