Thursday, 24 March 2016

Premier’s Science Awards applications now open

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APPLICATIONS are open for the 2016 Premier’s Science Awards, which honours WA’s top scientific minds and celebrates the local science community’s achievements.

Now in its 15th year WA’s foremost scientific accolades also recognises the initiatives and activities that encourage community participation in science and inspire younger people to pursue careers in science.

“Providing opportunities to engage and educate children in science and turning young people towards science is vital for our future scientific capacity,” Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said this week.

The 2016 awards feature four categories across scientific research and engagement:

  • Scientist of the Year
  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year
  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year
  • Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year.

The 2016 Scientist of the Year will receive $50,000 in prize money with $10,000 awarded to each winner in the other three award categories.

Previous recipients of the top prize include civil engineer Professor Mark Cassidy and Professor Ian Small whose work focuses on how plants capture, store and release energy.

The Premier will announce the winners at a ceremony on August 18 during National Science Week.

Application information is available here and applications close at 10am on Thursday, May 19.

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