ACT Scientist of the Year Award

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The annual ACT Scientist of the Year Award recognises the achievements of an 'up and coming' scientist with significant potential to continue to achieve in their chosen field of research.

The award is accompanied by $30,000 prize money.

The objective of the award is to:

  • celebrate excellence in scientific research and innovation in the ACT through recognition of an 'ACT Scientist of the Year';
  • showcase the contribution that local scientists make to science and innovation, both nationally and worldwide;
  • enhance the ACT's reputation as a 'centre of excellence in research and innovation'; and
  • inspire young people to consider a career in science.

How to nominate

Nominations are now open and will close 5pm Monday 18 June 2018.

Nomination Guidelines

For all the information on the 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year Award including details on eligibility, selection criteria, submission and the selection process, please read the Nomination Guidelines.

Referee reports

Each nomination requires two referee reports to be submitted on the referee report template:


Nominators are also invited to submit a short video (maximum 60 seconds) of the nominee explaining their work. This can be filmed on a smart phone, it doesn’t have to be of high quality. It is not compulsory but encouraged. The video will be used by the selection panel when considering nominations.


Nominations can be made online.

Previous recipients of the ACT Scientist of the Year Award

2017 – Dr Kai Xun Chan, whose research looks at the effect of drought conditions on plants, and the ability of some plants to sense drought stress.

2016 - Dr Ceridwen Fraser, whose research looks at how plants and animals respond to past climate change, which has important implications for how we manage biodiversity and ecosystems now and into the future.

2015 – Dr Colin Jackson, whose work combines the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry and is working to find solutions to real-world problems.

Contact us

For any queries please contact:

ACT Scientist of the Year Award Secretariat
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
ACT Government
Phone: (02) 6205 3031.