Australia Australia and New Zealand New Zealand

Introducing the award

The Scopus Young Researcher Awards are part of an Elsevier global initiative to support early career researchers, with the intention of supporting young researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines.  The Young Researcher Awards has been designed to recognise outstanding young scientists and researchers in Australasia who have made significant contributions in their areas of research.

The Australasian researchers are well known internationally for their achievements and dedicated contributions to various fields of research. To honour these achievements ARMS and Elsevier are proud to bring you the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards for 2013 with the following categories:

  1. SYRA-Banner-WebHumanities and Social Sciences 
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Engineering and Technologies
  4. Life Sciences and Biological Sciences
  5. Medicine and Medical Sciences


The winners of the 2013 award were:


Award Category: Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Zenobia Jacobs
University of Wollongong, Australia

Subject Area: Human Evolution/OSL Dating


Award Category: Physical Sciences

Professor Bryan Gaensler
University of Sydney, Australia

Subject Area: Astronomy

da wei wang 

Award Category: Engineering and Technology

Dr. Da-Wei Wang
University of Queensland, Australia

Subject Area: Electrochemicals Materials and Nanotechnology

barry brook 

Award Category: Life Sciences and Biological Sciences

Dr. Barry William Brook
University of Adelaide, Australia

Subject Area: Life Sciences and Biological Sciences

Jodie Simpson 

Award Category: Medicine and Medical Sciences

Assc Prof. Jodie Louise Simpson
University of Newcastle, Australia

Subject Area: Asthma and Inflammation

The winners of the 2012 award were:

  • Physical Sciences - Dr. Andrew Bowie, University of Tasmania
  • Engineering and Technology - Dr. Cyrille Boyer, The University of New South Wales
  • Medicine and Medical Sciences - Dr. Genevieve Healy, The University of Queensland
  • Life Sciences and Biological Sciences - Dr. Michael Kasumovic, The University of New South Wales
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - Professor Philip Morgan, University of Newcastle


The Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards is part of a global initiative by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, recognizing outstanding young scientists and researchers. The Awards support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines.

Application Process

Applications were via nominations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age: 40 years of age or less as of 1st July 2013
  • Nationality: Australia or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Employment Status: Employee of an Australasian Research Institution who:
    • is currently engaged in research activities that fall under one of the Award categories
    • is employed on a 0.5 EFT or above contract or continuing position and not a full-time research student, although may be concurrently pursuing higher degree by research qualifications
    • is published in peer-reviewed literature

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria                                      Indicators

1. Number of publication

Only the last 5 years (1st January 2008 to 1stJanuary 2013) of publication output will be accessed. (derived from Scopus)

2. Research Output

Number of citation (excluding self-citations), taking into account the average number of citations per paper, H-index and M-index (derived from Scopus & SciVal Strata).

3. External Impact

Documented evidence of the impact the applicant's research has had outside the research field of study and academia generally, including any positive change (social/economic/technological, etc.) brought about by, or any interventions induced by, the applicant's research.

4. Esteem Contribution

Documented evident of the applicant's positive contributions to their field/s of research and/or to the broader research community. Contributions might include, for example, being an editor of recognized research publication; a fellow or member of a professional/academic society or learned academy; and/or public or professional recognition of the applicant's research contributions.


  • Application of Criteria 1 and 2  will vary depending on the award category and academic discipline.
  • Application of Criteria 3 and 4 will be judged from a brief summary of the main theme/contribution of the research – no more than 3 pages based on output such as published articles, and/or books, and/or equivalent creative output.


The review and decision process is managed by five panels. Each panel is made up of three experts. All panellists are selected by ARMS.

The 2013 Scopus Young Research of the Year Awards attracted more than 100 applications from multiple premier research institutions across Australia and New Zealand. Applications were judged by independent panels of subject experts for each of the award categories.


For more information, please email Macy Lee,