Fresh Science and other prize dates

Fresh Science, Science stakeholder bulletins

Nominations for Fresh Science 2009 have been extended to midday Monday 23 March.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider if you know anyone suitable for Fresh Science and some other science prizes which are now open.

1) Fresh Science nominations extended to Monday 23 March 2009

2) Nominations open for 2009 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

3) L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science fellowships open 1 April 2009

4) 2008 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes close 1 May 2009

5) And more science prizes

It’s easy to identify the lifetime achievers. It can be harder to identify those people who are on the way up. But these early career achievers are the ones who both need recognition and support, and who act as the best role models for young scientists in school and university.

That’s the focus of several of these prizes.

For Fresh Science we’re looking for:

§  early career researchers with an upper limit of five years post-doc and no lower limit

§  with a peer-reviewed result which has had no media coverage

§  with some ability to present their ideas in plain English.

They will participate in a four day communication boot camp that will not only reshape how they present their science, it will also lead to significant media attention for them and their work.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science include two prizes for outstanding research by early-career scientists in the physical and life sciences. Each carries a prize of $50,000.

The Prime Minister’s teaching prizes are also worth $50,000 and recognise those teachers who are inspiring the next generation of scientists.

And there are 21 Eureka Prizes on offer this year – most come with a $10,000 prize.

Several target early career researchers.

The L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowships offers three $20,000 fellowship for post-doc women. Nominations will open on 1 April.

Contact us for the L’Oréal Fellowships and Fresh Science. For the PM’s Prizes and the Eurekas please use the contacts listed below.

Here’s more information on each of the prizes.

There are further details and weblinks for these and 120 other science related prizes on our website at

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1) Fresh Science nominations extended to Monday 23 March 2009

To save the last minute rush for nominations we’ve extended the deadline by a couple of days.

Fresh Science is looking for the best under-publicised research produced in the past year or so by early-career scientists. The event serves as a communications boot camp for early career researchers – getting their stories out to local, national and international media, and giving them essential communication skills.

Fresh Science selects 16 early-career researchers and flies them to Melbourne where they will receive media training and then present their work to the media, schools and the public.

Now in its 12th year, Fresh Science is supported by the Federal government, New Scientist and Museum Victoria. Fresh Science will be held from 1-4 June 2009 in Melbourne.

The successful nominees will:

  • Present their research to the media and to public audiences
  • Participate in a one-day media training course
  • Have access to experienced science communicators to advise them on their presentation, media release and interviews
  • Swap ideas with other participants
  • Take part in a Fresh-Science-at-the-Redback event
  • Attend an evening reception with representatives from business, government, research and the media
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a small number of talks in their home State during National Science Week – 16 to 24 August 2008.

Travel and accommodation will be provided for participants from outside Melbourne.

Nominations have been extended to noon, Monday 23 March 2009.

More information and online nomination form:


2) Nominations open for 2009 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

The Australian Government awards five prizes annually for outstanding scientific achievements and excellence in science teaching. Each award comprises a gold or silver engraved medallion, with matching lapel pins, and tax-exempt grants.

They include:

– the $300,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

– the $50,000 Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year

– the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

– the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and

– the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Nominations close Friday 8 May 2008.

Nominations can be made online at

Enquiries by email to


3) L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science fellowships open 1 April 2009

Applications for the 2009 L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships will open on 1 April 2009. The Fellowships are open to female scientists no more than five years past their PhD, excluding periods of maternity leave.

Applications open 1 April and close 1 May 2009.

More information and online application:

Nominations for the 2010 UNESCO- L’ORÉAL International Fellowships will open in March. The International Fellowships are worth US$40,000 over two years and are available to female doctoral and post-doctoral scientists under 35 years old with a focus on Life Sciences to study at an institution outside Australia. Three of the 15 International Fellowships will be awarded in the Asia-Pacific Region, which includes Australia.

Applications close 30 June 2009.

More information and to download the application form:

L’Oréal’s latest newsletter about their international, regional, and national programs is also online at It includes news about the 2009 Laureates – awarded in Paris last Friday, and progress reports on the Australian Fellows.


4) 2008 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes close 1 May 2009

Entries in the 2009 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the categories of: Research & Innovation; Science Leadership; School Science and Science Communication & Journalism.

Entries close Friday 1 May 2009.

More information:


5) And more science prizes

Last year we compiled a list of Australian prizes open to scientists. We haven’t kept it up to date but it’s still a useful guide. It’s online at We’d welcome your suggestions of other prizes that should be added to the list.