The Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) is calling for nominations for the 2021 ATSE Awards, to recognise outstanding Australian achievements in applied science, technology or engineering innovation and commercialisation.
Each year, ATSE recognises leading lights who make extraordinary contributions to technological science and engineering in Australia.
ATSE CEO Kylie Walker said that recognising Australia’s outstanding entrepreneurs and innovators is crucial in showcasing the importance of applied science, technology and engineering to creating new industry, pushing forward Australia’s technological capacity, and growing jobs for skilled graduates.
“Australian research is world class, and we have a huge potential to keep growing the translation and commercialisation of this work, to enhance our resilience and become a leading innovation economy,” Ms Walker said.
“Australia has a wealth of outstanding entrepreneurs and innovators who have made significant contributions to Australia through applied science, technology or engineering. I encourage our best and brightest across the innovation economy to nominate for an award, help us to celebrate your achievements and connect you with international leaders across STEM.”
ATSE’s awards recognise entrepreneurs, applied scientists, technologists and engineers across many phases of their career and working across academia, research and industry, and include cash prizes and travel bursaries as well as access to ATSE’s network of leading experts.
“I particularly encourage trailblazers from under-represented groups in STEM, such as women and Indigenous Australians, to nominate for our prestigious awards.”
Nominations for the 2021 ATSE Awards are open until 18 January 2021.
See the inspirational recipients from this year’s 2020 ATSE Awards.
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BACKGROUND ON ATSE AWARDS
The Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year recognises an individual who has played an integral role in the discovery and translation of a major technology-based product or service that has led to financial success and demonstrated impact for Australia.
The Clunies Ross Innovation Award recognises an individual or small team responsible for the discovery, development and adoption of a technology that has significantly improved societal or industry capabilities.
The Clunies Ross Knowledge Award Commercialisation Award recognises an individual or small team responsible for the discovery, development and adoption of a technology and for sharing their knowledge leading to successful commercialisation.
The Ezio Rizzardo Polymer Scholarship encourages and supports outstanding polymer research undertaken by a PhD student in Australia and reinforces the contribution that polymer science or engineering makes to Australia’s reputation as a centre of technology and leadership.
The David & Valerie Solomon Award recognises an early-mid career science or technology graduate working in academia, research or industry R&D who demonstrates substantial ability to foster research-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer.