Firstly, let me say that it is a pleasure to be here once again to present the award. Before doing so, I'd like to ask you a question? How many of you are concerned about global warming? How many of you think that it is due to man-made emissions of greenhouse gases?
     Recently, the UN's INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE has expressed, at the 90% confidence level, that global warming is primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels. Clearly, it is time to act. We need to come up with new technologies for power generation and improve the efficiency of energy use.
     Who is going to come up with the new technologies? It will be physicists and engineers. I invite you to consider a career in physics or engineering, or both.
     I'm pleased to say that from this year, the UWA, Curtin and Murdoch physicists have agreed to share their Honours-level courses to ensure that the best physics education is available to all students, no matter which university they go to. In fact, I'll be teaching my course on Advanced Computational Quantum Mechanics at UWA, to students from the three universities. A quality education in physics, mathematics and engineering will provide the necessary background to make a positive contribution to what may prove to be the greatest challenge of our time, man-made global warming.
     This prize, for the best year-eleven physics student, was initiated by the physicists at Murdoch to encourage you to consider further study in physics. Additionally, my research group in Antimatter-Matter interactions sponsors an elite double major in physics and mathematics. Our best starting students are offered tax-free $4,000 scholarships and will get the opportunity to take part in research from the outset. It gives me great pleasure to award the prize, which is Karl Kruszelnicki's book "It ain't necessarily so...bro", to the best year-eleven physics student of 2006, ...

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