Professor Colette Boskovic recognised as a leader in Chemistry

Professor Colette Boskovic has received the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s (RACI) 2022 Margaret Sheil Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding work in the chemical sciences.

The award acknowledges an outstanding female leader working in an area of a chemistry-related field including academia, teaching, and the public or private sector, who has inspired and mentored junior female chemists or helped to provide a more equitable workplace.

Professor Boskovic is an inorganic chemist and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about teaching chemistry and enhancing the participation of women in chemistry.

She currently leads a group of inorganic chemists interested in the synthesis and study of molecular materials based on paramagnetic transition and rare earth metals.

Professor Boskovic sits on numerous committees and was elected a Fellow of the RACI in 2020 and is presently the Chair of the RACI Inorganic Chemistry Division Committee and the AINSE Councillor for the University of Melbourne.

Colette receiving the Margaret Sheil Leadership Award

Colette being presented with the award at the RACI awards dinner

She is also a member of the International Advisory Boards for the International Conference on Molecule-based Magnets (ICMM), Asian Conference on Molecular Magnetism (ACMM) and Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ACCC).

The award is named in honour of Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Provost of the University of Melbourne at the time of commencement of this award and the first female Professor of Chemistry in Australia.

Professor Boskovic received the award medal at the RACI Annual Awards Dinner on Friday 25 November and is expected to conduct a lecture tour within Australia next year to help inspire the next generation of chemists.