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NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering

Above (left to right): the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW, Her Excellency the Hon. Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP and Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, with the winners of the 2019 NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering.

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 from 2008 - 2014) 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, 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, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, with the NSW Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC  as the Patron.

Please note: nominations are only relevant for categories 1-9. There is no need to nominate for Scientist of the Year as the Selection Committee manages this by another process.

Categories

A trophy and $5,000 in prize money is awarded to individual winners in the following nine categories:

1.  Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics

2.  Excellence in Biological Sciences (Ecological, environmental, agricultural and organismal)

3.  Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences (Cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics)

4.  Excellence in Engineering or Information and Communications Technology

5.  NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Biological Sciences)

6.  NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences)

7.  Leadership in Innovation in NSW

8.  Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering

9.  Innovation in Science or Mathematics Teaching in NSW

NSW Premier’s Prize for Scientist of the Year

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 winner of the NSW Premier’s Prize for Scientist of the Year receives a trophy and $60,000 in prize money.

Important Dates

4 May 2020Nominations open
9 June 2020Nominations close
27 October 2020Premier's Prizes Awards Ceremony

Contact

For more information about the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, please contact:

Bruce Ritchie, Senior Manager, Communications & Events
bruce.ritchie@chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au
02 9338 6817
0429 412 426

2019 Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering

Information on the 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year, Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC, UNSW Sydney.

Information on the 2019 category winners.

Previous NSW Scientists of the Year

2019 – Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC, Leader of the Particle and Catalysis Research Group, UNSW Sydney.

2018 – Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC, Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Research) at the University of Newcastle.

2017 – Professor Gordon Wallace AO, Executive Research Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (Materials Node), both headquartered at the University of Wollongong.

2016 – Professor Rick Shine AM, ARC Laureate Fellow, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, the 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, 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.