Deputy Premier commends inaugural Emerging Science Leader

Published Thursday, 23 March, 2017 at 08:00 PM


Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jackie Trad

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad tonight announced Cairns scientist Dr Paul Giacomin as the state’s inaugural Emerging Science Leader in recognition of his science advocacy and research into coeliac disease.

Speaking at a Queensland science gala tonight, Ms Trad said Dr Giacomin was an accomplished immunologist from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University.

“Dr Giacomin is highly regarded for his coeliac disease research and has demonstrated a great talent for sharing the wonders of science. He is a worthy recipient of the inaugural Emerging Science Leader award,” Ms Trad said.

“He is currently studying parasitic worms to understand what they release into the body to balance our immune systems, so he can help the 250,000 Australians who suffer from coeliac disease.

“He is a 2016 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award winner and Advance Queensland Research Fellow, and actively works with the community and media to explain the wonders of science.”

Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said Dr Giacomin’s role as an Emerging Science Leader would be to advocate for Queensland science and highlight the achievements of scientists across the state.

“A passionate scientist, Dr Giacomin will promote the wonders of science to all Queenslanders and inspire emerging scientists to continue with their work,” Ms Enoch said.

“His enthusiasm for science is infectious and will hopefully spark the imagination of children in Queensland communities, encouraging them to pursue science careers.”

Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Suzanne Miller said the role would also support her as an ambassador for Queensland science.

“The selection of Dr Giacomin as Emerging Science Leader is excellent for Queensland science and will help us to achieve our vision of a Queensland population that engages in, and recognises, supports and advocates for, science,” she said.

Dr Giacomin was involved in last year’s National Science Week, visiting Trinity Beach State School and will continue to engage Queenslanders in science to help raise awareness of the great science being undertaken across Queensland.

The Emerging Science Leader was selected by a panel of senior government executives from the 39 current Advance Queensland Research Fellows, and his selection was based on a criteria which included research achievements and passion for communication and science engagement.

The award was presented at the Queensland Science Reception which was held to coincide with the World Science Festival Brisbane from 22-26 March.

Media contacts:

Deputy Premier’s office 0429 890 942
Minister Enoch’s office 0412 393 909