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The Premier's Science Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community. Award recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement efforts taking place in the State.

The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.

The Awards are supported by the Western Australian Government and administered by the Office of Science within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

2017 Applications

Applications for the 2017 Premier's Science Awards are closed.

Please visit the applications page for further information on the 2017 round. Winners of the 2017 awards will be announced at a celebratory event taking place in August 2017. 

The Minister for Science Dave Kelly MLA announced the opening of the 2017 Premier Science Awards via a media statement on 10 April 2017. 

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​2016 Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Premier's Science Awards. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on 18 August as part of National Science Week celebrations.

Scientist of the Year

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Professor Kingsley Dixon: Curtin Professor and Visiting Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Curtin University)


Professor Carol Bower: Senior Principal Research Fellow (Telethon Kids Institute)

Professor Zheng-Xiang Li: Australian Laureate Fellow, Co-Director (Australia) of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources, WA School of Mines (Curtin University)

Professor David Sampson: Director, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis and Head, Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (The University of Western Australia)

Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year

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Dr Scott Draper: Senior Lecturer School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering (The University of Western Australia)


Dr Kaiming Bi: Lecturer, ARC DECRA Fellow (Curtin University)

Dr James Fitzpatrick: McCusker Clinical Research Fellow in Aboriginal Child Health (Telethon Kids Institute); Director (PATCHES Paediatrics)

Dr Jun Li: Senior Lecturer/ARC DECRA Fellow (Curtin University)

ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

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Christopher Brennan-Jones: PhD Candidate, (The University of Western Australia / Ear Science Institute Australia)


Carl Blair: PhD Candidate (The University of Western Australia)

Tim Rosenow: PhD Candidate (Telethon Kids Institute / The University of Western Australia)

Melanie Walls: PhD candidate (The University of Western Australia)

Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year

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Fireballs in the Sky (Curtin University)


iPREP WA (Edith Cowan University)

Old Ways, New Ways - Aboriginal science outreach program (Edith Cowan University)


For further information about the Premier's Science Awards please contact Kirsty Moynihan from the Office of Science by email: or tel: (08) 6552 5893. 

Science Ambassadors

Winners in the Premier’s Science Awards are important ambassadors for science and participate in public engagements promoting science to the wider community. If you are interested in involving an award winner in an event or activity, please contact them directly. Alternatively, please contact the Office of Science at


The Awards are proudly sponsored by Chevron, ExxonMobil and Woodside.