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Professor Les Field

We have a rich history of innovation and research excellence at UNSW. The researchers featured in this latest edition are continuing this proud tradition.
In the third and final edition of this series of Research@UNSW – 20 rising stars who will change our world – you will read about our emerging research leaders, who are tackling some of society’s biggest challenges, many of which are global in nature.
Working across every UNSW faculty, they include Australian Research Council Future Fellows, NSW Tall Poppy Science Award winners, and recipients of prestigious grants from the
National Health and Medical Research Council. 
 
Some, such as Associate Professor Cyrille Boyer, are already recognised internationally. The deputy director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at UNSW is one of the most highly cited polymer chemists of his generation, and was the winner of a 2015 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.
 
Each is on a trajectory to make an enormous impact in their chosen field, whether that’s developing next-generation batteries to enable a clean energy future, improving mental health outcomes for refugees, or designing measures to prevent corporate fraud, which is estimated to cost the global economy trillions of dollars annually. Their work will improve lives and have an enormous impact on our world.
 
We have a rich history of innovation and research excellence at UNSW as we have demonstrated in our previous two publications in this series: 10 innovations that changed our world and 15 women changing our world. The researchers featured in this latest edition are continuing this proud tradition.
 
We hope that by reading their stories, current and future scholars will be motivated to pursue their own exciting research pathways.
 
Much of the work featured in this edition would not be possible without the support of our industry and government partners. We value all our collaborators and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the projects profiled in these pages, or about any other research underway at UNSW.
 
For now, please enjoy the latest in our Research@UNSW series: 20 rising stars who will change our world.
 
Professor Les Field AM
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
and Vice-President
UNSW Australia