Nominations are now open for the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards, celebrating South Australia’s top researchers, industry leaders and educators.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the awards recognise and reward science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) professionals making outstanding contributions to research, innovation and education, as well as highlighting significant research and development being conducted in South Australia.
“As we continue to face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, it is important to recognise and celebrate the critical role that science and its translation plays in ensuring our economic recovery and growth,” Minister Pisoni said.
“These awards enable us to pay tribute to our extraordinary science, research and innovation leaders who continue to shape and deliver solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing communities across Australia and the world.
“It’s also an opportunity to celebrate educators who inspire and challenge the next generation to develop the knowledge, skills and creativity to build a better world.”
Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor Caroline McMillen said that the state takes real pride in the achievements and ongoing contributions of the previous recipients of these prestigious awards, which continue to deliver economic, health and environmental impact across the world.
“Importantly we know that in STEMM we need diversity of ideas from talented individuals of different backgrounds, cultures and abilities to generate the diversity of solutions necessary to fuel innovation,” Professor McMillen said.
“I look forward to seeing diversity reflected in the great applications submitted for these important awards.”
Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia Andrew Nunn also said the state’s research, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem was home to world-leading and diverse businesses driving economic growth for SA.
“It’s clear that South Australian businesses are recognising the opportunities that come with working with researchers, enabling them to find practical solutions to challenges, develop new products and services and increase their global profile,” Mr Nunn said.
“Sharing our success stories is vital to build our state’s culture of innovation. I encourage all businesses and industry leaders to nominate.”
The South Australian Scientist of the Year and South Australian Innovator of the Year will receive a prize to the value of $25,000. Other award winners will receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development.
Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 11 August 2021. For more information, guidelines and to apply, visit www.scienceawards.sa.gov.au.