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  • Inspire future generations to become involved in science and innovation

  • Recognition for research and education to take place in South Australia

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2023 Key Dates

  • 10 March – Nominations Open

  • 21 April – Nominations Close

  • May – Judging

  • 27 June – Finalists Announced

  • 5 Oct – Finalist Certificate Presentation

  • Oct – Ticket Sales Open

  • Nov – Ticket Sales Close

  • 17 Nov – Award Celebration

About the awards

The SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards showcases the critical importance of science, research and innovation to the development of industry and society as a whole.

The Awards provide a remarkable opportunity to recognise the work of inspiring Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) leaders and teams working in research and education institutions, schools, industry and the community.

The Awards are a significant occasion in South Australia’s science calendar and are recognised as the premier science showcase event highlighting the diversity of scientific endeavour and research in this State.

Award prizes

The South Australian Scientist of the Year and the South Australian Innovator of the year will receive a prize to the value of $25,000.

The winners of the remaining categories will receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development.


All winners receive a trophy designed and produced by the Jam Factory and recognised as ambassadors of science at the state level. 

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My team and I work to improve outcomes for pregnant women and young babies using nutritional interventions. One of the most exciting findings in a little while has been the potential to reduce the risk of premature birth

Professor Maria Makrides, Winner of the 2022 South Australian Scientist of the Year Award

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I built the world's best clock. Although that seems incredibly esoteric, it turns out, at the heart of important machines - radar, communications, computing - you absolutely need a high-performance clock

Professor Andre Luiten, Winner of the 2022 Innovator of the Year Award

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