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Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Science Colin Barnett

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Victor P Taffa

  • Applications are open for the 2013 WA Science Awards
  • Awards proudly include industry sponsors for the first time

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett have today called for applications for the WA Science Awards.

The awards will recognise the outstanding work of the State’s best scientists and science communicators in five categories.

“I see science as central to Western Australia’s future development. I am very pleased that these science awards are there to acknowledge the valuable work that many WA scientists are doing.” Premier Barnett said.

“It’s extremely important that these awards also recognise science communicators for the important role they play in promoting and advocating for the science in the broader community.”

“That is important in fostering a science culture to encourage innovation and also inspire young people to study science at school and to look to science-based careers.”

The 2013 Western Australian Science Awards are administered by the new Office of Science in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Corporate sponsorship has been obtained for the awards this year. The Premier acknowledged the contributions of Chevron, ExxonMobil and Woodside to the awards. 

Fact File

  • Applications close 5 pm Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Finalists announced September 2013
  • Winners announced November 2013


Award Categories:


Scientist of the Year ($50,000) is a world class scientist who, over the past 10 years, has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement in Western Australia.

Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000) is an individual scientist within the first five years of completing their highest degree, who has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement in Western Australia.

ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000) is a postgraduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to science at an early stage and shows great promise in reaching the highest levels of excellence.

Science Communication

Science Ambassador of the Year ($10,000) is an individual scientist who has demonstrated commitment to undertaking meaningful science advocacy and engagement in addition to their core research activities.

Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000) is for an initiative that has made an outstanding contribution to community awareness, interest and/or participation in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in Western Australia.


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