Peter was a finalist in The Unsung Hero Awards of South Australian Science. The awards are are a joint initiative of National Science Week SA and the Australian Science Communicators SA, and are administered by National Science Week SA.
The Unsung Hero Awards of South Australian Science celebrate people who have not yet had the recognition they deserve for their contributions to science or science communication in South Australia.
Peter is the Chair of the SA/NT Branch of the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) and has played an active role in the Society and its various functions since 1982, shaping the impact and direction of ASM. His contributions and engagements for microbiology reach far beyond state levels, having an impact on a national and even international scale. One of his many achievements is as principal author of the major guidelines that are intrinsic to the quality control of microbiological media in clinical, food and water laboratories nationally.
Peter is actively involved in the preparation of Australian Standards and adoption of International Standards for use in food microbiology. Through engagement with Federal politicians in both the House and the Senate, Peter has been actively raising the profile of the discipline of microbiology amongst the national decision-makers.