COMMUNITY RECOGNITION: Dr Linda Pfeiffer flanked by ministers Shannon Fentiman and Leeanne Enoch at the Queensland Women in STEM Research Prize awards.
COMMUNITY RECOGNITION: Dr Linda Pfeiffer flanked by ministers Shannon Fentiman and Leeanne Enoch at the Queensland Women in STEM Research Prize awards.

Stem researcher recognised at World Science Festival

CQ UNIVERSITY research fellow Dr Linda Pfeiffer has won the 2016 Queensland Women in STEM Research Prize, presented as part of the World Science Festival in Brisbane.

The award, shared with two others, recognises her work in STEM Education and Engagement.

Gladstone-based Dr Pfeiffer attended the prize ceremony last Friday in Brisbane, where she heard from "leading scientists and communicators and of course women".

"Of course there was a lot of networking and I met lots of great people," she said.

"I just want to say a huge thank you for those who voted for me in the People's Choice award category and supporting me with STEM Education.

"It is so important to provide a link between the STEM experts in their fields and children, teachers and the wider community."

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman announced the recipients of the inaugural Women in STEM competition.

The awards were presented at the Bucking the sySTEM: The Myth of Merit event, designed to bring together men and women to champion women in STEM.

Minister Enoch said the Women in STEM competition sought to encourage innovation and collaboration between women engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics research.

"Queensland's women scientists are at the cutting edge of breakthroughs and discoveries that make a difference to the well-being of individuals and communities locally, nationally and globally," Ms Enoch said.

"The Women in STEM competition recognises these achievements and will help to raise the profile of women scientists and their work."

Ms Enoch said she was delighted to award the Women in STEM Jury Choice $5000 prize between three recipients.

"With more than 50 high-calibre entries from across Australia, the panel had a difficult time deciding a winner," she said.

"The panel made the decision to split the award between Dr Shyuan Ngo, from the University of Queensland, Professor Josephine Forbes, from the Mater Research Institute, and Dr Linda Pfeiffer, from CQUniversity."

The competition is supported by the World Science Festival Brisbane.



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