Finalists announced for 20th Premier’s Science Awards

  • 22 of Western Australia’s outstanding scientists named finalists in 2021 Premier’s Science Awards
  • Five award categories, with Scientist of the Year receiving $50,000 prize
  • Winners announced during National Science Week in August
  • Twenty-two of Western Australia’s outstanding scientists have been named as finalists in the 2021 Premier’s Science Awards.

    The State’s brightest minds have been recognised for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    This year’s finalists include a scientist researching the origins of shooting stars, a research student using bacterial therapeutics to boost the infant immune system and prevent severe lung infections, and a project for students participating in the FIRST LEGO League in WA.

    Premier’s Science Awards categories include:

    • Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize);
    • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize);
    • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize);
    • Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year ($10,000 prize);
    • Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize).

    Winners of the Premier’s Science Awards and the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at a ceremony at WA Museum Boola Bardip during National Science Week, which runs from August 14-22.

    Joint winners of the 2020 Scientist of the Year were Professor Steven Tingay and Professor Ryan Lister.

    The Premier’s Science Awards judging panels are chaired by the Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Peter Klinken AC.

    For more information on the Premier’s Science Awards, including the list of finalists, please visit

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “The Premier’s Science Awards recognise the exceptional contribution of Western Australians to science.

    “This program is a key initiative in the Western Australian Government’s efforts to raise the profile of science in the State.

    “Western Australian researchers, students and engagement providers are using their STEM skills to solve real-world problems, improve people’s lives, protect the environment and understand the universe.

    “It is estimated that every $1 invested in research returns $5 to the economy.

    “Congratulations to the finalists, and to everyone dedicated to improving our lives through research.”

    As stated by Science Minister Roger Cook:

    “COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of scientific excellence and innovation in our lives.

    “The Premier’s Science Awards are an opportunity to showcase the incredible work of Western Australia’s researchers.

    “I would like to congratulate the finalists, applicants and everyone who supports this wonderful initiative to enrich our lives through research.”

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