Annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for 2018

Nominations close a midnight on Monday the 9th of April…..

The Tall Poppy Campaign was created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence and to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of our outstanding achievers. It has made significant achievements towards building a more publicly engaged scientific leadership in Australia.

The Tall Poppy Campaign currently recognises the achievements of Australian scientists through the prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards and the biennial CSL Florey Medal.

The Campaign’s Tall Poppies Reaching Students Program engages the winners of Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) in activities to promote study and careers in science among school students and teachers as well as an understanding and appreciation of science in the broader community.

The objectives of the Campaign are to:

  • Engage the Australian public in celebrating Australian scientific excellence and recognising its relevance to public policy issues.
  • Foster an Australian culture which celebrates high achievers rather than ‘cutting them down’.Inspire younger Australians about the possibilities of science.
  • Encourage younger Australians to take up tertiary study and careers in the sciences.Improve the scientific literacy of the Australian public.
  • Encourage innovation and creativity through increased investment by government and industry-driven scientific research and development within Australia.
  • The Tall Poppy Campaign is funded nationally by universities and research institutes in each state and territory, see more at our partners.

Nationally, we also partner with the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and their state constituents, which includes annual support for CONASTA.

Nominations for the annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for 2018 will open FOR ALL STATES at 9am on Monday the 26th of February and close a midnight on Monday the 9th of April.

Uniquely, these awards recognise excellence in early career research across all the sciences including mathematics, alongside a passion and capacity to communicate science to the community.

Nominations are to be submitted electronically. 
The 2018 form may be accessed via this external site.
The submission process has changed slightly this year, so please take note of all instructions on the pages below and on the online form. Note: a video is requested as part of the submission but it is NOT REQUIRED. 

Download the 2018 Nomination Form here in PDF format. This is the same format as the online form but your submission must be done on the site.Note: this is a form to fill in, it will attach to an email as an .fdf file which we are able to open. 

If you are unable to complete the online form, please contact our office to arrange an alternative.

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