Tasmanian government's 2017 STEM Excellence Awards recipients named

The state’s second annual Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards have been awarded, celebrating brilliance in science, technology, engineering and maths across the state.

Professor Graham Edgar from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies has been named 2017 Tasmanian STEM Researcher of the Year, for his leadership on a collaborative effort assessing human impacts on marine environments.

The STEM Primary Teacher of the Year was Philippa Clymo from Waimea Heights Primary School, and Secondary Teacher was Ann Burke from Marist Regional College.

STEM Innovation of the Year Award was jointly awarded to Dr Alexander Bissember and Associate Professor Jason Smith for the development of a new hot water extraction method of identifying potential beneficial medicines in plants.

Emily Flies was named STEM Communicator of the Year, co-founder of Science in the Pub Tasmania.

Dr Catherine Blizzard from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research was named Young STEM Researcher of the Year for her work on motor neurone disease.

Information Technology Minister Michael Ferguson congratulated the winners of the awards that are supported by the state government, Inspiring Australia, the University of Tasmania and Engineers Australia.