Annual search for top scientists and stem teachers begins

The hunt is on for Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers, and those in are encouraged to nominate for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

The annual call for nominations for Australia’s most prestigious science awards was announced on 22 February 2018 by the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash.

These awards recognise the extraordinary contribution that Australia's scientists and 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.

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.

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.

The eligibility guidelines for the Excellence in Science Teaching prizes have been broadened this year to include mathematics and technology teachers for the first time, as well as part-time teachers.

Northern Beaches residents are encouraged to nominate local scientists, innovators and teachers for the awards.

There is a lot of great work being done in to inspire our future generations to choose a STEM path and career, said Mr Falinski.

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. For details visit