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PM calls for nominations for top science prizes

23-02-2010
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Australians, while in the Olympic spirit, are encouraged to nominate their science champions for the 2010 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are the most significant science prizes in Australia and a fitting tribute to the brilliant work done by our scientists and science teachers.

Past recipients include Australia’s first female Nobel laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, who received the predecessor to the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 1998.

Ms Blackburn received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her ground-breaking research into telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

The prizes are awarded in five categories:
• Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($300,000);
• Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50,000);
• Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50,000);
• Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50,000); and
• Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50,000).

Last year, Dr John O’Sullivan received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his achievements in astronomy and wireless technologies.

Nominations close May 21.

To nominate online, or for further information, visit: www.innovation.gov.au/scienceprizes

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