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 competition: 

Should intelligent robots have rights?

The European Group on Ethics in Science (EGE) are of the opinion that rights only pertain to people and that AI and robots should not have rights of their own.

The question:

As robots become more intelligent and get more integrated in our lives and become our companions would you want to protect them with the rights and the freedom that we have?

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 31 March 2020.