Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in science and technology roles across the country are being encouraged to enter the inaugural Deadly Award for Scientist or Science Project of the Year.
The CSIRO-sponsored award aims to recognise the significant contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in science roles or science projects. Nominees are encouraged from all scientific fields, from environmental management to astronomy and space sciences.
CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark said the awards aim to showcase outstanding individuals and projects and encourage others to take on science careers. “If we look here, just at CSIRO, we’ve got Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working across a range of areas, including marine science, plant ecology, social sciences, ecosystems science, fire management and geography, and we know there are many more high achievers out there in the community,” Dr Clark said.
“We want people to tell us about the outstanding Indigenous scientists and science projects in their communities so they can be recognised at these national awards. “Our sponsorship of the Deadlys is one more step we’re taking to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and we’re hoping to inspire all Australians about the benefits of science at the same time.”
Nominations for the Scientist or Science Project of the Year can be made on the Deadlys website and close on 30 June 2013. Five finalists will then be selected by the Deadlys Academy, with the winner announced at the Deadlys to be held at the Sydney Opera House on 10 September. Previous recipients of Deadlys include Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Lewis Jetta, Deborah Mailman and Percy Neal.
You can find out more information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander career opportunities at CSIRO by visiting their website. For Deadly Awards media enquiries, please call Maryann Weston at Vibe on (02) 48 228230 or email maryann[at]gjcvibe.com.au