- Applications open for Western Australia's 2022 Premier's Science Awards and WA Science Hall of Fame
- $100,000 in prize money for winners, including a new category
- Winners will be announced at a ceremony during National Science Week in August
Western Australia's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) champions are invited to apply for this year's Premier's Science Awards and WA Science Hall of Fame.
Applications are open for the annual awards which recognise outstanding achievement in scientific research, study and engagement across the State.
Over the past 20 years, awards have been given to more than 100 of WA's best scientists, STEM students, educators and engagement initiatives, recognising the State's significant talent and capability to solve local and global problems.
Now in their 21st year, a new category has been added to the 2022 awards, made possible by new major sponsor HBF. The HBF Mid-career Scientist of the Year category will recognise scientists who completed their highest degree between five and 15 years ago, who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields and are emerging science leaders.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony during National Science Week in August, with the Scientist of the Year taking away $50,000 and other category winners each receiving $10,000.
The 2022 award categories are:
- Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize);
- HBF Mid-career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize);
- Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize);
- ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize);
- Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year ($10,000 prize); and
- Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize).
Nominations are also open for the WA Science Hall of Fame, which was established in 2007 and recognises exceptional, lifelong contributions made by Western Australians to STEM.
An esteemed panel of judges chaired by Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Peter Klinken AC, will select the Premier's Science Awards recipients and Hall of Fame inductee.
In 2021, the prestigious Scientist of the Year was awarded to Professor Eric May from The University of Western Australia, an internationally recognised leader in the areas of fluid science, thermodynamics, and natural gas engineering. Professor May has helped advance carbon capture and storage operations, and is working with major industry partners to help grow the hydrogen export industry.
This year's awards are sponsored by Chevron, ExxonMobil, HBF, Shell and Woodside. The awards are supported by Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Western Australia, CSIRO, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Telethon Kids Institute and WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Applications for the Premier's Science Awards and nominations for the Hall of Fame are open and close on April 22, 2022. For further information, visit the Premier's Science Awards home page.
Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook:
"The Premier's Science Awards have celebrated Western Australia's finest STEM talent since 2002.
"Science is at the core of the WA Government's Diversify WA strategy, helping nurture and develop emerging industries that create new jobs.
"Our scientists play an important role in establishing WA's future as a global hub for innovation.
"Science inspires us to seek answers for the many challenges facing a changing world.
"Every year, we celebrate Western Australia's finest scientists in the Premier's Science Awards.
"This is an opportunity for us to recognise the most exciting STEM talents and the important work scientists are doing to change our lives for the better."
Minister's office - 6552 6500