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 replaced the NSW Science & Engineering Awards (held annually since 2008) and reflect the State Government's strong commitment to the local research and development community.
The Prizes 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 top award, the prestigious NSW Premier's Prize for Scientist of the Year, will be 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 His Excellency the NSW Governor as the Patron.
In 2016, 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)
2. 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
Details of the category prize winners can be found here.
The prestigious NSW Premier’s Prize for Scientist of the Year will be 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 winner of the NSW Premier’s Prize for Scientist of the Year in 2016 received $60,000 in prize money and a trophy. For more information about the 2016 NSW Scientist of the Year, click here.
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, 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, CEO of NICTA and former Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney.
2009 – Professor Stephen Simpson, 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.
2017 nominations open: TBA
2017 nominations close: TBA
Awards Ceremony: TBA
For more information about the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, please contact Jelena Damnjanovic, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, on (02) 9338 6819.
The winners of the 2015 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering at Government House, Sydney.