2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize

Stage: People choice voting commences

WHAT PRIZES ARE AVAILABLE?

The 2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize offers three cash prizes of $5,000:

  • Jury Award determined by a judging panel
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award determined by a judging panel
  • People’s Choice Award determined by public vote


WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?
(Times listed are AEST)

Submissions open 7 November 2019

Submissions close 4pm, 10 February 2020

People’s Choice voting commences 9am, 11 February 2020

Jury judging commences 9am, 11 February 2020

People’s Choice voting concludes 5pm, 4 March 2020

Jury judging concludes 5pm, 4 March 2020

Finalists notified 6 March 2020

Finalists present and winners announced 29 March 2020 


WHAT DOES EARLY/MID-CAREER MEAN?

Early career is defined as fewer than five years in a STEM profession. Students are eligible to apply.

Mid-career is defined as fewer than twelve years in a STEM profession.


CAN I APPLY AS PART OF A TEAM?

Applications must be submitted by an individual.

Teams are ineligible to apply. Entrants working as part of a team are encouraged to apply as an individual by focusing their application on their contribution to the team project.


I ENTERED LAST YEAR, CAN I ENTER AGAIN?

Previous winners of the Queensland Women in STEM Prize are ineligible.  

If you have entered a previous Queensland Women in STEM Prize, but did not receive an Award, you are welcome (and encouraged!) to enter again.


HOW DO I CREATE A VIDEO?

For some tips on filming your video, visit the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist website.

Contact your organisation's media and communications department who can help in producing and creating your research video.

Do it yourself using the past entries as a reference guide from 2018 and 2019.

REMEMBER, the judges will be considering the strength of your content and ideas and your ability to articulate your work in STEM, not video production skills.


UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO

Embedding your video is the only way to present your video in the competition (ie Thinkable doesn't host the video itself). That means you need to upload your video to other sites like Youtube, Vimeo or Google Drive - then follow their instructions to copy the embedding code into the application when it asks you.

Youtube is free and far and away the easiest option for you.

For Youtube - here is an explanation to find the code you need to embed in your application

For Vimeo - here is the help guide to find the code you need to embed

For Google Drive - here is a help guide.


WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

The Jury Award will be determined by a panel of judges, including representatives from:

  • Queensland Museum Network
  • Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Queensland science community 


WHO IS QUEENSLAND MUSEUM NETWORK?

Founded in 1862 by the Queensland Philosophical Society, Queensland Museum Network has been discovering, documenting and celebrating Queensland’s biological diversity, cultural heritage and geological treasures for more than 150 years.

Today, Queensland Museum Network is the keeping place for the State Collection, comprised of more than one million cultural objects and natural history specimens and more than 14 million research items. 

We harness support of industry, government and community to celebrate the story of Queensland and our place in the world through leading research and unique experiences at seven public sites across the state. 

Queensland Museum Network reaches beyond the walls of our museums to foster connections with diverse audiences through trusted research, online resources, workshops, talks and lecture series, a lending service, best-selling publications, professional consultancy services and public events including World Science Festival Brisbane.


WHAT IS WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE?

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a new cultural institution’, the World Science Festival has been held annually in New York for more than a decade.

Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive licence to host World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific 2016-21, the only global extension of this hugely popular initiative.

World Science Festival Brisbane explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations.

Each March, science ventures out of the laboratory and into the streets of Brisbane and regional Queensland, bringing communities together to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts.  


WHO IS OFFICE OF THE QUEENSLAND CHIEF SCIENTIST?

The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, within the Department of Environment and Science, provides high-level strategic advice to the State Government on the role of science, research and innovation to meet Queensland’s challenges.

The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist has three key responsibilities:

1.      lead science strategy across government

2.      increase engagement and participation of the Queensland community in science-based activities

3.      promote Queensland science.

The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is responsible for implementing the Engaging Queenslanders in science strategy which seeks to create a Queensland population that engages in, supports and advocates for science.

For more information visit our website.


WHO IS OFFICE FOR WOMEN?

Part of the Department of Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women Child Safety, the Office for Women leads gender equality reforms and delivers projects that support government and industry to promote and protect women’s and girls’ rights, interests and wellbeing.

The Office for Women facilitates a whole-of-government Queensland Women's Strategy which outlines the Queensland Government’s vision for women and girls with emphasis on gender equality and related issues across the priority areas of participation and leadership, economic security, safety, and health and wellbeing.

If you would like to stay in touch, join our mailing list to receive communication about news, events and other information relevant to women and girls.


WHO IS BHP FOUNDATION?

The BHP Foundation works to address some of the most critical global sustainable development challenges facing our generation.

By working in partnership with others we seek to raise the bar, find new solutions and set new standards for the future.

We are a charitable organization funded by BHP, a leading global resources company, and through our programs we address challenges that are directly relevant to the resources sector. In Australia the Foundation’s work is centred on enabling young people to develop and fulfil their potential, and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organizations in their drive towards effective governance and self-determination.

For more information, visit our website


MORE QUESTIONS?

Please contact Queensland Museum Network by phone (07) 3842 9392 or email qwisp@qm.qld.gov.au.

 Funding Available

$15,000

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