Nominations now open for Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

11 April 2011

The research community are being encouraged to nominate up-and-coming young scientists and researchers in NSW for this year's Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

The awards recognise the achievements of early to mid-career researchers aged 35 and under across the sciences including mathematics.

The young scientists honoured at last year's awards were tackling a diversity of issues ranging from new vaccines for tuberculosis and cancer and developing early intervention programs for people with dementia to exploring the sexual activity of red-back spiders.

The awards are an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and are part of the national Tall Poppy Campaign which aims to celebrate scientific excellence and encourage younger Australians to pursue a career in the sciences.

Each year, winners of the Young Tall Poppy Awards participate in an outreach program, visiting schools across the State to speak with students about the exciting career opportunities available in the sciences.

Nominations for the awards are now open to all states and territories in Australia and close 8 May 2011.

The 2011 NSW Young Tall Poppy Awards are sponsored by the NSW Government.