The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering seek to recognise excellence in science and engineering, and reward leading researchers for cutting edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for New South Wales.
The Prizes (formerly the NSW Science & Engineering Awards) have been held annually since 2008 and reflect the NSW Government's strong commitment to the local research-and-development community. They aim to raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists and engineers make to our daily lives, and encourage careers in both fields.
The main award, the prestigious NSW Premier's Prize for Scientist of the Year, is awarded to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of science and/or engineering which has benefited or has the potential to benefit the people of New South Wales.
The Prizes are presented by the NSW Premier, with the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), as Patron.
In 2017, a trophy and $5,000 in prize money was awarded to individual winners in the following nine categories:
1 .Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics
2. Excellence in Biological Sciences (Ecology, environmental, agricultural and organismal)
3. Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences (Cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics)
4. Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technology
5. Energy Innovation in NSW
6. NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year
7. Leadership in Innovation in NSW
8. Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering
9. Innovation in Science and Mathematics Teaching in NSW
More information about the 2017 category prizewinners can be found here.
The 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year received a trophy and $60,000 in prize money.
More information about the 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year can be found here.
2016 - Laureate Professor Rick Shine AM, Professor in Evolutionary Biology, University of Sydney
2015 - Laureate Professor Scott Sloan, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering, University of Newcastle
2014 – Laureate Professor Mark Westoby, Leader of the Genes to Geoscience Research Centre at Macquarie University.
2013 – Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO, ARC DORA Fellow and Director of the Centre for Multiphase Processes at the University of Newcastle.
2012 – Laureate Professor John Aitken, Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science at the University of Newcastle.
2011 – Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, The University of New South Wales.
2010 – Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, ARC Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science, The University of Sydney.
2009 – Professor Stephen Simpson AC, Federation Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney.
2008 – Professor Martin Green, Executive Research Director of the ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence, The University of New South Wales.
The opening of nominations for the 2018 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering will be announced soon.
For more information about the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, please contact Bruce Ritchie,
Principal Communications Officer, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, on (02) 9338 6817 or firstname.lastname@example.org