Science fields are improving at being more inclusive. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
The 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science have recognised momentous achievements in astrophysics, sustainability innovation, epigenetics and primary and secondary teaching excellence.
Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators’ attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.
The prizes are among the country’s most prestigious accolades for science-related achievements. This year marks their 20th anniversary.
Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards.
The 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were awarded at Canberra’s Parliament House on October 17. Along with the top prize, life science, physics, innovation and teaching were recognised.