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Prime Minister's Prize for Science

Medallion and lapel pin for the Prime Minister's Prize for Science - click to view larger photo The Prime Minister's Prize for Science is the nation's pre-eminent award for excellence in science. The Prize is a tribute to the contributions that Australian scientists have made to Australia's and the world's economic and social wellbeing, and is awarded for an outstanding specific achievement in any area of science advancing human welfare or benefiting society. In this context, science encompasses the physical, chemical, biological and technological sciences, mathematics and engineering. The Prime Minister's Prize for Science comprises a gold medallion and lapel pin, and a cash component of $300,000.

The Prime Minister's Prize for Science may be awarded to an individual or jointly to up to four individuals, if the achievement is a collaborative or team effort. Where such is the case, papers cited in support of the nomination must be co-authored by a majority of the group's members. Should a group be awarded the Prize, each member of the collaboration would receive a medallion and an equal portion of the cash prize.

There are no restrictions as to when the achievement was accomplished, however nominees (either single or collective) should be currently active in research.

Nominees must also meet the eligibility criteria noted in the Guidelines, which also note an expectation of further public roles for the Prize recipients during the year following their award.

The recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Science will be expected to become a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) from the date the award is made until the next award is made, and will be expected to attend PMSEIC meetings. In an instance where a team receives the Prize, the research team leader would normally be expected to become the PMSEIC member.


The Science Minister's Prize and the Malcolm McIntosh Prize

Medallion and lapel pin for the Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the year - click to view larger photo Medallion and lapel pin for the Malcolm Macintosh Prize - click to view larger photoThe Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year are awarded to scientists at an early stage in their careers. To be eligible, Nominees must have completed their PhD within the past 10 years, and the date of the Nominee's testamur must be on or later than the day before the closing date of nomination. A certified copy of the testamur must be provided as evidence.

Each of these prizes is awarded for an outstanding achievement in science that advances, or has the potential to advance, human welfare or benefits society. These Prizes are awarded only to an individual. Each comprises a silver medallion and lapel pin, and a cash component of $50,000.

The objectives of the Prizes are to recognise and reward outstanding early-career research and to demonstrate to the public, and to school students and science undergraduates in particular, that outstanding early-career achievement in science is not only possible but can be of world-class importance.

Nominees must also meet the eligibility criteria noted in the Guidelines, which also note an expectation of further public roles for the Prize recipients during the year following their award.


The Prime Minister�s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching

Medallion and lapel pin for the Primary Schools Teaching Prize - click to view larger photo Medallion and lapel pin for the Secondary Schools Teaching Prize - click to view larger photo Science teachers have a fundamental role in nurturing an interest in science in our youth. Their contributions, commitment and dedication to effective and creative science teaching are celebrated in two new awards, created in 2002.
The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools, and the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. These Prizes are awarded annually to two teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to science education in Australia.

The Science Teaching Prizes each comprise a silver medallion and lapel pin, and a cash prize of $50,000.

Nominees must also meet the eligibility criteria noted in the Guidelines, which also note an expectation of further public roles for the Prize recipients during the year following their award.


The Medallions

Medallion and lapel pin for the Prime Minister's Prize for Science - click to view larger photo Medallion and lapel pin for the Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the year - click to view larger photo Medallion and lapel pin for the Malcolm Macintosh Prize - click to view larger photo Medallion and lapel pin for the Primary Schools Teaching Prize - click to view larger photo Medallion and lapel pin for the Secondary Schools Teaching Prize - click to view larger photo

The Medallions and Lapel Pins for the Prime Minister's Prize for Science, the Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, and the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year were designed and manufactured by internationally renowned designer and engraver, Wojciech Pietranik from the Royal Australian Mint. The Medallions and Lapel Pins for the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools are based on these original designs. The two Science Teaching Prizes were awarded for the first time in 2002.

The five medallions and lapel pins - click to view larger photo The Prime Minister's Prize for Science medallion is manufactured from 6.5 ounces of gold, with a central silver inlay on which the Australian Coat of Arms is 'pad printed' in colour. This unique process greatly enhances the medallion's beauty and the quality of its appearance reflects its status as Australia's most prestigious science award.

The other four medallions are each manufactured from 6 ounces of solid silver. They also centrally feature the Australian Coat of Arms, with the exception of the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, which features an image of Sir Malcolm McIntosh AC. Sir Malcolm, who held a PhD in Physics from the Australian National University, was the Chief Executive Officer of CSIRO from 1996 until February 2000.

Each medallion is presented in an Australian Jarrah crafted wood case.

The Royal Australian MintYou are now leaving the DEST Science Prizes web siteprovides the opportunity to find out more about the Science Medallion Commissioned production.


2011 Media Releases

Nominations for 2011 Prime Minister's Prixes for Science

2010 Media Releases

Prime Minister's Science Prize

The Secret Life of Blood.

Australia's Chief Scientist Calls for Nominations for the 2010 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Prime Minister - Nominate a Science Champion for PM's Prizes for Science

Senator Kim Carr - Nominate a Science Champion for PM's Prizes for Science

2009 Media Releases

Prime Minister's Prize for Science

2009 Science Minister's Prize Winners

Chief Scientist encourages nominations for 2009 Prime Minister's prizes for science (1020kb) PDF document

Nominations Open for the 2009 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science (30 kb) PDF document

2008 Media Releases

Prime Minister Honours Science Prize WinnersYou are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Senator the Hon Kim Carr Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - Achievements of Early Career Scientists Recognised You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Senator the Hon Kim Carr Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - Nominations for Prime Minister's Prizes Media release (68 kb) PDF document

Senator the Hon Kim Carr Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Nominations Closing  - Media Release You are now leaving the DEST Science Prizes web site

Senator the Hon Kim Carr Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Call for Nominations -  Media Release You are now leaving the DEST Science Prizes web site

Australian Chief Scientist, Dr Jim Peacock AC  (513 kb) PDF document


2007 Media Releases

Prime Minister (former) Honours Scientists and Science Teachers (17.4 kb) PDF document

Julie Bishop (former) Minister for Education, Science and Training Media Release You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Julie Bishop (former) Minister for Education, Science and Training  Media Release You are now leaving the Science Prizes website


2006 Media Releases

Prime Minister (former) Honours Scientists and Science Teachers You are now leaving the DEST Science Prizes web site

Julie Bishop (former) Minister for Education, Science and Training Media Release You are now leaving the Science Prizes website


2005 Media Releases

Prime Minister (former) Honours Scientists and Science Teachers You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Prime Minister (former) Honours Dynamic Young Life Scientist You are now leaving the Science Prizes website


2004 Media Releases

Early Career Scientists Awarded Highest Honours You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science and Science Teaching You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Prime Minister Pledges Funding For Medical Bionics Centre You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Prime Minister (former) Honours Science Teachers You are now leaving the Science Prizes website


2003 Media Releases

Australian Scientists Awarded PM's Prizes You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science and Science Teaching You are now leaving the Science Prizes website

Prime Minister Honours Inspirational Science Teachers You are now leaving the Science Prizes website


2002 Media Releases

New Awards to Honour Australia's Outstanding Science Teachers You are now leaving the 
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