The Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, to be a part of the 2018 Prizes, will reward a scientist, who in addition to doing fantastic robust scientific research, is also “stepping out of the lab” and communicating their work to the general public in a way that excites and engages people and constitutes to a more science literate nation.
"We are very excited to be partnering with the Australian Museum to present a Eureka Prize," said Celestino CEO, John Vassallo. "It is our vision that Sydney Science Park will provide the perfect environment to create future Eureka Prize winners." John added.
Celestino is developing Sydney Science Park, the largest science park in Australia at Luddenham in Western Sydney. It will be an innovation ecosystem where all players from venture capital, start-ups, research institutions, big business and universities (among others) can interact and co-locate in a thriving new city that will be designed to foster collaboration and innovation.
Australia’s premier science awards celebrated scientific breakthroughs from around the country, ranging from robots that are making Australia a world leader in farm automation, to technology that can reliably produce life-saving oxygen for newborns in hospitals.
Fifteen awards - worth $150,000 in prize money - were presented on Wednesday night (August 30), recognising excellence in science, research and innovation, scientific leadership and engagement, and school science across a broad spectrum – from environmental and innovative technologies, to national security, citizen science and for the first time, data science.
Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO said the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes represent the very best of Australian science.
“The Australian Museum Eureka Prize winners are helping to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing humanity and the planet,” she said.
“Australian scientists are world leaders in discovering ways to combat climate change, disease and threats to national security. Their scientific breakthroughs offer us insights into the innovations that will fundamentally change the way we live and work. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes also recognized the importance of often-overlooked areas, such as scientific mentorship and school science,” she said. “Our award winners are fostering the nation’s next generation of scientific leaders and researchers.”