Elsevier and the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) have awarded the winners of the 3rd annual Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards 2012, at the ARMS 14th annual conference on the Gold Coast.

The Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards is part of a global initiative by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, recognising outstanding young scientists and researchers. The Awards support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines.

One hundred and forty-nine young researchers, employed at institutions of higher education across Australia and New Zealand, submitted their research for consideration for the respective award categories: Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Biological Sciences and Medicine and Medical Sciences.  

The winners and finalists were selected by an independent panel of three experts per category. Applicants were evaluated largely based on the key criteria: research impact (taking into account the average number of citations per paper and H-index derived from Scopus), external impact and esteem contribution.

Winners and finalists in each category are from the following institutions:

Humanities and Social Sciences – Winner: Professor Philip Morgan, University of Newcastle

-    Finalists: Associate Professor Michelle Moulds, The University of New South Wales; Dr. Adam Brumm, University of Wollongong; Dr. Monique Robinson, University of Western Australia (Star Award, Special Mention)

Physical Sciences
 – Winner: Dr. Andrew Bowie, University of Tasmania

-    Finalists: Dr. Michael Breadmore, University of Tasmania; Associate Professor Robert Shellie, University of Tasmania

Engineering and Technology 
 – Winner: Dr. Cyrille Boyer, The University of New South Wales

-    Finalists: Professor Jinhu Lu, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Professor Ajayan Vinu, University of Queensland

Life Sciences and Biological Sciences 
 – Winner: Dr. Michael Kasumovic, The University of New South Wales

-    Finalists: Dr. Aeron Hurt, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza; Associate Professor Keith Stubbs, University of Western Australia

Medicine and Medical Sciences
 – Winner: Dr. Genevieve Healy, The University of Queensland

-    Finalists: Dr. Lisa Moran, University of Adelaide; Dr. Mark Hutchinson, University of Adelaide

“The Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) together with the entire academic community works very hard to maintain the integrity of Australian research. The recipients of these awards are exemplary models of ethical and professional researchers who uphold the high standards that all researchers should strive towards,” said Dr. Ren Yi, ARMS President. 

“Elsevier is honoured to continue the tradition of recognising the achievements of early career researchers in Australasia. Our ultimate goal is to support the young researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of their research disciplines. The discoveries made by these talented individuals will shape the future of Australasia’s research capacity, innovative abilities and economic growth. We are proud to support the early career endeavours of the scientific community,” said Mr Lim Kok Keng, Managing Director, Academic & Government, Science & Technology (S&T), Elsevier Asia Pacific.