Selection Criteria


Read here about the details on selection criteria for the 2019 awards.

1. Excellence in research achievement in the sciences including engineering,  mathematics, medical research and technology, shown by track record and/or by clearly demonstrated potential. Applicants from the social/behavioural sciences will be considered if their research demonstrates significant scientific, analytical rigour. Track record could include:

  • Specific research achievements
  • Research impact/application
  • Collaboration achievements
  • Publications record
  • Grants obtained
  • Patents held
  • Awards or prizes


2. Excellence and passion in communication and community engagement to promote understanding and engagement in science. This may be demonstrated through achievements in specific science promotion activities and/or through potential to connect with varied non-scientific audiences. Good examples are those that would not normally be considered part of “normal duties”.

Relevant achievements and/or experience could include:

  • Initiation of or participation in school science activities, teacher development programs or parent presentations
  • Significant public science presentations or involvement in community science events (e.g. Festival of Ideas, National Science Week)
  • Author or contributor to popular science books or book for schools, Television or Radio documentary, or online blog
  • Writer or initiator of regular column or presenter of regular series/segment or blog  (mainstream media, science journal, online etc)
  • Engaged or featured in national mainstream, state, local or regional media
  • Other evidence of a strong interest in, and commitment to, science promotion within the broader community and policy sphere

When outlining your communication activities, be as detailed as possible. Try to include what your specific involvement was in the activity (organiser, presenter, etc) and why you are proud of it (wide reach, good feedback, repeat invitations, etc.). More weight should be given to those activities which would not be part of your normal work.