Eureka Prizes finalists; Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Professor Sumeet Walia and  Dr Jackson Ryan.
Eureka Prizes finalists (left to right); Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Professor Sumeet Walia and Dr Jackson Ryan. Image: Supplied
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The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

In this special event, students will join the conversation either in person or livestream with three Eureka Prize finalists who will discuss their work in science and science communication, share their career journeys and celebrate their Eureka moments. There will be an opportunity for students to participate and ask questions to the panellists.

Audience: This program is bookable for Stages 4–6.
75 minutes
– In person - 100 students (10 teachers/adults)
– Virtual - 300
Dates: Thursday 1 September

For enquiries, please contact

Speaker: Dr Jackson Ryan

Science Editor, CNET

Jackson Ryan is the science editor at and a multi-award-losing journalist. In a previous life he worked in the lab, studying the cells in our bones, but now he wants to write the best science stories you've ever read. He owns an extensive collection of bad Christmas sweaters and tweets way too much.

Jackson is a 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism finalist. Learn more.

Speaker: Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology Centre, UNSW

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla is the director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology at the University of NSW). She is well known for her contributions in building a waste-free economy, innovating microfactories and inventing ‘green steel’, an alternative to using coal in the steel production industry. For many years Veena was a judge on the ABC TV show The New Inventors and more recently she was featured in the ABC’s Australian Story.

Veena is a 2022 Celestino Promoting Understanding of Science finalist. Learn more.

Speaker: Professor Sumeet Walia


Professor Sumeet Walia is an innovator, research leader and serial inventor passionate about using technology as a vehicle to make people’s lives better.

Sumeet is a 2022 Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science finalist. Learn more.

Any changes to numbers or cancellations must be made in writing by emailing before the date for Final Confirmation (14 days prior to your visit).

For more information, please refer to Group Bookings Terms and Conditions.

For information about your excursion, arrival to the Museum and available facilities, visit our School groups page.

For any enquiries related to this event, please email or phone 02 9320 6222.

For the virtual event

To connect your classroom to the Australian Museum via virtual excursion you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection;
  • A camera and microphone connected to your device;
  • A device with a display, e.g. Laptop, Chromebook, iPad, Desktop.

If connecting a whole class or group together, you will also need:

  • A projector or screen connected to your device;
  • Working speakers connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up.

If connecting on individual devices, you will need:

  • Working speakers or headphones connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up.

The simplest way to connect is through a direct connection using Zoom. The connection does not require any software to be downloaded, but does require a computer (PC or Mac) with an internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone.

The Zoom connection to the Australian Museum is secure and private.

After confirming your school’s booking you will receive an instructional email during the week prior your session. This will contain the link to the Zoom room and the passcode required to enter the room. Click on the link to open the connection in your chosen web browser. Zoom will automatically activate your device’s camera and microphone.

For your Zoom username, please add your First Name, Class, and School, e.g. Thomas 5C Australian Public School. If you are joining as a whole class or group, just use your Class and School name. Once you have joined you will be in the waiting room until the host admits you to the room. If you are joining individually, the teacher will be admitted to the room first.

When you join, your camera will automatically be switched off and microphone muted. You will need to unmute your microphone to speak during the session and switch your camera on to be visible to the presenters and the other groups in the session.

Students need to be supervised at all times during the virtual excursion. If students are connecting via individual computers, please remind them to turn their cameras and microphones off unless asking a question.

During the virtual excursion

  • Follow any instructions from the presenter/host or your teacher.
  • The presenter will let you know how you can be involved in the session.
  • Keep your microphone turned off unless you are speaking.
  • If connecting on individual devices, you may like to blur your background or set it to a static picture if your video is on.
  • Student discipline and online behaviour is integral for a quality session. If a student or group is deemed to be acting in a disrespectful manner, they will be disconnected from the session.