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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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June 2019

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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Nominations Close: The Verco Medal

June 30, 2019

The Verco medal is awarded for distinguished scientific work published by a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia. It is the highest honour that the Society can bestow on one of its Fellows. Only those who have made a significant, outstanding contribution to their field(s) of study receive the award. The first award of the medal was made to Prof Walter Howchin in 1929. Previous winners include: JB Cleland, T Harvey-Johnstone, Sir Douglas Mawson, HG Andrewartha, Reg Sprigg,…

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Nominations Close: The H.G. Andrewartha Medal

June 30, 2019

The H.G. Andrewartha Medal is awarded from time to time for truly outstanding published research by an Australian scientist still in an early stage of their scientific career. There is no restriction on where the work was done or in what discipline. Nor is the award confined to members of the Royal Society of South Australia. The Society decided to name the medal in honour of Prof. H.G. Andrewartha (1907-1992) past president and Vercoe Medallist of the Society, and internationally…

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Nominations Close: The Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences

June 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Victoria VIC

The award is for excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences. The award is open to suitably qualified post-doctoral candidates in the area of the Physical Sciences, which include Astronomy, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, all branches of Engineering, and related sciences. Application is open to candidates within seven years (at the deadline of application) of the awarding of their doctorate from a University in the State of Victoria, Australia.  Applicants must either be an…

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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 Close: NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering 2019

July 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering recognise excellence in science and engineering, and reward leading researchers for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for New South Wales. The Prizes aim to raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists and engineers make to our daily lives, and encourage careers in both fields. The top award, the prestigious NSW Premier's Prize for Scientist of the Year, will be awarded to an outstanding…

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Nominations Close: Victoria Prize

July 17, 2019

The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation recognises two outstanding scientists this year for their lifelong commitment and achievements. Two individual awards of $50,000 each will be presented – one for work in life sciences and one for work in physical sciences. Winners will be awarded $50,000 each for a discovery or innovation that has significantly advanced knowledge or has provided commercial and other benefits to the community. Created in 1998, the Victoria Prize celebrates leadership, determination, endeavour and creativity.…

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Nominations Close: John Maddox Prize

July 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Sir John Maddox, whose name this prize commemorates, was a passionate and tireless champion and defender of science, engaging with difficult debates and inspiring others to do the same. As a writer and editor, he changed attitudes and perceptions, and strove for better understanding and appreciation of science throughout his long working…

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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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Nominations Close: Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

July 29, 2019

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 support the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s mission to promote the…

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Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (SA)

July 29, 2019
South Australia

The Young Tall Poppies recognise excellence in early career research, alongside a proven passion for engaging the community with science. Winners of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) engage in activities to promote interest in science among school students and teachers, as well as an understanding and appreciation of science in the broader community.

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Nominations Close: The RSV Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research

July 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Victoria VIC

In its Centenary year (1959) the Royal Society of Victoria instituted a Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research. The Award consists of a Silver Medal, which is awarded annually for scientific research in one of four categories that rotate from year to year. Nominations are invited for the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research 2019 in Category III: Earth Sciences. This category includes research in the disciplines of Geology, Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics, Planetary Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Palaeontology and…

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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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Award Ceremony: SA Science Excellence Awards

August 9, 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace, SA 5000 Australia

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards acknowledge the outstanding work of SA's leading STEM professionals and educators, who have made a significant contribution in their field of research and continue to inspire future generations to become involved in science. In 2019, six awards are open for nomination: South Australian Scientist of the Year PhD Research Excellence STEM Professional STEM Educator of the Year Tertiary Teaching School Teaching Excellence in Research Collaboration The South Australian Scientist of the Year will receive…

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Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (NT)

August 10, 2019
Northern Territory NT

The Young Tall Poppies recognise excellence in early career research, alongside a proven passion for engaging the community with science. Winners of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) engage in activities to promote interest in science among school students and teachers, as well as an understanding and appreciation of science in the broader community.

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Award Ceremony: 2019 Premier’s Science Awards (WA)

August 13, 2019

The Premier's Science Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community. Award recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in the State. The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics. In 2019, five categories are open for nomination: Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize) Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize) ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize) Shell Aboriginal STEM…

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Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (NSW)

August 15, 2019
New South Wales NSW

The Young Tall Poppies recognise excellence in early career research, alongside a proven passion for engaging the community with science. Winners of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) engage in activities to promote interest in science among school students and teachers, as well as an understanding and appreciation of science in the broader community.

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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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September 2019

Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (ACT)

September 3, 2019
Australian Capital Territory ACT

The Young Tall Poppies recognise excellence in early career research, alongside a proven passion for engaging the community with science. Winners of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) engage in activities to promote interest in science among school students and teachers, as well as an understanding and appreciation of science in the broader community.

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