2018 Premier's Science Awards

The Premier's Science Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community. Award recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in the State.

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Finalists for the Premier’s Science Awards will be announced in July. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 15 August 2018, where the WA Science Hall of Fame inductee will also be announced.

The four categories in the 2018 Premier’s Science Awards are:

  • Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize)
  • Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize).

The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.

The Awards are supported by the Western Australian Government and administered by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. Track the Premier’s Science Awards on Twitter using the hashtag #WASciAwards.

Key Dates in 2018

Applications open – Monday 26 March
Applications close – 10.00am (AWST) Monday 21 May
Finalists announced – July

For more information visit: http://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/what-we-do/science-and-innovation/science-award-programs/premier's-science-awards 

Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year 2017


Dr Asha Bowen
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (Telethon Kids Institute) 

Dr Bowen is a clinician-NHMRC early career researcher at Telethon Kids Institute and Paediatric Infectious Diseases specialist at Princess Margaret Hospital. As leader of the Telethon Kids Institute Skin Team, Dr Bowen uses an integrated approach to reduce the burden of skin infections in Aboriginal children. Dr Bowen's PhD was a world-first trial of the treatment of impetigo (a skin disease which can lead to life-threatening conditions) in remote Aboriginal children. The trial results have been translated into local, regional and national treatment guidelines. Dr Bowen is also leading the first comprehensive skin control program for WA, which aims to halve the incidence of skin infections in Kimberley Aboriginal children.


  • Dr Wensu Chen, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow (Curtin University)
  • Dr Jun Li, Senior Lecturer/ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow (Curtin University) 
  • Dr Anais Pages, Research Scientist (CSIRO)