Public to vote on the big ideas: Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize

THE Centenary Institute has introduced a new Award to this year’s Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative – the People’s Choice Award. Centenary is calling on the broader Australian community to get involved and have their say on which innovative young researcher they would like to see supported through this year’s Prize, additional to those decided by its international judging panel.

The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize (CILCP) is entering its fifth year as the leading prize for young, creative and innovative Australian scientists. Coined the “Archibald Prize of the young science world”, the CILCP rewards Australia’s best and brightest young scientists for asking the bold questions that others would not think possible.

In partnership with Thinkable.org, an amazing 48 applicants have this year uploaded a video about their research, outlining how they are taking a creative and innovative approach to biomedical science. Over 1,000 votes have been cast within the first few hours of voting.

The Centenary Institute is calling on the wider community to visit Thinkable.org to vote for their favourite applicant or make a contribution to their research via the crowdfunding capabilities of the site.

Centenary Institute Executive Director, Professor Mathew Vadas AO, said it is vitally important that we support young innovative scientists to ensure Australia remains a world leader biomedical research.

“80% of the biggest scientific discoveries for humanity have come from researchers younger than 45 years of age,” Professor Vadas said.

“Over the years, the Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize has supported some of Australia’s finest young researchers, including Professor Geoff Faulkner who looks at DNA in the human brain, and Connie Wong, who is working to prevent early deaths following stroke.

“This is a great opportunity for young scientists right across the country to showcase their research to some of the world’s leading scientists, as well as the broader Australian community.”

In addition to the “People’s Choice Award”, applicants will also be judged by a panel of internationally-recognised scientists, including Professor Ian Frazer, who is best known for developing the technology behind the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer.

The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize is held in loving memory of Neil Lawrence, who tragically passed away earlier this year.

Applications can be view and votes cast at: https://thinkable.org/competition/12.

Image: Neil Lawrence (Credit: AFR.com).

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