Plant scientist Dr Jayakumar Bose has been named a 2017 South Australian Tall Poppy in recognition of his work at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Adelaide here at Waite, as well as his earlier scientific endeavours.

The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are presented annually by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) and aim to recognise individuals who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science and who demonstrate great leadership potential.

Dr Jay Bose has been proactively involved in science communication and outreach activities in the three different states in which he has lived (South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia).

In South Australia, he regularly promotes science by giving presentations on climate-proofing crops, showcasing the virtual plant cell and involving school children in running a seedling growth experiment on salt water at events such as the ConocoPhillips Science Experience, Science Alive, Global Food Sustainability and the University of Adelaide Open day.

Jay has also represented plant scientists at the “Science Meets Parliament 2017”, an event involving communicating science with policymakers and parliamentarians.

Dr Jay Bose is a recent recipient of highly prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to discover genes that allow photosynthetic organelles of naturally salt-loving plants to function optimally during salt stress.

Dr Jay Bose was presented with his Tall Poppy award during a ceremony held last night at Government House South Australia by the Governor of SA the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO.

“I am truly honoured to receive this award” says Dr Bose. “I am looking forward to future outreach programs to show school children about how useful, relevant, exciting and rewarding science can be”.

Congratulations to Jay and to all the other 2017 Tall Poppy Award recipients.

Link: University of Adelaide announcement


Pictured (L-R): Mrs Lan Le, Governor of SA the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Dr Jay Bose, Professor Joe Shapter, Chair of the Tall Poppy selection committee

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