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Here we promote current news, upcoming events, calls for nominations and opening of applications across the research sector. 

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March 2018


Fresh Science

Nominations for the 2018 Fresh Science Competition open 28 March 2018.

Have you got some interesting research results, a discovery or invention, still early-career and curious about how publicity to get for it? Consider nominating for Fresh Science.

Fresh Science is a national competition that finds researchers with discoveries, helps them find the key, compelling ‘story’ in their research and then puts them in the spotlight, showcasing them to the public and the media.

More information, including how to nominate, is available on the Fresh Science website.

Image: Fresh Science.
Image courtesy: Fresh


May 2018

ABC Top5 Media Residency Program expands this year to give a voice to our brightest emerging minds in Science and Humanities

Applications close 9 May 2018—Apply now 

Are you a dynamic early career researcher with a flair and passion for communicating your work to a wider audience? Applications are now open for the ABC's popular Top 5 media residency scheme.

The nationwide callout for Top 5 is bigger than ever with two intakes in 2018. Building on the success of the Science program (now in its fourth year in partnership with UNSW), the ABC is expanding Top 5 to the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The new Humanities program is running in partnership with the University of Sydney.

Providing an in-house ideas incubator based at ABC RN, the program is designed to nurture the communication skills and media awareness of Australia’s most dynamic emerging thinkers to help them share their knowledge and expertise with content-hungry audiences seeking expert information and debate.

As ‘researchers in residence’, the Top 5 winners will spend two weeks at the ABC working alongside some of the country’s best journalists and broadcasters to train in the craft of radio and TV interviews, and develop content across ABC platforms.

The Science program is for early career university researchers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medical research (STEMM). Five winners will undertake a two-week media residency at the ABC in July, ahead of National Science Week.

The Humanities program is for early career university researchers in humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). Offered for the first time this year, five winners will undertake a two-week media residency at the ABC in September.

Australian Academy of Science honorific awards

Applications are open for the Australian Academy of Science’s 2019 honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships.

The Academy Medal and Honorific Awards recognise outstanding contributions to the advancement of science from senior scientists as well as early and mid-career researchers, in the physical and biological sciences. Research funding, conference and lecture funding and travel opportunities are also available.

For more information about how to nominate, visit the Australian Academy of Science website.

Image: Australian Academy of Science logo.
Image courtesy: Australian Academy of Science.

Eureka Prizes

Nominations are open for the 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of:

  • research and innovation
  • leadership
  • science engagement
  • school science.

The Eureka Prizes are open to scientists who work in government, media, research institutes, schools, corporations & universities. It’s free to enter and there's a prize pool of $160,000 to be won.

For more information about nominating, please visit the Australian Museum website.

Image: Australian Museum Eureka Prizes logo.
Image courtesy: Australian Museum.

Falling Walls Lab Australia

Applications open—close 5.00pm (AEST) Monday, 28 May 2018
Don’t miss the chance to present your research idea and win a trip to Berlin!

Falling Walls Lab Australia is a fast-paced pitching competition for talented Australian researchers and entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas to an audience from industry, academia and government. Twenty Australian contestants will be invited to participate in the challenge, each giving a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the ‘Which walls will fall next?’ concept.

Candidates should be ‘research active’ in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, as well as social sciences and the humanities.

A high-ranking jury selects the winner who will travel to Berlin to compete in the international FWL Finale and meet investors from around the world.

Falling Walls Lab Australia will be held on 11 September 2018 at the Academy of Science Shine Dome, Canberra.

For further information and to apply, visit the Australian Academy of Science website.

October 2018

2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science  

Announcement due in October 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Each year, the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science:

  • Leading Australian scientists who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
  • Exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.
  • Early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—for the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
  • Promising early to mid-career innovators from industry and research whose work has the potential to enhance our economy through the translation of scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact—for the $50,000 Prize for New Innovators.
  • Inspiring science, mathematics and technology teachers who are dedicated to innovative teaching and inspiring the next generation—for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

More information, including nomination forms, is available on the [] website, or contact 13 28 46.

Read about past winners at Science.Gov.Au Prime Minister's Prizes for Science page.