SAGE Co-Founder awarded Eureka Prize

Professor Nalini Joshi

SAGE Co-Founder and Co-Chair of its establishing Committee, Professor Nalini Joshi AO FAA was awarded the University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers recently.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Joshi is a Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow in mathematics and is the Payne-Scott professor of mathematics at the University of Sydney.

Accolades and firsts

Professor Joshi has achieved many accolades and firsts in her career, for example, she is the first woman Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney.

This year she added another first to her impressive achievements when she was elected vice-president of the International Mathematical Union – the first time an Australian mathematician was elected for this role.

SAGE Executive Director, Dr Wafa El-Adhami, said it was fantastic to see Professor Joshi receive the Eureka Prize.

Outstanding mentor

“Nalini is a leading light in focusing on and making change happen in the STEM higher education and research sector in Australia, as well as being an outstanding mentor of young researchers.

“This prestigious award is extremely well deserved,” said Dr El-Adhami.

Mentoring more than 30 researchers over her career, Professor Joshi makes the invisible visible by pointing out hidden barriers to success.

“I encourage leadership skills and independence, so researchers blaze their own pathway in research.

Increasing participation

“It’s so important to increase participation of women and minority groups in STEM to support and retain women researchers,” she said.

With her ongoing impressive work and this respected and important award, that is exactly what Professor Joshi is doing.

Professor Joshi interview with Charlie Pickering on ABC TV’s The Weekly