2008 Recipients

The 2008 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were awarded at a presentation ceremony  held on 16 October 2008. The five prizes are awarded annually and are a tribute to the contributions that our scientists and science teachers are making to Australia's current and future scientific capabilities. 

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Science
    Ian Frazer 
  • Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
    Carola Vinuesa
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
    Tanya Monro
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
    Bronwyn Mart
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
    Clay Reid

2008 Presentation Ceremony

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were presented to five of Australia's top scientists and science teachers by the Prime Minister and Minister Carr at a black-tie function in the Great Hall of Parliament House on Thursday 16 October 2008. This event was attended by over 500 distinguished scientists, science leaders and science educators in the community.

These awards are the most prestigious of their kind in Australia, recognising the achievements of excellent Australian science and science teaching. These awards comprise solid gold or silver engraved medallions with matching lapel pins in jarrah presentation cases, and grants totalling $500,000.

This year's $300,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Science was awarded to Professor Ian Frazer for his development of cervical cancer vaccines. The Prize also includes a solid gold medallion.

The Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, comprising $50,000 and a silver medallion, was awarded to Dr Carola Vinuesa from Canberra for her immunology discoveries.

Professor Tanya Monro from Adelaide received the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for her work on photonics and groundbreaking new uses for optical fibres made from 'soft glass'.

In recognition of their efforts in educating Australia's next generations of scientists, the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools were awarded to two South Australian teachers, Ms Bronwyn Mart from Magill Primary School and Mr Clay Reid of Clare High School. Each Science Teaching Prize consists of a silver medallion and a $50,000 grant.

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