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January 2019

Nominations Open: 2020 Australian of the Year Awards

January 26, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia. The Awards honour an exceptional group of highly-respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance. The Australian of the Year Awards provides everyone with the opportunity to…

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May 2019

Nominations Close: Unsung Hero Awards of South Australian Science

May 31, 2019

The Unsung Hero Awards of South Australian Science are a joint initiative of National Science Week SA and the Australian Science Communicators SA (ASCSA), and are administered by National Science Week SA. For many years, there was only one award, but the winner was often somebody who was as notable for science communication as for science. Two awards are now offered: one for science and research endeavours, and one for science communication. They are collectively known as the Unsung Hero…

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June 2019

Nominations close: Australian Institute of Physics Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia.

June 1, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Award is open to members of the AIP. The AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics recognises an exceptional contribution on the part of an individual. Prize value: No cash award Eligibility criteria: AIP members only; no age limit; member of the AIP; self nomination not allowed; available nationally

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Nominations close: Australian Institute of Physics Walter Boas Medal

June 1, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The aims of this award are to promote excellence in research in Physics in Australia and to perpetuate the name of Walter Boas. The award is for physics research carried out in the five years prior to the date of the award, as demonstrated by both published papers and unpublished papers prepared for publication, a list of which should accompany the nomination. Prize value: No cash award; medal;…

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Entries Close: Premier’s Sustainability Awards (Victoria)

June 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Victoria’s leading sustainability awards program, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, are now open for entries, featuring a new category, that celebrates the outstanding contribution made by volunteers. The awards, now in its 17th year, recognise and celebrate Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. Entries close 5pm 13 June 2019

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Nominations close: CSL Florey Medal

June 28, 2019

The 2019 CSL Florey Medal will be awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant lifetime achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia. Prize value: $50,000; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists; no age limit; must be Australian citizen or permanent resident; individual or team of up to 3 people; self nomination not allowed; available nationally. Nominations close midnight (AEST) 28 June 2019 

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July 2019

Nominations close: Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics

July 1, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Bragg gold medal is for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian University. Each Australian University may nominate one candidate. These nominations are submitted to the State Branch Committee. The State Branch Committee selects the best thesis from their state (two from NSW and VIC). The medal is awarded annually to the student who is judged to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis…

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Nominations open: Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

July 2, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia will award and celebrate two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The prizes recognize and honour the exceptional contribution made to stem cell research by Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf AC FRS FAA. Professor Metcalf will be available to act as a mentor to the prize winners in the year following their…

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Finalists announced: 2019 Eureka Prizes

July 26, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation's leading scientific institutions, government organisations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement. Key Dates: Entries open Friday…

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August 2019

Award Ceremony: Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education

August 9, 2019

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland. 2019 marks the 16th year of the awards named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland. The awards categories are: Outstanding Senior STEM Student – $5,000 each Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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Nominations close: Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

August 9, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia will award and celebrate two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The prizes recognize and honour the exceptional contribution made to stem cell research by Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf AC FRS FAA. Professor Metcalf will be available to act as a mentor to the prize winners in the year following their award. The prizes…

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Award Ceremony: 2019 Eureka Prizes

August 28, 2019
Australian Museum, 1 William Street
Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation's leading scientific institutions, government organisations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement.

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October 2019

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

October 16, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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;…

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

October 16, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) 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…

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Award Ceremony: Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation

October 16, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) 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…

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Award Ceremony: Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

October 16, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) 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…

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Award Ceremony: Prize for New Innovators

October 16, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) 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;…

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Award Ceremony: Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

October 16, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) 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…

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December 2019

Award Ceremony: Haddon Forrester King Medal

December 1, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Haddon Forrester King Medal, sponsored by Rio Tinto recognises the contributions of the late Haddon King to the application of the geological and related sciences to the search for mineral deposits in Australia. The award will be made to a scientist, resident in Australia or elsewhere, for original and sustained contributions to earth and related sciences. The award is for work of particular relevance to the discovery,…

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Award Ceremony: AAS Mawson Medal and Lecture

December 1, 2019

(Dates are indicative based on previous years, Check website for further details) The Mawson Lectures, delivered at the Congresses of the Geological Society of Australia, recognise outstanding contributions to earth science in Australia. The lecture commemorates the work of the late Sir Douglas Mawson, FAA, FRS. Lecturers are also awarded a medal which is presented at the Academy's annual meeting. The award is made to coincide with each convention of the Geological Society of Australia. Prize value: No cash award;…

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