ATA Scientific Encouragement Award

Young Scientists, your chance to win $1,500

If you are a young scientist you can enter our competition to win a $1500 Encouragement Award. This award is intended to provide you with financial assistance to attend a relevant science conference or to further your research or studies.

The question: Vaccine hesitancy

Vaccines have been proven to offer the best defence against deadly infections, yet, there is still a sizeable percentage of people, many from higher-income regions, who are hesitant to receive them. Anti-vaccination was identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the top ten global health threats of 2019. Diseases, such as measles, are making a resurgence and experts say people are avoiding vaccines due to fear and misinformation.


Why do some people believe such devious misinformation? How can we counter this misinformation to restore vaccine confidence as we start to vaccinate the world population against COVID-19?

The award:

The participant who submits the most amusing or imaginative entry in 500 words or less, will receive the A$1500 award. There are also two runner up awards of $600 each.

The conditions:

The competition is open to science graduates including Masters, PhD candidates and Post Doc scientists aged 30*or younger who work in the fields of the Life or Material or Chemical or Environmental Sciences** in Australian or New Zealand organisations. We can only accept one entry per person. Winning entries will be posted on our website and Facebook and featured in our newsletter. Payment is conditional upon your supervisor or organisation giving written permission for you to receive this award.

The entries will be assessed by a panel of ATA Scientific staff.

*The assessment panel may take into account extenuating circumstances that might provide grounds for consideration outside this age criterion.

**As a guide these fields include Biotech, Protein, Pharma, Food, Agriculture, Chemical, Polymer, Ceramics, Particles, Surfaces, Minerals, Soil and Water.

Entries close 19 April 2021


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