Professor Brett Neilan

Adjunct Professor
University of Newcastle

Professional Experience

  • 2016-current: Head, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
  • 2013-2016: UNSW Scientia Professor, School of BABS
  • 2008-2012: ARC Federation Fellow, School of BABS
  • 2005-2012: ARC Professorial Fellow, School of BABS
  • 2000-2004: ARC Research Fellow, School of BABS
  • 1997-1999: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, UNSW School of Microbiology and Immunology
  • 1996: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • 1995: NASA Planetary Biology Fellowship, Stanford University

Honours & Awards

  • Fellow of the royal Society of NSW, 2015
  • Finalist in the Environment category in the 2010 and 2009 UNSW Inventor of the Year Awards.
  • NSW Scientist of the Year for Environment, Water and Climate Change Sciences, 2009
  • Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation, Australian Museum, 2009
  • Fenner Award for Research, Australian Society for Microbiology, 2008
  • Australian Academy of Science Korean Fellowship, 2006
  • Walter Burfitt Prize, NSW Royal Society, 2005
  • Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Science, Australian Museum, 2005
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellows, Berlin, 2004
  • Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute for Political Science, 2004
  • Fenner Medal in Biology, Australian Academy of Science, 2004
  • Adjunct Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hydrobiology, 2002
  • Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, Australian Museum, 2001
  • Australian Society for Microbiology Research Trust Award, 1998
  • Kanagawa Museum of Natural History Award (Australian Academy of Sciences, 1998)