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February 2018

Nominations open: Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

February 26, 2018

Tall Poppies recognises excellence in early career research, alongside a proven passion for engaging the community with science. Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are in place in every state and territory. Winners participate in the Growing Tall Poppies campaign which aims to engage more secondary school students with science. Prize value: $6,000 Eligibility criteria: The 2018 awards are open to residents of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia working in…

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March 2018

Nominations close: L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships

March 12, 2018

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships were launched in 2007 and have recognised 39 outstanding local scientists, supporting them to continue their research and help them rise to leadership positions in their field of expertise. Each Fellow is awarded $25,000 for a one year project. This is intended to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields and the winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment,…

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Nominations close: Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education

March 26, 2018

The Peter Doherty awards recognise students, teachers, schools (both state and non-state), volunteers, mentors and organisations that demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland. Some prizes recognise a particular teaching achievement, others are intended as a lifetime or career award. Twenty-five prizes are awarded across six categories, with a total value of $125,000. Prize value: $5,000 per prize Eligibility criteria: Teachers and students; must be teaching or studying in a Queensland school; self nomination allowed; Queensland only

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Nominations close: Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year – Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

March 26, 2018

The objective of the prize is to recognise and reward outstanding early to mid-career research and to demonstrate to the public, and to school students and science undergraduates in particular, that outstanding early to mid-career achievement in science is not only possible but can be of world-class importance. Prize value: $50,000; medal; lapel pin Eligibility criteria: Scientists - must be Australian citizen or permanent resident; individuals only; within ten years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing their highest…

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Nominations close: Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year – Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

March 26, 2018

The objective of the prize is to recognise and reward outstanding early to mid-career research and to demonstrate to the public, and to school students and science undergraduates in particular, that outstanding early to mid -career achievement in science is not only possible but can be of world-class importance. Prize value: $50,000; medal; lapel pin Eligibility criteria: Scientists - must be Australian citizen or permanent resident; individuals only; within ten years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing their highest…

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Nominations close: Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation

March 26, 2018

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation are the nation’s pre-eminent awards for a significant advancement of knowledge through research and innovation through the application of science for a substantial commercial, economic and social impact. The prizes are a tribute to the contributions Australian scientists have made in Australia and globally and of the direct and indirect benefits and value in terms of public good. ​Each prize may be awarded to an individual or…

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Nominations close: Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

March 26, 2018

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation are the nation’s pre-eminent awards for a significant advancement of knowledge through research and innovation through the application of science for a substantial commercial, economic and social impact. The prizes are a tribute to the contributions Australian scientists have made in Australia and globally and of the direct and indirect benefits and value in terms of public good. Each prize may be awarded to an individual or…

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Nominations close: Prize for New Innovators

March 26, 2018

The Prize for New Innovators recognises the achievements of promising early to-mid-career innovators from science and industry whose work has the potential to enhance our economy through the translation of scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact. Prize value: $50,000; medal; lapel pin Eligibility criteria: must be Australian citizen or permanent resident; within ten years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing their highest relevant tertiary qualification; individuals only; self nomination not allowed; available nationally

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Nominations close: Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

March 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools are awarded for excellence in teaching in any area of science that is part of the nominated teacher’s state or territory science, mathematics or technology syllabus. Each prize is awarded to an individual teacher who, through the impact of their inspirational teaching and the sharing of their methods and results with the science teaching profession, has made an outstanding contribution to science, mathematics or technology education.…

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April 2018

Nominations close: Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

April 9, 2018

Tall Poppies recognises excellence in early career research, alongside a proven passion for engaging the community with science. Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are in place in every state and territory. Winners participate in the Growing Tall Poppies campaign which aims to engage more secondary school students with science. Prize value: $6,000 Eligibility criteria: The 2018 awards are open to residents of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia working in…

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Nominations close: AAS Anton Hales Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Anton Hales Medal recognises research in the Earth sciences and honours the contributions to the Earth sciences by the late Professor Anton L Hales FAA. Professor Hales was the founding director of the Research School of Earth Sciences in the Australian National University. Prize value: No cash award; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists - early career; under 40 years old; normally resident in Australia, work done in Australia;…

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Nominations close: AAS Christopher Heyde Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative of previous years. Check website for further details) The Christopher Heyde Medal honours the contributions to mathematics by Professor Christopher Charles Heyde AM, DSc, Hon DSc(Syd), FAA, FASSA. Professor Heyde was the Foundation Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Australian National University, and Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Columbia University, New York. In recognition of Professor Heyde’s broad interests in the mathematical sciences the award is offered in one of three fields on a…

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Nominations close: AAS David Craig Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The David Craig Medal recognises the outstanding contribution to chemical research of Emeritus Professor David Craig, AC, FAA, FRS. Its purpose is to recognise contributions of a high order to any branch of chemistry by active researchers. The awardee is expected to present several public lectures in cities across Australia. Prize value: No cash award; medal; present a lecture series Eligibility criteria: Scientists; nominations by colleagues or supervisors; available…

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Nominations close: AAS Dorothy Hill Award

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Dorothy Hill Award honours the contributions of the late Professor Dorothy Hill FAA AC CBE FAA FRS to Australian Earth science and her work in opening up tertiary science education to women. The award supports research in the Earth sciences, by female researchers who have the potential to further contribute to a better understanding of Australian Earth science. Prize value: $5,000; medal Eligibility criteria: Female early career…

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Nominations close: AAS Fenner Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Fenner Medal recognises outstanding contributions to science. Its purpose is to recognise distinguished research in biology (excluding the biomedical sciences) by scientists. Prize value: $1,000; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists - early career; under 40 years old; must be normally resident in Australia and research must have been done in Australia; nominations by colleagues or supervisors; available nationally

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Nominations close: AAS Frederick White Prize

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Frederick White Prize recognises the achievements of scientists in Australia who are engaged in research of intrinsic scientific merit which has an actual or potential contribution to community interests, to rural or industrial progress or to the understanding of natural phenomena. Relevant areas of research are mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry; the terrestrial and planetary sciences. Prize value: $3,000; available every second year Eligibility criteria: Scientists - early…

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Nominations close: AAS Gottschalk Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Gottschalk medal recognises outstanding research in the medical sciences. Prize value: $1,000; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists - early career, may not be a Fellow of the Academy; under 40 years old; must be normally resident in Australia and research must have been done in Australia; nominations by colleagues or supervisors; available nationally

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Nominations close: AAS Hannan Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Hannan Medal recognises the achievements in time series analysis of the late Professor E.J. Hannan, FAA. Because of Professor Hannan's broad interests in the mathematical sciences the award is made in one of three areas in turn at two-yearly intervals – pure mathematics; applied and computational mathematics and statistical science. Although work carried out during a candidate's entire career will be taken into consideration, special weight will…

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Nominations close: AAS Ian Wark Medal and Lecture

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Ian Wark Medal and Lecture recognises the contributions to Australian science and industry by the late Sir Ian Wark, CMG, CBE, FAA, FTSE. The award recognises contributions to the prosperity of Australia where such prosperity is attained through the advancement of scientific knowledge or its application, or both. Prize value: $3,000; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists; awarded every two years; nominations by colleagues or supervisors; available nationally

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Nominations close: AAS Jacques Miller Medal

April 20, 2018

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Jacques Miller Medal for Experimental Biomedicine has been established to honour the contributions made to science by Professor Jacques Miller AC FAA FRS that include the discovery of the function of the thymus and the identification, in mammalian species, of the two major subsets of lymphocytes and their functions. The award will be awarded annually from 2015 for three years and biennially from 2019 and is restricted…

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