Professor Craig Simmons, DIrector of National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training and Goyder Institute Reserach Advisory Commitee member, has been named SA Scientist of the Year.
Professor Simmons was lauded for his work on groundwater, a resource of critical importance to the Murray-Darling Basin system, water and food security, mining and the nuclear industry, and coal seam gas and fracking.
He almost singlehandedly put groundwater on the research agenda and established the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, becoming the Inaugural Schultz Chair in the Environment at Flinders University in the process.
Science Minister Gail Gago heaped praise on Professor Simmons, stating his outstanding personal contribution was helping to build a prosperous, sustainable Australia.
Professor Simmons’ win coincides with another public honour – being named as Scientist in Residence at The Advertiser, under a program devised by the Australian Science Media Centre to promote public knowledge of Australia’s world-leading research.
Professor Simmons is a member of the Goyder Institute's Research Advisory Commitee, which provides advice on the strategic director for research projects.