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Winners Announced - 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Six innovative scientists and science teachers were awarded for their achievements at the 2017 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.

The Prizes are a tribute and inspire a sense of national pride by recognising the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators both domestically and internationally; as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an interest in science and consider science as a career.

The two major prizes were awarded to professors working on significant projects – one that uses wallabies to help us better understand our X and Y sex chromosomes, our immune system and the human brain; and another that helps treat the oral diseases that costs Australia $8 billion a year.

The six winners are from Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne, and includes two teachers recognised for their work to inspire science in secondary and primary school students.

More than 450 guests - including leading scientists, science educators, industry leaders and Members of Parliament, recognised the six prize winners at a presentation ceremony on 18 October 2017 in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

For more information about the recipients, visit the Science.gov.au website.

Read the media release.