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Academic research teams called on to enter awards

Academic research teams operating in all specialisations are encouraged to enter this year’s AusSpace24 Awards and showcase their talents.

The AusSpace24 Awards (formerly known as the Australian Space Awards) is returning for the fifth consecutive year and will culminate in a gala black-tie ceremony on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at The Star Sydney. Click here to buy tickets.

There are 25 individual and group categories for entrants to choose from this year, including the Academic Research Team of the Year.

Submit an entry or nominate a team of your choice by Monday, 4 March 2024 to be recognised for your achievements.


This group award recognises all academic research teams regardless of their specialisation operating across domains such as telecommunications, satellite, energy, mining, transport, and all other space-related disciplines.

To be eligible for this award, the team must be employed in an Australian academic institution.

The period of assessment is from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

All information will be treated as confidential and only shared with the specific judges that assess this category.


Answering questions in your submission

As part of the assessment criteria, entrants must provide responses of a maximum of 400 words per question to four questions.

Begin by highlighting your major success, achievements, or milestones over the assessment period.

Following this, demonstrate any innovation that has shaped your team and its outcomes (not just limited to financial gains).

Third, outline the breadth of research your team undertakes, before detailing the market potential for your research.

How to enhance your entry

To strengthen your submissions, you are encouraged to provide a maximum of four supporting documents (unless directly requested) and refer to the material for the judges’ consideration.

These could include financial or business metrics, images, statistics, transcripts, media coverage, accolades, testimonials or recommendations/references and other relevant information.

If the documents are not directly referenced and relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded.

In addition to these supporting documents, we encourage you to submit an optional video of up to 30 seconds long, answering the question: “What does business success mean to you?”

This award will offer peer-reviewed recognition of the achievements of an academic research team and their contribution to propelling Australia's space industry forward.

Finalists will be determined by a well-respected judging panel that includes senior space industry and government leaders, academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators. Click here to view the methodology.

How to enter the awards

To enter the awards, decide which categories you are eligible to submit into.

Then, register your account through our secure awards platform and log in. Fill in the details of your submission/s.

When you are happy with your submission, press save and lodge it.

Submit an entry or nominate an academic research team by Monday, 4 March 2024, for a chance to win this award.

For tips on how to write an effective submission, click here.

To find out how to submit your award entry, click here.

Winners will be announced at the Australian Space Awards 2024 black-tie gala ceremony on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at The Star, Sydney. Click here to buy tickets.

For more information about the awards program, click here.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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