• Inspire future generations to become involved in science and innovation

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

Thank you to all who submitted an application.

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2021 Key Dates

  • Sept – Finalists announced

  • 26 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 will keep discovering answers to causes of major human diseases and how to leverage the new knowledge to improve health. 

Professor Sharad Kumar, Joint Winner of the 2020 South Australian Scientist of the Year Award


When you start your research, you worry about trying to minimise waste and energy usage; this is all about developing technology for a sustainable future.

Professor Colin Raston, Joint Winner of the 2020 South Australian Scientist of the Year Award


We continue to innovate in our core technology and in productization of novel x-ray imaging modalities in medical and security imaging.

Micro-X Carbon Nano Tube Project Team Winner of the 2020 Innovator of the Year 

What has COVID taught us?

In this special COVID-19 film, the 2020 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards finalists discuss the complex realities of a pandemic response and what the COVID-19 experience has taught us.

2021 Awards sponsored by