Queensland Museum Medal winner 2019 unveiled

07 November 2019

Dr Jim Thompson, CEO Queensland Museum Network, Dr Robert Adlard 2019 Queensland Museum Medal Recipient and Dr Geoff Ginn, Queensland Museum Board Member Queensland Museum is delighted to announce former Head of Marine Biodiversity and Principal Curator Dr Robert Adlard has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Queensland Museum Medal for his contribution to science and research in the field of Parasitology.

Queensland Museum Chairperson Professor Margaret Sheil AO said the Queensland Museum Medal acknowledges outstanding achievements and major contributions to individuals for excellence in museum research, collections, community projects and partnerships.

“Dr Adlard’s distinguished career as an international leader in the field of parasite biodiversity makes him a very worthy winner and under Dr Adlard’s leadership, the Queensland Museum Parasitology collection has become one of the largest and most significant such collections in the Southern Hemisphere,” Professor Sheil said.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said it’s an honour to award Dr Adlard the Queensland Museum Medal and to recognise his ongoing commitment to marine science.

“Dr Adlard has made a great impact in our community, particularly the work he undertook on molecular and morphological diagnosis and spread of QX disease in Sydney commercial rock oysters, pathogens of shellfish and Southern Bluefin Tuna and parasites of coral reef fish on the Great Barrier Reef,” Dr Thompson said.

Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said awards such as the Queensland Museum Medal are a formal way to publicly recognise the important work of Queensland’s researchers and scientists.

“Dr Adlard’s dedication and notable contribution to marine biodiversity and science is admirable, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved accolade,” Minister Enoch said.

“The Queensland Government is committed to supporting scientific research in Queensland and we recognise the importance of the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to help us learn more about the world around us.”

Dr Adlard said it is a great honour to be awarded the 2019 Queensland Museum Medal and to be in such prestigious company of those in the scientific and research community.

“Thank you to Queensland Museum, the Board and my colleagues for this incredible recognition of the work we have done over the years and the incredible research outcomes we have achieved in the field of parasitology,” Dr Adlard said.

Dr Robert Adlard has been invited by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to participate in a working group on the susceptibility of molluscs to infection with globally significant diseases and will travel to Paris in December to meet with the group.

Previous Queensland Medal award winners include:

  • Professor Ron Quinn AM – Director of the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery (2003-2016)
  • Dr Robert Raven – Australia’s leading arachnologist and Head Terrestrial Biodiversity and Principal Curator at Queensland Museum
  • Dr John Stanisic - Australia’s foremost expert on land snails
  • Dr John Hooper – Former Head of Biodiversity and Geosciences at Queensland Museum
  • Sir David Attenborough – English broadcaster, writer, and naturalist
  • Steve Irwin – ‘Crocodile Hunter’, conservationist and television personality