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August 2020

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

August 7, 2020

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

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Award Ceremony: SA Science Excellence Awards

August 7, 2020
Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace, SA 5000 Australia

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

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Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (NT)

August 8, 2020
Northern Territory NT

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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 11, 2020

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

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Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (NSW)

August 13, 2020
New South Wales NSW

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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: 2020 Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards

August 19, 2020
New South Wales NSW

(Date indicative of previous years. Check website for further information) The Centenary Institute's Medical Innovation Awards recognise some of Australia's inspirational young post-doctoral scientists and provided a catalyst for them to gain wider recognition for their research projects, particularly in the funding arena. The 1st place $30,000 In Memory of Neil Lawrence Prize, sponsored by Commonwealth Private, will be presented to the biomedical research scientist based in Australia who demonstrates the most creative and innovative approach to their research concept.…

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Award Ceremony: 2020 Eureka Prizes

August 26, 2020
Australian Museum, 1 William Street
Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia

(Date indicative of previous years. Check website for further information) 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 2020

Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (ACT)

September 1, 2020
Australian Capital Territory ACT

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

September 8, 2020
Victoria VIC

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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 11, 2020
Queensland QLD

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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 17, 2020
Western Australia WA

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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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October 2020

Award Ceremony: Young Tall Poppy Awards (TAS)

October 13, 2020
Tasmania TAS

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website closer to date for further details) 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: Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year – Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

October 14, 2020

(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 14, 2020

(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 14, 2020

(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 14, 2020

(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 14, 2020

(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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December 2020

Award Ceremony: AAS Hannan Medal

December 1, 2020

(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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Award Ceremony: AAS Jaeger Medal

December 1, 2020

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) The Jaeger Medal recognises the contribution of Professor John Conrad Jaeger, FAA, FRS, to Australian Earth science. The award is made to a scientist for investigations of a high order into the solid Earth or its oceans carried out in Australia or having some connection with Australian Earth science. Prize value: No cash award; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists; for work done in Australia; awarded every two years; nominations…

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Award Ceremony: AAS Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture

December 1, 2020

(Dates are indicative based on previous years. Check website for further details) This award's purpose is to recognise outstanding basic research in chemistry by scientists. Prize value: $4,000; medal Eligibility criteria: Scientists - early career; under 40 years old; nominations by colleagues or supervisors; available nationally

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