2020 Eureka Prize winners announced

Winners span the full spectrum of science, from solving global environmental challenges to finding unique solutions to deliver life-saving medication.

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About Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation's leading scientific institutions, government organisations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement.

In 2020 the Australia Museum, and all of the prize partners, are excited to mark 30 years of recognising and rewarding outstanding achievement in science.

Since the prizes first began in 1990, more than four million dollars in prize money, and a total of 416 Eureka Prizes have been awarded.

Program announced Wednesday 5 February

Entries open Wednesday 4 March

Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 15 May (extended from initial deadline of 1 May)

Finalists announced Tuesday 29 September (extended from initial date of late July due to COVID-19)

Winners announced Tuesday 24 November (extended from initial date of 26 August due to COVID-19)

Established in 1990 to reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication.

  • Australia's most comprehensive national science award program.
  • A unique co-operative partnership between government, education and research institutions, private sector companies, organisations and individuals.
  • Each prize is judged by a panel of eminent and qualified individuals, whose contribution of expertise and time helps support the credibility of the Eureka Prizes.
  • The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes culminates in a gala Award Dinner at Sydney Town Hall.
  • The 2019 Award Dinner was attended by over 600 guests, with Tracey Holmes and Adam Spencer emceeing the evening.
  • In 2020, 17 prizes will be awarded across four categories - Research & Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement and School Science.
  • In 2020 the Australian Museum is marking 30 years of recognising and rewarding outstanding achievement in science.

Got a query about your Eureka Prize entry or nomination? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for fast feedback on eligibility, entry materials, online entry forms and timelines.

If you still have a question, contact the Eureka Prizes team via email eureka@Australian.Museum or phone (02) 9320 6230.

It's time for students with a knack for communicating, and budding filmmakers with an interest in science, to pull out their cameras.

Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to explore a scientific concept, discovery or invention, or test their own scientific hypothesis in a short film. Students can work individually or in teams of up to six people.

There is a prize pool of $10,000 to be shared between the winners and their schools.

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We asked the judges what they are looking for in a winning entry. This is what they suggest:

  • Think clearly about which prize is most appropriate for the activity being entered.
  • Take careful note of the assessment criteria and clearly respond to each criterion.
  • Be concise. We realise you have a lot you want to say, however work out which of the detail is essential and think carefully about including the rest.
  • Stick to the page limits - judges will only consider what has been provided within these parameters.
  • Select assessors carefully and use people of recognised standing. Assessor reports are critical, so organise them early.
  • Carefully review all entry materials to ensure they meet requirements.
  • Ask a critical friend or colleague to review the before your submit.
  • Avoid hype. The judges not only see through it, some dislike it.
  • Communicate as though your audience are not experts in the field.
  • Avoid jargon, acronyms and abbreviations. Don't assume judges will know what they mean.

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