About the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as prize patrons Dr Karl and Adam Spencer like to say, "Learn something without even noticing". It is intended to support budding young scientists across the nation, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication.

The 2022 theme is 'Change'.

Entries open Wednesday 2 March

Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 6 May

Finalist and highly commended entrants notified by Friday 1 July

Finalists announced Wednesday 27 July

Winners announced Wednesday 31 August

Participation certificates distributed by

Friday 30 September

The 2022 theme is 'Change'

Among other things, judges will be assessing each entrant's passion for their chosen topic and creativity in working with the theme, so students should carefully consider how they will explore it. They may wish to start by taking one minute to write down words they associate with the word 'change' and discussing their list with a teacher or guardian. It’s important students pick a topic they’re interested in so that their passion shines through!

Primary school

First place: $2,000

Second place: $1,250

Third place: $750

Secondary School

First place: $3,000

Second place: $2,000

Third place: $1,000

Prize money is divided equally between student/s and their school (their school to receive 50% of the prize money).

Additional non-cash prizes to be announced in 2022.

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

If you can't find what you're looking for, contact the Eureka Prizes team via eureka@australian.museum or phone (02) 9320 6230.

It’s important for short filmmakers to know about their responsibilities when it comes to using other people’s content in their work. If entrants plan to use materials such as music, footage, images and scripts that are not their own, they will need to get permission from the copyright owners before submitting their film. We’ve put together a list of resources to help guide you.

Arts Law Centre of Australia legal information for filmmakers

Australian Copyright Council general copyright advice

Copyright Agency information on copyright protected words and images

Free Music Archive royalty free music

Music Rights Australia information on music copyright

Screenrights for information on copyright protected audiovisual content

Watch the top entries submitted in 2021

Contact the Eureka Prizes team