Search begins for top scientists and STEM teachers in New England

06 Mar 2018

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has joined the search for Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers, and those in New England are encouraged to nominate for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.


Mr Joyce encouraged community members in the New England to nominate local scientists, innovators and teachers for the awards.


“There is a lot of great work being done in the New England to inspire our future generations to choose a STEM path and career,” Mr Joyce said.


“I look forward to the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and know that those in the New England’s scientific, educational and innovative communities will be strong contenders.”


The annual call for nominations for Australia’s most prestigious science awards was recently announced by the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash.


“These awards recognise the extraordinary contribution that Australia's scientists and teachers make to our nation, not only through their world-leading research but also as role models for young people considering careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” Minister Cash said.


Recipients of the prizes share in $750,000 in seven prize categories, including two that recognise excellence in science teaching in primary and secondary schools.


Last year’s recipient Professor Jenny Graves AO was recognised for her pioneering research into mammalian genome organisation and evolution, which will help to progress understanding of X and Y chromosomes, our immune system, and the human brain.


The eligibility guidelines for the Excellence in Science Teaching prizes have been broadened this year to include mathematics and technology teachers for the first time, as well as part-time teachers.

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. For details visit: 



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