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August 2019

Applications Close: Westpac Research Fellowship

August 26, 2019

The 2020 Westpac Research Fellowships reward two early career researchers working in a field of research one of the following universities: the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and/or the University of Sydney. Successful applicants will work closely with Westpac on building their profile, developing their leadership skills and expanding their networks. They will also receive funding of a minimum of $400,000 over three years. For nomination criteria and information, visit: https://scholars.westpacgroup.com.au/scholarships/research-fellowship/#section1  Key dates: 2019…

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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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Nominees Announced: Victoria Prize

September 9, 2019

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

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Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (VIC)

September 10, 2019
Victoria VIC

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: Young Tall Poppy Award (QLD)

September 13, 2019
Queensland QLD

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: Young Tall Poppy Awards (WA)

September 19, 2019
Western Australia WA

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 Edgeworth David Medal

September 30, 2019
New South Wales NSW

The Edgeworth David Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions by a young scientist under the age of thirty-five (35) years on 1 January 2019, for work done mainly in Australia or its territories; or contributing to the advancement of Australian science. The medal is named after the pioneering geologist and longstanding supporter of the Royal Society of NSW, Sir Edgeworth David FRS, who wrote the first comprehensive record of the geology of Australia. Nominations for the 2019 award will close…

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October 2019

Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (TAS)

October 15, 2019
Tasmania TAS

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: 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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November 2019

Award Ceremony: John Maddox Prize

November 15, 2019

(Date is indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) 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…

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December 2019

Award Ceremony: AAS Ian Wark Medal and Lecture

December 1, 2019

(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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January 2020

Award Ceremony: Australia’s Local Hero

26 January, 2020

The Local Hero award acknowledges a significant contribution at local community level. Selection panels also consider personal, academic and professional achievements, contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others), demonstrated leadership, personal interests and community involvement, contribution to the Australian community, contribution to development of regional community and/or economy, future goals and likely impact, degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made, voluntary work beyond paid employment, and nature and…

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Award Ceremony: Australian of the Year

26 January, 2020

Australia Day Committees in each state and territory decide the recipient of the award, based on demonstrated excellence in their field, significant contribution to the Australian community and nation, an inspirational role model for the Australian community. Selection panels also consider personal, academic and professional achievements, contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others), demonstrated leadership, personal interests and community involvement, contribution to the Australian community and nationinnovation and creativity, contribution…

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Award Ceremony: Senior Australian of the Year

26 January, 2020

Australia Day Committees in each state and territory decide the recipient of the award on demonstrated excellence in their field, significant contribution to the Australian community and nation, an inspirational role model for the Australian community. Selection panels consider personal, academic and professional achievements, contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others), demonstrated leadership, personal interests and community involvement, contribution to the Australian community and national innovation and creativity, contribution to…

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Award Ceremony: Young Australian of the Year

26 January, 2020

Australia Day Committees in each state and territory decide the recipient of the award on demonstrated excellence in their field, significant contribution to the Australian community and nation, an inspirational role model for the Australian community. Selection panels will also consider personal, academic and professional achievements, contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others), demonstrated leadership, personal interests and community involvement, contribution to the Australian community and national innovation and creativity,…

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April 2020

Nominations Close: AAS Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture

30 April, 2020

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the physical sciences, and honours the contributions of Australia's early scientific researchers. Prize value: No cash award; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists; must reside mainly in Australia; alternate years with Macfarlane Burnett medal; nominations by Academy Fellows; available nationally Nominations are by Academy Fellows only. Candidates may be non Fellows. Nominations will open in early…

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December 2020

Award Ceremony: AAS Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture

1 December, 2020

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the physical sciences, and honours the contributions of Australia's early scientific researchers. Prize value: No cash award; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists; must reside mainly in Australia; alternate years with Macfarlane Burnett medal; nominations by Academy Fellows; available nationally

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