Department of State Development

The 2018 SA Science Excellence Awards is presented in the following five categories with a total of six awards.

South Australian Scientist of the Year Award

The South Australian Scientist of the Year will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in a field of scientific endeavor.

The Scientist of the Year will also have made an outstanding contribution in providing leadership that has inspired others to become involved in science.

PhD Research Excellence Award

This award recognises recent PhD graduates with outstanding early-career achievement in their field and strong potential to contribute to industry or enterprises in the state.  

STEM Professional Award

The STEM Professional Award recognise STEM professionals and researchers who are presently working in South Australia, either in the private sector companies or public sector agencies (but excluding universities or research institutes), and are making an outstanding contribution in their field.

These Awards identify and promote professional excellence across the full spectrum of professional activities including research and development within STEM fields.

STEM Educator of the Year (two awards)

The STEM Educator of the Year Award recognises effective teachers who are critical to successful science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and developing students’ knowledge and ability in STEM.

The STEM Educator of the Year is awarded in the following sub-categories:

  • School Teaching
  • Tertiary Teaching

Excellence in Research Collaboration

Open to collaborative consortia that have shown excellence in collaboration where a significant benefit has already been or is being delivered between researchers and users of research which could lead to economic, social or environmental benefits for South Australia.

Award prizes

The South Australian Scientist of the Year will receive a prize to the value of $25,000. The winners of the remaining categories will receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development. All winners receive a glass trophy designed and produced by the Jam Factory and recognised as ambassadors of science at the state level.

Major sponsors

Department for Education

Flinders University

University of Adelaide

University of South Australia

Support sponsor


Temple Bruer Wines