Nominate a scientist this Science Awards season!

Its awards season! Yes, even the science community has an awards season which includes some very prestigious honours to some very deserving scientists. Here are four awards that you should apply or nominate someone for.

SA Science Excellence Awards

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Prizes are awarded in various categories, including

  • SA Scientist of the Year ($25,000)
  • PhD Research Excellence Award ($10,000)
  • STEM Professional Award ($10,000)
  • STEM Educator of the Year – School Teaching ($10,000)
  • STEM Educator of the Year – Tertiary Teaching ($10,000)
  • Excellence in Research Collaboration ($10,000)

Nominations must be submitted online to the Department of State Development by Friday 5 May 2017. For further information about the University of Adelaide nomination process or to discuss your nomination, please contact Dale Godfrey in Research Services (email: or phone: 8313 3534). Nominations should be sent to Dale Godfrey by Friday, 28 April 2017 to facilitate the University endorsement.

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise the nation’s top achievements in science, innovation and science teaching. The prizes are a public tribute to Australia’s current and future scientific and commercialisation capabilities.

Prizes are awarded in numerous categories, including:

  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250 000);
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation ($250 000);
  • The Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50 000);
  • The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50 000);
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50 000);
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50 000 shared between the recipient and their school); and
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50 000 sharedbetween the recipient and their school).

Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are now open and close 12 April 2017. For full details on the nomination process, head to the website or call 13 28 46.

Eureka Prizes

The Eureka Prizes reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication. Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes are now in their 28th year. Entries and nominations for the 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open. Could this be your Eureka year?

There are 15 prizes and $150,000 of prize money on offer rewarding excellence in the fields of:

  • research & innovation
  • leadership
  • science engagement
  • school science

Including one Eureka Prizes new to the line-up – Excellence in Data Science.

Applications for the Eureka Prizes are now open and close on 5 May, 2017. For more information, visit the Eureka Prizes website.

Tall Poppy Awards

The Young Tall Poppy Science Award aims to recognise the achievements of young Australian researchers with a passion for science communication. Nominations are now open for the prestigious award, with a cash prize awarded in the South Australian category.

Nominees should hold a PhD and be no more than 35 years of age. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in STEM research and excellence in promoting science engagement. Nominations are currently open and close on 9 April, 2017. For more information, head to the website or contact Sarah Bray, SA Outreach Officer:

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