The 2014 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are awarded at a presentation ceremony held on 29 October 2014.
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.
(left to right) Dr Matthew Hill, Professor Ryan Lister, Professor Ingrid Scheffer,The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry, Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic, Mr Geoff McNamara, Mr Brian Schiller.
2014 Awards Presentation
The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were proudly presented to five of Australia’s exemplary scientists and science educators by the Prime Minister on Wednesday 29 October 2014.
The black tie celebratory dinner, held in the Great Hall of the Parliament House was attended by over 500 Members of Parliament, distinguished scientists, science educators, industry captains and prominent leaders of the science and education community.
This year’s $300,000 major prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science was awarded jointly to Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC and Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO, both from the University of Melbourne, for their discoveries of links between epilepsy and genes which opened the way to better targeted research, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.
The Frank Fenner Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, comprising $50,000 and a silver medallion, was awarded to Professor Ryan Lister of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia. This award is in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of gene regulation and its potential ability to change agriculture and the treatment of disease and mental health.
The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, comprising $50,000 and a silver medallion was awarded to Dr Matthew Hill for his work on the development of metal-organic frameworks for practical industrial application. Dr Hill is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and principal research scientist and leader of porous materials research at the CSIRO.
In recognition of their dedication to inspiring and educating Australia’s future generations of scientists, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools were awarded respectively to Mr Brian Schiller from Seacliff Primary School in South Australia, for his contributions to science teaching and for taking it in new creative directions; and Mr Geoff McNamara from Melrose High School in the Australia Capital Territory for his inspiring science teaching taking the innovative approach. Each award comprises $50,000 and a silver medallion. The cash prize of $50,000 is being shared equally with their schools towards improving the schools’ capacity and ability to teach science.
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