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.

Entries open Monday 14 November

Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 14 April (extended from Thursday 6 April)

Finalist and highly commended entrants notified by Friday 7 July

Finalists announced Wednesday 19 July

Winners announced Wednesday 23 August

Participation certificates distributed by Friday 29 September

The 2023 theme is 'Green'

This year's theme has been selected for its wide scope of interpretation. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to selecting a topic, but students are encouraged to get creative!

Among other things, judges will be assessing each entrant's passion for their chosen topic, so students should carefully consider how they will explore the theme. They may wish to start by taking one minute to write down words they associate with the word 'green' and discussing their list with a teacher or guardian.

Primary school

First place: $2,000

Runner up: $1,000

Runner up: $1,000

Secondary School

First place: $3,000

Runner up: $1,500

Runner up: $1,500

Prize money is divided equally between the winning student/s and their school, with the school receiving 50% of the prize money.

Representatives from the finalist teams will win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Ceremony.

Each finalist will also be awarded a share in vouchers from Abbey's Bookshop. For team entries, book vouchers are shared equally among students.

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.

From scripting and storyboards to equipment and editing, there's a lot to think about when making a short film! The following list contains some excellent external resources.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image ACMI's 'Film It' guides cover a range of filmmaking skills

Australian Film Television and Radio School AFTRS's Media Lab a wide range of learning resources for teachers and students

Read Write Think designed to assist teachers in guiding students through the filmmaking process

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 compiled a list of external 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

Contact the Eureka Prizes team