Major awards for science, innovation and design kick off this week with nominations opening for two prestigious prizes.
Through the annual Good Design Awards program, Good Design Australia recognises and celebrate excellence in cutting edge design and breakthrough innovation.
The awards recognise good design, design innovation and design impact in a number of fields including communication, engineering and products.
Good Australian design is exemplified in the Museum of Modern Art, New York permanent exhibit of the Decor BYO wine cooler.
Designed in 1978 by Richard Carlson, the cooler was manufactured by Brian Davis & Co of Melbourne, and cemented the company’s name as an icon of modern plastics production.
Decor still manufactures plastic wares in Melbourne today.
Industry minister, Karen Andrews launched this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and Good Design Australia called for Australian and international entries to the 2020 Good Design Awards.
The PM’s prizes recognise the achievements of Australian scientists and innovators, as well as the role science educators play in inspiring young students to take an interest in science.
Andrews said: “The 2019 prizes recognised some extraordinary achievements and saw a record five of the seven Prizes awarded to women.
“I was proud to see the valuable contribution of women in STEM recognised across so many categories of these prestigious awards.”
The prizes are:
# Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250,000)
# Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation ($250,000)
# Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
# Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
# Prize for New Innovators ($50,000)
# Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50,000)
# and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50,000).
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