Issue 2 - 5 April 2021
Monday, 05 April 2021
Charles Darwin University
The 2021 NT Young Tall Poppy Awards are now open for applications. Previous winner Dr Carla Eisemberg pictured.
The 2021 NT Young Tall Poppy Awards are now open for applications. Previous winner Dr Carla Eisemberg pictured.

Young NT researchers stand tall

By Jessica Evans

The 2021 NT Young Tall Poppy Awards, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, are now open for researchers within the Territory working in all fields of science.

Charles Darwin University is encouraging applicants from variety of disciplines including biomedical, engineering, mathematics, technology and other applied or cross disciplinary sciences to apply.

Applications will be accepted until Tuesday 6 April 2021.

CDU Director of Research and Innovation Dr Steve Rogers congratulated the past winners for their research and encouraged more nominations for the 2021 awards.

“These awards are considered an early indicator of Australia’s future scientific leaders,” Dr Rogers said.

Dr Rogers said the awards were a great way for researchers to be recognised nationally and to gain exposure for their work.

“We’re focused on encouraging our researchers to communicate their work and research beyond their laboratories for the benefit of generations to come and we’d encourage candidates to put in an application,” he said.

Past recipients’ achievements include impactful research across ecology, health, infectious disease, and the environment:

  • 2020 – Dr Carla Eisemberg, RIEL, (Ecology)
  • 2017 – Dr Matthew Grigg, Menzies School of Health Research (Malaria)
  • 2016 – Dr Michelle Boyle, Menzies School of Health Research/Burnet Institute, (Malaria immunology)
  • 2015 – A/Prof. Brett Murphy, RIEL, (Environment)

Dr Eisemberg was recognised for her research on relationships between wildlife ecology, harvest and conservation practices to assist communities in managing their resources.

“It was extremely rewarding to receive this award,” Dr Eisemberg said.

“I was able to improve my network within the Northern Territory and have my work valued on a larger scale than it was before. I would really recommend anyone to apply for it.”

Her research focused on the nutritional value of turtle meat for remote communities, which showed that it has a high concentration of iron.

The results of her research have the potential to influence future health programs addressing anaemia, as well as being an inspiration for indigenous enterprises in remote communities, such as turtle farming and sustainable harvesting.

Nominees for the 2021 NT Young Tall Poppy Awards must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Be working in industry or policy sectors and demonstrate a high level of research achievement to those in research institutions
  • Hold a PhD which must have been completed within three to 10 years of the nomination closing date.

Applicants from the social and behavioural sciences will also be considered if their research demonstrates significant scientific analytical rigour.

An online information session to assist applicants with applying for a Young Tall Poppy Award held recently can be accessed directly here.

More information on the awards can be found here and further information on past recipients can be found here.

For feedback or guidance with your application, contact Dr Carla Eisemberg, Science Outreach Manager by email at