The Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science is awarded to a scientist who has shared their expertise with a broad audience - informing, enthusing and engaging the public.




Celestino believes that excellent communication of scientific research can capture the public's imagination, spark meaningful debate and discussion, and afford science a stronger presence in our society.

This prize is designed to recognise and encourage the efforts of an individual scientist working in any of the STEMM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or medical research) who is effectively and consistently making their area of scientific expertise accessible, relevant and engaging to a broad public audience.

Judging criteria

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

  1. Effectiveness and originality of communication mediums and/or methods – to what extent are you breaking new ground in the communication of science?
  2. The breadth, diversity and depth of the public engaged
  3. Evidence your communication activities have increased the Australian public’s understanding and appreciation of science.

Prize specific conditions of entry

This prize is only open to individual scientists working in scientific research institutes, companies or universities. Entries consisting of more than one individual are ineligible.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than two (2) years prior to the closing date of entries.

Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If an entrant is nominated it is important 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 two (2) Assessor reports. Assessor reports must be signed and dated by the assessor (electronic signature is acceptable), and include name, position and full contact details of the assessor (a letterhead including these details is sufficient). NOTE: Judges rely on Assessor 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.

Entry forms must be submitted online and include one attachment containing all supporting documentation by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 will not be considered. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard-copy applications will not be considered.

General conditions of entry - Science Engagement prizes

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

A project that has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry.

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.

Finalists will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the work nominated for promotional purposes.

Information provided by the entrants in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or Celestino 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 Celestino however such use will only be in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience problems uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or 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 all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

How to enter

  1. Prepare a single document [Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] containing the following information:

    a. Activity summary: a brief description of the activity entered, including objectives and results to date. Please include at least 3 links to evidence of your activities e.g. websites, YouTube videos, podcasts, media appearances etc. (two page maximum)

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

    c. CV: curriculum vitae of entrant (maximum two pages)

    d. Assessor reports: a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) written reports addressing each of the judging criteria from assessors who are familiar with the entered work (two page maximum per report).

  2. Submit an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019.

    When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or email