The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise the contributions our scientists, innovators and science teachers make to Australia's scientific and commercialisation capabilities.
The 2017 prizes were awarded by the Prime Minister on 18 October 2017.
2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science winners. (Left to right) Dayong Jin, Brett McKay, Eric Reynolds, Minister Michaelia Cash, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, Jenny Graves, Neil Bramsen, Jian Yang.
Prime Minister's Prize for Science
Awarded to Professor Jenny Graves AO [691KB PDF] [381KB DOCX] for her pioneering investigations of the genetics of sex.
Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
Awarded to Professor Eric Reynolds AO [640KB PDF] [386KB DOCX] for inventing and commercialising ‘Recaldent’—a product based on his discovery of a protein in dairy milk that repairs and strengthens teeth.
Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
Awarded to Professor Jian Yang [655KB PDF] [141KB DOCX] for creating ways to understand inherited traits and the human genome.
Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
Awarded to Professor Dayong Jin [672KB PDF] [151KB DOCX] for his work in creating new technologies to image the processes of life.
Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
Awarded to Mr Neil Bramsen [741KB PDF] [594KB DOCX] for his his innovative partnerships with scientists, the community and other schools to foster students’ enthusiasm, knowledge and skills in science.
Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
Awarded to Mr Brett McKay [673KB PDF] [495KB DOCX] for his achievements in inspiring his students to love science and to use it in their daily lives.
Watch the 2017 presentation on Australia’s Science Channel.