The recipients of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were announced at a black-tie awards dinner on Wednesday 29 October in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra.
Representing the nation’s finest awards for excellence in science and science teaching, the five prizes awarded in 2014 were:
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
- Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
- Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.
The prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools recognises an outstanding contribution to science education in Australia.
Although not taking out the top prize this year, we are thrilled to announce that OUPANZ author, Helen Silvester has been awarded a High Commendation for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. This award recognises Helen’s contribution, commitment and dedication to science teaching across her career.
Helen Silvester is Head of Science at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. She has over 20 years’ science teaching experience and a background in research at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Currently working for ASTA and VCAA, Helen is also an experienced author of science textbooks including Oxford Big Ideas Science and the new Oxford Science to be launched in 2015.