UQ researchers awarded Australian Laureate Fellowships

5 July 2023
Professor Janeen Baxter
Professor Janeen Baxter.

Four University of Queensland researchers have been awarded more than $12.8 million through the Australian Research Council (ARC) prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships.  

Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre) at UQ was one of the 17 recipients across Australia who the ARC awarded a total of $53.9 million to. 

These researchers will play a significant and sustained leadership role in strengthening the nation’s research and innovation capability.

Professor Baxter was also awarded the Kathleen Fitzpatrick award, recognising exceptional female researchers who will undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research and mentor early-career researchers.

UQ was awarded the highest number of fellowships in the nation for the 2023 round with four awards.

Australian Laureate Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Professor Janeen Baxter - to provide new insights into gender inequality, strengthening Australia’s social cohesion and economic progress by providing research, policy initiatives and capacity.
  • Professor Matthew Hornsey – to identify the psychological factors underpinning climate inaction, test strategies capable of catalysing action, and deliver a suite of impact tools for government, industry and innovators.
  • Professor Alpha Yap – to improve understanding of how tissues and bodies are formed and function by identifying the information pathways that cells use to communicate.
  • Professor Yusuke Yamauchi – to generate highly efficient electrocatalysts and energy conversion devices by developing the next generation of conductive porous materials.

The scheme is part of the ARC Discovery Program building Australia’s research capacity by strengthening links among the international research community and industry, and providing exceptional research training environments and mentorship.