Western researchers win Eureka Prize as part of the NSW Bushfire Hub

The NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub — a research collaboration between Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, University of Tasmania and UNSW — has won the prestigious 2021 NSW Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE) Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research.

Dr Rachael Nolan and Associate Professor Matthias Boer from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment are among the team recognised for their extensive research into the devastating Black Summer bushfires.

The team’s diverse research findings, including into droughts, fuel dynamics, and the social and environmental impacts of the fires, have informed recommendations made by the NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

Dr Rachael Nolan said winning the Eureka Prize was great recognition of the work the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub does, including working closely with industry to improve bushfire management.

“Working with the NSW Bushfire Hub, and our industry partners, is incredibly rewarding. I’m thrilled our research has been recognised by this Eureka Prize,” said Dr Nolan.

Associate Professor Matthias Boer, who leads the fire research group at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, said there was no other consortium in Australia with such a broad perspective on fire risk management.

“The NSW Bushfire Hub is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration of universities in which each brings their research strengths to solving some genuinely complex questions around fire risk,” said Associate Professor Boer.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

For more information on the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prize winners, visit the web page (opens in a new window).


8 October 2021

Media Unit