EQUS researcher wins Young Tall Poppy Science Award

Congratulations to EQUS researcher Dr Fabio Costa for winning a 2021 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

These awards recognise early-career researchers who have made outstanding efforts to improve science literacy.

Fabio said it was incredibly rewarding to see his work recognised with an award that emphasised science communication.

"My research is quite abstract and it's often challenging to make it accessible to the broader public—I feel this award recognises my efforts and stimulates me to engage further," he said. 

Fabio's research investigates how fundamental physics overthrows some of the most basic concepts of our everyday experience, such as time and causality.

"I develop conceptual and mathematical tools to study extreme situations, not ruled out by physics, where time travel could become possible or where, due to quantum effects, time might lose meaning altogether," he said.

Fabio was one of 11 Queensland scientists honoured at last night's award ceremony.

The 2021 Tall Poppy Award recipients will participate in activities to promote science among school students, teachers and the broader community.

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.