The quest to find Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science teachers is on again with nominations opening for this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

From pure research to innovative commercial applications to teaching excellence, the prizes recognise our best and brightest.

Member for Bonner Ross Vasta has encouraged those within the science fields in Bonner to nominate their impressive peers, particularly women.

“The Liberal National Government wants to increase the participation and recognition of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, so this is a great chance to nominate local women in the field.” Mr Vasta said.

“This year nominating is easier than ever, to ensure as many nominations as possible, so don’t hesitate to acknowledge someone worthy.”

Nominations close on 12 March, with $750,000 in prize money to be distributed across seven categories.

The main prizes for Science and Innovation are each worth $250,000. Five other prizes of $50,000 each recognise early to mid-career researchers, innovators working towards commercialising their research and science teachers – in both primary and secondary schools.

Mr Vasta said the Liberal National Government recognises the importance of science and technology as key drivers of Australia’s economy, and the jobs of the future.

“That’s why we’ve invested $2.4 billion in Australia’s research, science and technology capabilities in the 2018-19 Budget, underscored by a $1.9 billion investment to update our National Research Infrastructure – ensuring our ongoing strength in these sectors generates more jobs and higher living standards for all Australians.”

To nominate someone you need to hold a professional qualification in a similar field as your nominee, get their agreement and their CV, and submit 500 words on why they deserve a prize.

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