ACT Scientist of the Year Award

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The annual ACT Scientist of the Year Award recognises the achievements of an up-and-coming local scientist with significant potential to continue to achieve in their chosen field of research.

The award comes with $30,000 in prize money.

The award:

How to nominate

Nominations are now open and will close 5pm Friday 21 June 2019.

Nomination guidelines

For all the information on the 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year Award including details on eligibility, selection criteria, submission and the selection process, please read the Nomination guidelines.

Referee reports

Each nomination requires two referee reports to be submitted on the referee report template:


Nominators are also invited to submit a short video (maximum 60 seconds) of the nominee explaining their work. This can be filmed on a smart phone, it doesn’t have to be of high quality. The video will be used by the selection panel when considering nominations.

Nominate online

2018 ACT Scientist of the Year

The 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year was Dr Rose Ahlefeldt.

Dr Ahlefeldt uses novel rare-earth crystals for applications in quantum information, including high data storage density. Her work to build better quantum memories will be needed in the future for quantum computers and, eventually, the quantum internet.

Previous recipients of the ACT Scientist of the Year Award

2017 – Dr Kai Xun Chan, whose research looks at the effect of drought conditions on plants, and the ability of some plants to sense drought stress.

2016 - Dr Ceridwen Fraser, whose research looks at how plants and animals respond to past climate change, which has important implications for how we manage biodiversity and ecosystems now and into the future.

2015 – Dr Colin Jackson, whose work combines the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry and is working to find solutions to real-world problems.

Contact us

ACT Scientist of the Year Award Secretariat
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
ACT Government
Phone: (02) 6205 3031.