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From Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Aus Musuem Eureka Prizes logoTasmania and New South Wales.

Forty-nine entries have been selected as finalists for 16 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes worth a total of $160,000 in prize money.

The Australian Museum is proud to recognise the best of Australian science through the Eureka Prizes and this year’s finalists are extremely impressive,” Kim McKay AO, Director and CEO of the Australian Museum said.

Scientific research and the resulting discoveries and inventions are crucial to the future strength of our economy and our community,” she said.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Communication and Journalism, and School Science. They were first awarded in 1990. This year, new prizes recognise excellence in rural research and international collaboration.

The 2015 Eureka Prize finalists have invented:

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Ten stunning images from the Australian Museum New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography  – from WA, QLD, SA, ACT, NSW.

 

From the fading tendrils of a long-exploded star to the new connections between nerve cells in our brains: this year’s Australian Museum New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography finalists give glimpses into life at every level.

The three finalist and seven highly commended images will be published publicly on Friday 24, on the Australian Museum and New Scientist websites, and are also available for publication in connection with stories on the Eureka Prizes.

If you need high resolution copies for publication you’ll need a password to access the following link: www.scienceinpublic.com.au/embargoed/high-res-photography-protected

Please drop us an email saying which images you need and why.

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High-resolution images from the Australian Museum New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography  – from WA, QLD, SA, ACT, NSW.

You can see the media release and low resolution copies here: www.scienceinpublic.com.au/eureka/finalists-and-highly-commended

But if you need high resolution copies for publication you’ll need a password to access the following link.

www.scienceinpublic.com.au/embargoed/high-res-photography-protected

Please drop us an email saying which images you need and why.

Contact errol@scienceinpublic.com.au or call (03) 9398 1416

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Finalists’ statements are based on information provided by the entrants.

Finalist information will be published on 24 July 2015 at http://australianmuseum.net.au/eureka
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National Science Week is quickly approaching, with less than one month before it all kicks off.

Find out what’s happening in your state by coming along to one of our briefing events in the coming weeks in:

  • NSW on Tuesday 21 July at Business Events Sydney
  • ACT on Friday 24 July Canberra Innovation Network
  • VIC on Thursday 30 July at the Royal Society of Victoria

Register via Eventbrite.

We’d like to share information on the wide range of activities and promotions you can tap into for the Week, and hear about your organisation’s plans.

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Celebrate all things science and technological during National Science Week from 15-23 August.

Now is the time to take your science out into the community.

We’ve just been appointed as the national media and communication agency for the next four years. So, over the coming weeks we’ll tell you more about how you can use Science Week.

This year’s Science Week is shaping up to be out of this world, with

  • astrophysicist, author and presenter of Cosmos Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • astronaut Chris Hadfield
  • over a thousand science events
  • ‘Galaxy Explorer’ – the national experiment, inviting ordinary Australians to do real science – classifying galaxies to understand how they grow and evolve.

The secret of Science Week is strength in numbers: local events and stories together build the buzz that becomes a national shout.

Now is the time to register any events you’re planning, whether it be a simple science-themed ‘Brain Break’ morning tea in your workplace or a mega-celebrity science public event. Registering is important – both for building the buzz and getting bums on seats!

Register any events you’re holding on the National Science Week website.

We will be providing communication support for event organisers and briefing media outlets with tasty story leads. If you have an event or topic you think might have strong media potential, let us know and we’ll consider including it in media releases and briefings. Email us at scienceweek@scienceinpublic.com.au.

Our Science Week team is being led by Tanya Ha, the award-winning environmental writer and former Catalyst reporter.

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