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MRIWA Science Communications Awards applications now open

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Applications for the 2024 Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) Science Communication Awards are now open.

This year marks the second time the awards will be held. The event recognises, showcases, and rewards exceptional communicators in WA involved in minerals research, technology or services aligned with MRIWA’s research priorities and focus areas.

MRIWA’s key focus areas include net-zero emission mining, green steel, exploration amplification, critical minerals, alternative use of tailings and waste, precision and low-impact mining.

The awards are open to industry professionals, students, researchers, and academics engaged in minerals research in Western Australia.

“Effective science communication is not merely about conveying information – it’s about inspiring curiosity and fostering a deeper appreciation of the discoveries being made,” WA Mines and Petroleum Minister David Michael said.

“Importantly, the MRIWA Science Communication Awards recognise the local talent contributing to minerals research ecosystem.

“Science communication is the vital conduit through which the complexities of science are translated into accessible, actionable knowledge for the benefit of all.”

Applicants are encouraged to submit a three‑minute video presentation for consideration. The shortlisted finalists will then be provided with a science communication masterclass to enhance their skills.

The first prize winner will be announced at the MRIWA Research Showcase on August 21, and will receive $5000.

The second prize winner will take home $2000 and the third place winner will receive $1000.

Applications for the MRIWA Science Communication Awards close on May 10.

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