Top teachers and STEM professionals: Get recognised!

2020 SA STEMM Educator of the Year Kristie Talbot.

Do you know or are you a teacher or STEM professional in industry or academia? It’s time to get celebrated! Enter the SA Science and Innovation Awards before Weds 11 August.

The SA Science and Innovation Awards recognise and reward science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) professionals making outstanding contributions to research, innovation and education, as well as highlighting significant research and development being conducted in South Australia.

Categories include STEMM (STEM + medicine) Educator of the Year for primary, secondary and university or RTO levels, plus SA Scientist of the Year, Innovator of the Year and more.

“As we continue to face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, it is important to recognise and celebrate the critical role that science and its translation plays in ensuring our economic recovery and growth,” says SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

“These awards enable us to pay tribute to our extraordinary science, research and innovation leaders who continue to shape and deliver solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing communities across Australia and the world.

“It’s also an opportunity to celebrate educators who inspire and challenge the next generation to develop the knowledge, skills and creativity to build a better world.”

2020 winners of the SA Science and Innovation Awards included a clean technology expert from Flinders University, nanotechnology startup and STEMM Educators of the Year Kristie Talbot, Specialist STEM Coordinator and mentor from Modbury School P-7 and Professor Kerry Wilkinson, a PAn innovative wine educator who led the development of Wine101x, an award-winning Massive Open Online Course.

The South Australian Scientist of the Year and South Australian Innovator of the Year will receive a prize to the value of $25,000. Other award winners will receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 11 August 2021. For more information, guidelines and to apply, visit

Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs


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