DST Scientist honoured with Minister’s Award

DMTC congratulates Defence scientist, Ms Zenka Mathys, PSM, who has won the 2017 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for improving fire safety for Navy ships, submarines and crew.

Ms Mathys is also a member of the DMTC Project 9.14 team, looking to advance blast and shock testing methodologies.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, congratulated Ms Mathys (from Defence Science and Technology’s Maritime Division) for her outstanding scientific achievement in developing fire protection systems which have contributed significantly to the survivability of Navy platforms.

“Ms Mathys is a very deserving winner of this important defence science award,” Minister Payne said.

The annual Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science recognises original and outstanding contributions capable of enhancing Australia’s defence effectiveness and efficiency.

More information is available here.


Pictured (l-r) Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Ms Zenka Mathys, Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC. Image courtesy of the Department of Defence

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Round Two getting underway

DMTC’s Medical Countermeasures Program is growing with Round 2 projects announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

Medical countermeasures (MCMs) are vaccines, therapeutics and/or diagnostics against chemical, biological and radiological threat, emerging infectious disease and pandemics.

The new projects follow on from the first round of DMTC’s MCM Program that has been underway for around 15 months.

With its priorities set by Defence, seed funding for the DMTC MCM program has been provided by CSIRO and the Defence Science & Technology Group through its Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). The aim of the MCM program is to accelerate the advanced development and deployment of countermeasures, with technical expertise from industry and research partners.

Under DMTC’s proven co-investment model, funding provided by Government customer agencies is leveraged by contributions of cash and resources from industry and research partners.

The Minister’s press release is available here and more details will be available on our website as soon as contract negotiations and project agreements are complete.



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