• Inspire future generations to become involved in science and innovation

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

Meet our 2022 winners.
Congratulations to all who were recognised. 

Award Celebration

Ticket bookings are now closed for the 2022 Award Celebration dinner.

2022 Key Dates

  • 17 Oct – Award Tickets Open 

  • 16 Nov – Award Tickets Close

  • 25 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. 


We developed the new nanostructure material with a unique property, to enhance performance of the battery and energy conversion process.

Professor Shizhang Qiao, Winner of the 2021 South Australian Scientist of the Year Award

It’s intellectually challenging and we like solving these problems. If they can benefit the environment and human wellbeing, then that’s even better.

Associate Professor Justin Chalker, Winner of the 2021 Innovator of the Year Award

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