Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
The winners will be announced at a prize ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday 17 October.
Media materials for the PM’s Prize winners will be available to news reporters on embargo from Monday 15 October. Contact Niall on 0417 131 977 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
Click here to read about the 2017 recipients.
Read more about the history of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and all past recipients at the Australian Government’s Science website.
The winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are:
18 October 2017
Joint media release with the Prime Minster, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognises the extraordinary contribution that Australia’s scientists and science teachers make to our nation.
These awards celebrate excellence and innovation and offer us an opportunity to bring the entire industry together to celebrate Australia’s world leading role.
Distinguished Professor Jenny Graves AO FAA
Professor Jenny Graves AO has transformed our understanding of how humans and all vertebrate animals evolved and function. In the course of her work, she has kick-started genomic and epigenetic research in Australia, and predicted the disappearance of the male chromosome.
Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO FICD FTSE FRACDS
Thirty years ago, a young dental researcher discovered a protein in dairy milk that repairs and strengthens teeth. Today, that protein, sold as Recaldent, is used by millions of people every day as they chew gum and visit the dentist.
Professor Jian Yang
The publication of the human genome near fifteen years ago revealed that the human genome is complicated. Jian Yang has created pioneering new techniques to unravel that complexity and solve the ‘missing heritability paradox’.
Professor Dayong Jin
We need new ways to detect the early stages of disease and cancer. Dayong Jin believes the key is for physicists, biologists, engineers and doctors to work together. And that’s what he’s doing with his team at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Mr Neil Bramsen
In the outdoor classroom at Mount Ousley Public School in Wollongong, primary students are watching and recording bird sightings. They’re down at the beach assessing the level of marine debris. They’re reading, or just thinking, in the butterfly garden.
Mr Brett McKay
Kirrawee High School has a rich history in sport and music. Its alumni include six Olympic athletes and several leading musicians. Today, thanks to the work of Brett McKay over the past twenty years, Kirrawee has become a force in science education as well.
The 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recipients are:
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