Nominations for Australia’s most prestigious science awards, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are now open.

In calling for nominations the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash said the prizes celebrated the achievements and successes of Australian scientists, teachers and innovators in Australia and abroad.

“These awards recognise the extraordinary contribution that Australia’s scientists and science teachers make to our nation, not only through their world-leading research but also as role models for young people considering careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” Minister Cash said.

Recipients of the prizes share in $750,000 in seven prize categories, including two that recognise excellence in science teaching in primary and secondary schools.

The eligibility guidelines for the Excellence in Science Teaching awards have been broadened this year to include mathematics and technology teachers for the first time.

Assistant Minister for Jobs, Science and Innovation, Minister Zed Seselja said it was so important to acknowledge the powers of inspiration that teachers can bring to their classrooms.

“Many people working in STEM fields acknowledge their science, maths or technology teachers as the reason for choosing their career paths.”

The $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science celebrates the contributions of Australian scientists in Australia and globally, and acknowledges benefits and value of their work to the public good.

Last year’s recipient Professor Jenny Graves AO was recognised for her pioneering research into mammalian genome organisation and evolution, which will help to progress understanding of X and Y chromosomes, our immune system, and the human brain.

“As the first individual woman to receive the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, Professor Graves is an outstanding role model for all the young women looking to pursue education or a career in STEM,” Minister Cash said.

“These awards celebrate excellence and offer us an opportunity to bring the science, innovation and teaching community together to celebrate Australia’s scientific excellence.

“We look forward to receiving many high quality nominations this year.”

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. For details visit www.business.gov.au/scienceprizes.

 

Media contacts

Minister Cash: Rachelle Miller 0475 804 886 / Melinda Finch Barwell 0427 984 647

Assistant Minister Seselja: Cassandra Choake 0427 839 164