Presented by the World Science Festival Brisbane and Queensland Government.
In Queensland our female experts in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields are international leaders and at the forefront of many breakthroughs and discoveries. They are working to make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally and internationally.
To support this trend and encourage further innovation from and collaboration between women in STEM fields, the World Science Festival Brisbane and the Queensland Government are proud to present the 2018 Queensland Women in STEM Prize.
Two cash prizes of $5,000 are available to support individual professional development opportunities.
The aim of the competition is to showcase inspiring early to mid-career females working in STEM fields whose practice has the potential to benefit Queensland.
The Queensland Women in STEM Prize aims to identify individual female STEM professionals who are not only making a positive contribution to their field, but are also engaging with and communicating their practice to a broader community.
This competition is open to individuals only. Teams are ineligible to apply.
All applications must be made online via Thinkable, and must include:
1. TITLE – Short title of your project/area of work
2. SUMMARY – Short plain English summary of your work (150 words max)
3. BENEFIT – Description of the benefit of your work to Queensland (500 words max)
4. ENGAGEMENT – Description of any STEM promotion/engagement activities you have conducted in the past 5 years including to both scientific and non-scientific audiences (500 words max)
5. SHORT CV – Summary of your track-record including career stage, as this will be taken into consideration by the judging panel (500 words max)
6. VIDEO – An introduction to you and your work (including benefits to Queensland) and your STEM promotion/engagement activities suitable for a general audience (2 minutes max). Please note, the judging panel will be judging on the strength of your content and ideas and your ability to articulate your work in STEM, and not on your video production skills. For examples, please view last year's video submissions here.
Judging and prizes
The competition offers two prizes: a Jury Award of $5,000 and a People’s Choice Award of $5,000.
A panel of accomplished judges will nominate the winner of the Jury Award and the public will vote to decide the People’s Choice Award winner.
Prizes will be awarded at 10 am on Saturday 24 March at the World Science Festival Brisbane.
The top two People’s Choice finalists and up to three Jury Award finalists will be required to attend the World Science Festival Brisbane to film a one minute overview of their research. The finalists’ professional videos will be screened at the awards announcement.
The Jury Award will be decided by an expert judging panel. The judging panel will evaluate entries based on the following selection criteria:
1. Well-articulated/communicated summary and video about your work in STEM
2. Positive impact and relevance of your work to advancing Queensland
3. Evidence and a passion for communication and community engagement to promote awareness and understanding in your STEM field.
People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the applicant with the highest number of registered votes on the Thinkable website by 5:00pm (AEST), Monday, 12 March 2018.
The fine print
1. Applicants may only submit one application.
2. Applications must be submitted by individuals. Teams are ineligible to apply.
3. Applicants will only be eligible to receive one award (either Jury Award or People’s Choice).
4. Finalists must be available in the week commencing 19 March to be professionally filmed in a one minute video with World Science Festival Brisbane staff/contractors (date TBC). The video will be used at the event to announce the winners and all finalists will receive a copy of their video.
5. Applicants should be available for award presentation at 10am on Saturday 24 March 2018 at an event during the World Science Festival Brisbane.
6. The organisers encourage all women in the early to mid-stages of their career to apply. PhD and Masters students or anyone who has been in a STEM profession for less than 12 years is eligible to apply.
7. The Queensland Women in STEM competition is open to any person who identifies as a woman and is in the early to mid-stages of their career in a STEM field including as a professional, scientist, researcher or student from any company, institute, government, university, not for profit or educational institution.
8. Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency at the time of the award.
9. Applicants with temporary residency must have a current visa. The visa must remain valid for 1 year from when the funding is awarded and until any awarded funding is expended and acquitted.
10. Applicants must reside in Australia at the time of the award.
11. The applicant’s work in STEM must be in Queensland or have a significant positive impact on Queensland or the Queensland community.
12. Previous winners of the Queensland Women in STEM research prize are ineligible.
13. Prize money must contribute towards professional development, conference attendance, research project(s), a STEM communication outcome or career-enhancing training. Winners will be required to provide a one page acquittal report and accompanying budget within 12 months of receiving the award.
14. Winners may be called upon from time to time (with reasonable notice) by the World Science Festival Brisbane or Queensland Government to represent women in STEM at conferences, public seminars, schools etc. within 12 months of the award.
15. Winners of both categories will be announced during the World Science Festival Brisbane.
16. The judging panel’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. Due to the overwhelming volume of applications anticipated, applicants are advised that the judging panel are unable to provide individual feedback or advice.
Can I apply as a team?
No, applications must be submitted by individuals. Teams are ineligible to apply.
How do I create a video?
Sign up to a free training sessionpresented by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist in partnership with the Office for Women.
Contact your organisation's media and communications department who can help in producing and creating your research video.
Please note, the judging panel will be judging on the strength of your content and ideas and your ability to articulate your work in STEM, and not on video production skills.
What is the World Science Festival Brisbane?
Each March, science comes out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and performing arts venues of Brisbane for the World Science Festival Brisbane.
Across five nights and four days, Brisbane comes alive through gripping debates, original theatrical works, interactive experiments and explorations, musical performances, and major outdoor experiences.
Showcasing local scientists and performers from around the Asia Pacific region and the brightest and the best from previous events in New York, the World Science Festival Brisbane is the ultimate destination for scientific insight in the southern hemisphere, positioning Queensland’s capital as an international hub for scientific thought leadership.
For more information, contact:
Partnerships Coordinator, World Science Festival Brisbane