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 2020 Prizes were presented by the Honourable Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, in the presence of the event's Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC.
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.
2020 Scientist of the Year
The 2020 Scientist of the Year is Professor Edward Holmes from The University of Sydney.
Information on the 2020 NSW Scientist of the Year, Professor Edward Holmes.
2020 NSW Premier's Prizes Category Winners
A trophy and $5,000 in prize money is awarded to the winner in each of nine categories.
Information on the 2020 Category Winners.
For more information about the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, please contact:
Bruce Ritchie, Senior Manager, Communications & Events
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.