Queensland’s Young Tall Poppy Award recipient Dr Elke Hacker, Premier Anna Bligh and Professor Peter Andrews AO.
Queensland’s Young Tall Poppy Award recipient Dr Elke Hacker, Premier Anna Bligh and Professor Peter Andrews AO. Mia Hacker

Tall poppy honoured by Premier

OUR own Dr Elke Hacker has been awarded a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award (Premier’s Award) at a ceremony at Parliament House.

The award was presented by Ms Bligh and Australian Institute of Policy and Science, Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Peter Andrews AO.

Elke was born, bred and educated in the Pomona district. Her proud parents are the very popular children’s storyteller Gail Robinson and beekeeper extraordinaire and Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club stalwart, Charlie Hacker.

Elke has recently returned from New York where she was collaborating with hand-picked scientists to help her current project being undertaken by QUT Kelvin Grove.

She is heading up a team currently running a clinical research project reviewing nano particles in sunscreens. With skin cancer a major threat to our population, this research is vitally important.

Elke’s sister, Mia Hacker, said the prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards aimed to recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.

She said award winners participate in education and community outreach programs in which they become role models to inspire school students and the broader community about the possibilities of science.

This involves a range of other science promotion activities for school students, teachers and the broader community, including visits to schools, educational seminars, workshops, public talks and other activities.

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