Coffs student wins the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Emma Serisier, Year 12 2019 at Bishop Druitt College has won the junior category for The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the largest water science competition for high-school students. 

Emma successfully presented with three other National finalists on Thursday 6th of May and was selected to represent Australia with 34 other countries at the International competition in Stockholm.  

Emma said, 'Young, rural women have a unique perspective of the issues faced by the agricultural community that ultimately have an impact on every one of us. Being acknowledged by the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize highlights that rural women are pioneers in solving world problems relating to clean water and sustainable development'.

'Emma Serisier (class of 2019) has won the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious youth award for water research. She will compete against the best in the world in Stockholm later this year (albeit in a virtual environment) for the international award. I am so proud of Emma. This is an extraordinary achievement and is thoroughly deserved. Her Science Extension research project that led to this final report investigated adding eggshell waste to the soil to enhance the retention of phosphate fertilisers in the soil, reducing its run-off into natural waterways and hence reducing eutrophication. Emma gained international success in 2019 when she received a third place at the International Science and Engineering Fair for another research project that investigated the remediation of soil using backyard chickens. She is passionate about developing farming practices that are both effective and environmentally friendly and has applied her scientific skills to solving these real-world problems.' Alison Hollier - Science Teacher (Chemistry) Bishop Druitt College.

To read the release by the Australian Water Association on the topic click the below link.

View Emma's abstract and promotional video below.

View the AWA webinar announcement below.