Leadership in Science (Eureka Prizes)

The Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science is sponsored by CSIRO.

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The CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science is awarded to an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact on science.




Leadership is defining objectives, harnessing, motivating and mobilising talent, and achieving results.

Australia has many gifted science leaders, who integrate their science talents with the management skills necessary to make a difference. They can be found in universities, research laboratories, government, the media and in schools.

Australia's success as a nation depends on its leaders. Science leadership continues therefore to be of prime importance.

The CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science acknowledges and celebrates the role and impact of great leadership in science.


Entries should specifically address how the work entered meets the following judging criteria:

1. A demonstrated track record of results achieved through working with others, but possible only through the catalytic impact of quality leadership

2. Evidence of a clear vision carried through to fruition

3. A demonstrated energy, passion and commitment evident over time

4. An exemplar of the Chinese maxim of leadership: 'When the job gets done, the people say "We did it ourselves".'

5. Leadership achievements recognised in a broader environment and beyond the immediate team.

6. Quality of Assessor reports


This prize is open only to individuals. Entries consisting of more than one individual are ineligible.

Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If nominating an entrant, please ensure that they have the opportunity to provide input to the documentation in support of their nomination.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories (as defined by the Australian Government) by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least one Assessor Report.

You must submit an online entry form including one attachment containing all supporting documentation by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013 to be eligible for this prize. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013 will not be considered. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard-copy applications will not be considered.

The activity entered/nominated for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or CSIRO for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements, press releases etc. Entrants may also be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

Personal information provided to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum and CSIRO, however such use will be only in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience issues in uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or eureka@austmus.gov.au before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry (including Assessor reports) after the close of entries.

Failure to meet these Conditions of Entry will automatically disqualify an entry.


1. You must prepare one (1) document that contains the following information:

a. Personal profile: a brief personal profile on the entrant (two page maximum)

b. Activity summary: a brief description of the entrant's activity, including objectives and results to date (two page maximum)

c. Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (two page maximum)

d. Assessor reports: a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of four (4) written reports addressing each of the judging criteria from assessors who are familiar with the entered research (two page maximum per report). NOTE: Judges rely on assessor's reports to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on entries. Therefore, assessors should not be personally or directly involved in the activity entered in this prize.

This document can be uploaded in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.

2. Submit an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013.

Complete the online entry form which must include your supporting document and submit by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, please call the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.

Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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