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Dr Abigail Allwood

ADVANCE GLOBAL AUSTRALIAN AWARD WINNER 2020
ADVANCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD WINNER 2020


Dr Abigail Allwood is at the cutting-edge of space exploration. She is one of only seven principal investigators developing innovative instruments to accompany the Mars 2020 Rover expedition. Not only is she the first Australian, but also the first woman scientific lead on a Mars mission. During Abigail’s exceptional career she has authored countless articles, is a visiting scholar at California Institute of Technology and acts as an editorial board member and review scientist for some of the world’s leading space agencies. Perhaps, most importantly, Abigail is a passionate advocate for science education and believes that Australia needs to invest more in STEM education and opportunities if we are to curtail the brain drain of our brightest minds and talents.

Dr Abigail Allwood is well recognised as a world-leading field geologist, astrobiologist and research scientist with NASA’s prestigious Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her focus is the Planetary Instrument for X-Ray Lithochemistry (a $39M project involving some of the world’s best scientists and engineers) which will examine rock chemistry as part of the Mars 2020 Rover expedition. Abigail has authored over 60 journal articles, abstracts and conference papers and is a review panel scientist for NASA, European Space Agency and Swiss National Science Foundation. Earlier in her career, Abigail was responsible for groundbreaking-work proving billion-year-old rock formations in Australia’s Pilbara region held records of Earth’s oldest life forms. The discovery made the cover of the renowned Nature international journal. 


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Finalist for the Science and Technology Award 2020
> Introducing the work of finalist Abigail Allwood | Watch

Winner of the Advance Science and Technology Award 2020
> Tesla Chairman, Robyn Denholm presents the Award to Abigail Allwood | Watch
> Celebrating the work of winner Abigail Allwood | Watch
> Acceptance speech by Advance Ambassador Emeritus, Josephine Linden on behalf of Abigail Allwood | Watch

Winner of the Advance Global Australian Award 2020
> Presentation by Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison to Abigail Allwood | Watch
> Acceptance speech by Advance Ambassador Emeritus, Josephine Linden on behalf of Abigail Allwood | Watch