Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Nominating for the prizes

Nominations for the 2018 prizes closed on 26 March 2018 at 5.00pm (AEDT).

2017 Prize Recipients

Prize recipients for 2017 were announced on Wednesday 18 October 2017 in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

About the prizes

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

The Prizes are a tribute and inspire a sense of national pride by recognising the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators both domestically and internationally; as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an interest in science and consider science as a career.


The Prizes are awarded annually to Australian citizens or permanent residents recognising the contributions that our scientists, innovators and science teachers are making to Australia’s current and future scientific capabilities.

About the medallions and lapel pins

The medallions and lapel pins for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were designed and manufactured by internationally renowned designer and engraver Wojciech Pietranik from the Royal Australian Mint.

Each medallion is presented in an Australian Jarrah crafted wood case.

Media partners

We would like to acknowledge and thank our media partners, Australia's Science Channel and Cosmos for their generous support.


Australia’s Science Channel works with leading minds, universities from around Australia, organisations and institutions to provide compelling science stories for everyone to watch, read, listen and share thoughts on what’s happening in science. Australia’s Science Channel is operated and developed by The Royal Institution of Australia Inc., an independent charity and unique national science hub promoting public awareness and understanding of science.

Cosmos is a leading literary science magazine, published in Australia but with a global reach. It makes the world of science accessible to everyone.

At Cosmos, we aim to deliver the latest in science with beautiful pictures, clear explanations of the latest discoveries and breakthroughs and great writing.

Winner of 47 awards for high-quality journalism and design, Cosmos is a print magazine, online digital edition updated daily, a daily and weekly e-Newsletter and educational resource with custom, curriculum-mapped lessons for years 7 to 10.

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