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Please share the following two calls for nominations throughout your institution:


2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science—first stage of nominations open until Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 5.00pm AEST

Each year, the Australian Government honours and celebrates the achievements of Australia’s best scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science, the nation’s pre-eminent science, research-based innovation and science teaching awards. 

  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Science ($250 000);
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation ($250 000);
  • The Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50 000);
  • The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50 000);
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50 000);
  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50 000) shared between the recipient and their school); and
  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50 000) shared between the recipient and their school).

Prize recipients will receive national recognition and meet leaders in science, industry, education and government at an awards dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

You are invited to nominate a colleague or peer and/or share this information throughout your institution.

Please visit the business.gov.au website for information on eligibility, selection criteria, nomination guidelines, nomination forms or contact 13 28 46.

For more information about past recipients and the awards presentation dinner, please visit the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science website


Top 5 Under 40 UNSW/RN initiative—applications close 21 April 2017

Now in its third successful year, Top 5 Under 40 is a partnership between The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and ABC Radio National (RN). It involves a national callout to find the best early career researchers with a PhD under the age of 40, who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research, and who have a flair and passion for communicating their vital work.

The five winners get a 10-day residency in Sydney at ideas network ABC RN. They will receive training in the craft of radio and TV interviews, get a rare ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight into the ABC and work with some of Australia’s best science journalists.

The initiative is supported by Top 5 Under 40 Ambassadors Alan Duffy,  Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Emma Johnston, marine scientist and incoming Dean of Science at UNSW, and Natasha Mitchell, science journalist and broadcaster at RN.

You are encouraged to nominate a suitable early career researcher from your institution and/or share this information throughout your institution.

For further information, please visit the UNSW's Top Five Under 40 website