Release date: 16/03/2023

Nominations for the 2023 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards are now open, inviting the state’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) community to identify the most outstanding members of their fields.

For almost 20 years, the awards have helped raise the profile of exceptional STEMM professionals, providing a platform for well-deserving individuals and teams to receive widespread recognition for the social, economic, health and/or environmental impacts of their work.

South Australian-based scientists, innovators, researchers, and educators are encouraged to nominate themselves, or a colleague, for recent achievement in the following categories:

  • South Australian Scientist of the Year
  • South Australian Innovator of the Year
  • PhD Research Excellence
  • Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration
  • STEMM Educator of the Year – School
  • STEMM Educator of the Year – Tertiary (University or Registered Training Organisation)

Category winners receive prize money to support their future career or research aspirations—$25,000 each for the South Australian Scientist of the Year and South Australian Innovator of the Year, and $10,000 each for the remaining winners.

For more information on each category’s criteria, visit the SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards website.


Attributable to Susan Close

This longstanding awards program is the state’s leading recognition of scientific excellence.

Being selected as a finalist or winner is not only a huge honour, but can lead to further wins, like attracting new employees, partners and/or investors.

I can’t wait to hear your stories of STEMM success.

Attributable to Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor Caroline McMillen

The future of South Australia will be built on remarkable science, technology and innovation.

Our Science Excellence and Innovation Awards highlight how South Australia’s educators, researchers, innovators and industry leaders work tirelessly to build a sustainable, healthy and equitable future.

A big call out to our science, innovation and industry community—take that step and apply for an award. We want to celebrate your achievements!

Attributable to 2022 South Australian Scientist of the Year, Professor Maria Makrides

The Scientist of the Year Award has provided important recognition for my team and for many families who have participated in our studies and trials.

I have been surprised by the number of people who have been in touch to talk of their participation in our studies. Such awareness of science in the community can only be a good thing.

I would definitely encourage others to nominate, especially other women.