Nominate a STEM Star for Queensland Museum Medal

17 May 2019

From dinosaur explorers to a crocodile hunter, biodiversity leaders and naturalists and most recently, Queensland’s very own spiderman – this is your chance to join the ranks of the select few who have been honoured with a Queensland Museum Medal, with nominations for the awards now open.

Queensland Museum CEO and Director Dr Jim Thompson invited researchers, citizen scientists, taxonomists and community members to nominate individuals for the prestigious awards.

“The Queensland Museum Medal is a way to celebrate and recognise the people whose work has been invaluable to the organisation, so if you know an individual whose work stands out, please nominate them,” Dr Thompson said.

“For more than 155 years, Queensland Museum has built a solid reputation as a scientific and cultural leader through our role in collecting and interpreting Queensland’s unique cultural and natural heritage and sharing this information, by creating accessible experiences for all Queenslanders.

“We cannot do this alone and the Queensland Museum Medal acknowledges and recognises the remarkable work of those who work with us to achieve this.”

Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said awards such as the Queensland Museum Medal highlighted the great work of Queenslanders.

“Queensland is home to some of the best individuals and companies in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and the Queensland Museum, which presents the World Science Festival Brisbane, is an organisation that nurtures and encourages STEM,” Minister Enoch said.

“That is why I am urging people to nominate for the prestigious Queensland Museum Medal, which honours individuals who have made a major contribution in a field relevant to the Queensland Museum for research or other work carried out for the benefit of Queensland or the Queensland Museum.”

Introduced by the Board of the Queensland Museum in 1987, the Queensland Museum Medal has recognised some of Australia’s foremost scientists, conservationists, naturalists and community leaders, including Sir David Attenborough and Steve Irwin.

Dr Robert Raven, a world-leader in the field of arachnology was the recipient of the 2018 Queensland Museum Medal.

Nominations for the Queensland Museum Medal are based on the individual’s level of impact in the community, the importance of their contribution or achievement, and their alignment with Queensland Museum’s values and recipients of the Queensland Museum Medal will be awarded a medal and certificate.

Click here to nominate for the Queensland Museum Medal online. Nominations close on 31 July 2019. Winners will be announced during National Science Week in August 2019. Full terms and conditions can be found at

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