Media Release

Seeking global champions in engineering and technology

25 January 2021

CAETS Communication Prizes

“Science is not finished until it’s communicated”

Sir Mark Walport, UK Chief Scientist 2013-17

A nationwide search begins today for brilliant technological scientists and engineers who are not only involved in ground-breaking work, but who are also able to engage with the public on the significance of it.

The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), of which the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) is a founding member, has established two annual Communications Prizes to find the most compelling technological and engineering innovations, communicated in a way to inspire the public and aspiring young technologists.

Australian technological scientists and engineers are encouraged to submit short videos on work they have done, or are conducting that makes an impact on society and the economy.
We’re looking for videos that describe technological advances of significant importance and communicated in a way that can educate the general public on the important role of technology and engineering in society, and that can inspire students to consider career paths in those fields.

There are two categories:
Engineering Success Stories
Submissions from Fellows of ATSE describing technological or engineering advances that already have demonstrated significant real-world impact

High Potential Innovations
Open to university/tertiary students or junior scientists/engineers with fewer than 10-years’ work experience, describing important innovations that have the potential to change our world but where it is too soon to have had demonstrated impact

ATSE will adjudicate the Australian entries and submit the best videos for each of the two categories for competition against those from international CAETS member academies.
The video entries are to be no longer than five minutes and should clearly and simply explain a problem, solution and its actual or potential impact.

ATSE President Hugh Bradlow said it’s important for people working in the fields of technology and engineering to address, in a simple and engaging manner, general audiences.

“Technology and engineering make a positive impact on society and have the ability to solve real-world problems,” Professor Bradlow said.

“Australia’s technologists and engineers are doing incredible, innovative work, but this is sometimes poorly understood because it has not been explained in terms everyone can understand.

“ATSE hopes this competition will encourage technological scientists and engineers in Australia to not only think about their innovations but also how they are communicated.”

The closing date for entries is 5.00PM AEST Friday 28th of May 2021.


Find out more on the Programs and Awards section of the ATSE website

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CAETS (International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences) is an independent non-political, non-governmental, international organisation of engineering and technological sciences academies, one member per country, that advises governments and international organisations on technical and policy issues related to its areas of expertise. It also aims to foster a balanced understanding of the applications of engineering and technology by the public and provide an international forum for discussion. The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is one of five founding members.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is a Learned Academy of independent experts helping Australians understand and use technology to solve complex problems.