2017 David Syme Research Prize

Nominations are invited for the 2017 David Syme Research Prize. The Australia-wide prize recognises the best original research in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology produced in Australia during the past two years (1 January 2016 - 31 December 2017).

2017 David Syme Research Prize

Value: approx. $8,000 plus a bronze medallion

Closing date: Friday 27 April 2018

  • The 2017 prize will be made by nomination only. Senior members of the academic or research community such as co-authors or co-researchers, heads of department or deputy vice-chancellors (research) are invited to nominate eligible colleagues.
  • Researchers associated with any Australian university and researchers without university connections are eligible for nomination, noting that the following are not eligible
  • Professors or researchers who will have attained the position of professor at the time the award is made
  • Researchers outside universities who will have attained a level of seniority comparable to a university professor at the time the award is made (LEVEL E);
  • Researchers who have not spent the equivalent of at least 5 full years of the last 7 in Australia
  • The award is made on the basis of the research quality within the discipline and its likely impact and value in the industrial and commercial interests of Australia.

The 2016 award was shared jointly by: Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich (UTS), for his research in physics entitled Single defects in wide bandgap semiconductors – a promising pathway for quantum technologies, and Associate Professor Cynthia Whitchurch (UTS), for her research in biology entitled Understanding bacterial group behaviours to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Nomination details, including the nomination cover sheet, are attached. The document will shortly be available on the Faculty of Science website.

Please see the Faculty of Science Awards website: Open for Application, choose the link for Awards Open for Application and search under ‘David Syme’.

Nominations and enquiries should be directed to: Linda Richardson; T: 8344 5949; E: science-awards@unimelb.edu.au