In Queensland our scientists are international leaders at the forefront of many breakthroughs and discoveries that make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally and internationally.
To help continue this trend and encourage innovation and collaboration between women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research we are launching the Women in STEM competition. This competition is open to female researchers and students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics only.
While the aim of the competition is to uncover bright ideas that align with Queensland’s Science and Research Priorities and have the potential to benefit Queenslanders, we want to develop your communication and engagement skills through the application process.
Enhancing these skills will help you to create awareness for your research, achieve recognition, identify opportunities for collaboration and gain funding for your future research projects.
The Women in STEM competition offers two prizes of $5000. A panel of accomplished judges will nominate a winner for the ‘Jury Award’ and the public can vote to select the ‘People’s choice award’ winner. The prize money is to go towards professional development, conference attendance or your research project.
The competition is supported by the World Science Festival Brisbane, and the Queensland Government’s Office for Women and Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.
Applicant’s submissions will be showcased during the World Science Festival to celebrate and recognise women in STEM research. Good luck with your application!
Who can enter?
1.Female STEM researchers and students from any company, institute, government, university, not for profit or educational institution.
2.Applicants must be Australian Citizens or a permanent Australian resident at the time of application and award.
Thinkable will take you through an online application process which includes:
TITLE (Short title of your project)
SUMMARY – (Short plain English summary of your work – 150 words max) [Criteria 1]
DESCRIPTION – (Description of the benefit of your research to Queenslanders – 500 words max) [Criteria 3]
ADDITIONAL DETAILS – (Short biography, list of key collaborators and summary of your track-record – 500 words max)[Criteria 2 and 4]
VIDEO - Produce an optional video up to 3 minutes long that introduces you and your research to a wider general audience for the People's Choice Award [Criteria 1]
Closing date for applications: 5pm (AEST) 19 February 2016.
The criteria for winning the Jury Award are:
1.Well-articulated and planned innovative research project
2.Quality of collaboration
3.Clear outcomes of research and relevance to Queensland
All applications will be judged by an expert panel, including:
1. Professor Suzanne Miller, CEO Queensland Museum
2. Dr Catherine Ball, Director of Applied Innovation, Elemental Strategy
3. Prof Pamela Russell, QUT IHBI & Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Queensland
4. Dr Eva Abal, Associate Professor, Chief Scientific Officer GBRF
5. Dr Maggie Hardy, The University of Queensland & Australian Academy of Science
6. Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, Adroit Research & Tech Girls are Super Heroes
7. Ms Fiona Hayes, Adobe & Women in Technology
8. Dr Jennifer Loy, Griffith University, Queensland College of Arts
9. Michael Lund, Science and Technology Editor, The Conversation
Winners will be announced at AEST 5pm Friday 11 March, 2016 at the Bucking the sySTEM event during the World Science Festival Brisbane. The judging panel’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered in to.
People’s Choice Award
Short video summaries introducing researchers and their work provides the avenue for sharing and engaging research with the wider public. The people's choice winner will be awarded to the entry who receives the largest number of registered votes from other scientists and the general public.
Voting opens Monday February 22, 9am (AEST)
Voting closes Friday March 4, 5pm(AEST)
What is World Science Festival Brisbane?
World Science Festival Brisbane will bring some of the world's greatest thought leaders to Queensland; showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia Pacific region; and host the brightest and the best from previous events in New York. At the Festival, the biggest stars of science will present the beauty, complexity, and importance of science through diverse, multidisciplinary programming that is the World Science Festival signature.
The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane will take place between 9 and 13 March 2016 and is presented by the Queensland Museum and supported by the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet and Tourism and Events Queensland.More info at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au
What is the Queensland Government Office for Women?
The Office for Women is part of the Queensland Government and plays a central role in carrying out the government's vision for the women of Queensland. We aim to promote and encourage the rights of all Queensland women - across cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and age groups. At the core of our work is the ongoing challenge to remove the barriers that stop women from fully participating in society. More info at https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/communityservices/women/about-the-office-for-women
What is the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist?
The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist supports Dr Geoff Garrett AO, the Queensland Chief Scientist, in his role as strategic advisor to the state government on science, research and innovation and as ambassador for Queensland science.
Dr Garrett and his team actively encourage collaboration between government, research and industry to inspire innovation. The team also promotes science, research and innovation to create a better understanding of the contribution they make to the state’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
The Queensland Chief Scientist is a whole-of-government position that sits within the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. More information at http://chiefscientist.qld.gov.au
How do I create a video?
You can do it yourself using Thinkable's guide or you could contact your university or organisation's media and communications department who can help in producing and creating your research video. The judging panel will be judging on the strength of your content and ideas, and not on video production skills.
Who can I contact if I need additional information?
Stephanie Tickle - Producer, World Science Festival Brisbane, firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrants consent to Thinkable, The World Science Festival Brisbane, the Queensland Government Office for Women and The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist using their name, likeness, image and/or voice (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this Prize (including any outcome), and promoting the Thinkable Platform.
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People's Choice Award
The scientist with most registered votes from the wider community
The top scientist as awarded by the panel of judges