Scott Johnson Memorial Award for contribution to LGBTQIA+ advocacy in the field of STEMM.

This award honours the memory of Scott and is awarded to an individual or organisation who is making lives better, and workplaces safer and more inclusive, for LGBTQIA+ people in STEMM.

This award is named in honour of Scott Johnson, a brilliant mathematician and PhD student who was killed in a gay hate crime at a Sydney beat in 1988. He was completing his PhD in Mathematics, in the area of Category Theory, between the Australian National University, Macquarie University, and the University of Sydney. At the time of his death, Scott was 27.

His death was initially ruled a suicide and it took 30 years and three coronial inquests before a gay hate crime ruling was delivered. In 1993, Scott was posthumously awarded his PhD.

The Scott Johnson Memorial Award is named with the permission of the Johnson family.

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Dr Mohammad Taha

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Research Engineer, The University of Melbourne, Victoria

2019 Scott Johnson Memorial Award Winner