Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition
The department's Hermitage Research Facility (HRF) Schools Plant Science Competition offers engaging ways for students to gain understanding and skills in key areas identified within the Australian science curriculum. Encouraging the next generation of people who will be involved in agricultural/science careers is crucial to how we will face the future and is a key purpose of the competition.
The 2020 'Plant Health' HRF Schools Plant Science Competition has now closed.
Entries in our competition are also eligible for entry in state or territory Science Teachers Association Science Contests (for Queenslanders, the STAQ Science Contest) and the national BHP Foundation Science & Engineering Awards.
This year, we are again joining forces with QuestaGame to provide students with further opportunities to engage in real-world science. Through QuestaGame’s outdoor mobile gaming app, students' insect, weed, plant disease and animal pest sightings will be shared with CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – the world’s premier collection of biodiversity records. Student involvement will also help researchers understand how we can better manage and protect biodiversity in a changing world. This is citizen science at its best!
Learn more about the current Hermitage research facility's schools plant science competition.
Learn more about how to enter the Hermitage research facility's schools plant science competition.
Learn more about the prizes, winners and awards day for the Hermitage research facility's schools plant science competition.
Learn more about the background of Hermitage research facility's schools plant science competition.
Pest Invaders is an outdoor mobile gaming app sharing pest sightings with CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes.
Get involved in National Science Week events
Support our competition, sponsors and supporters by participating in our National Science Week events:
- Virtual Awards Day | 18 August 2020 | 2020 DAF Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition
- Science for Food Security webinar series | 17-19 August 2020 | hosted by The Crawford Fund
- Queensland Government‒Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
- Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation
- Grains Research and Development Corporation
- University of Queensland (Faculty of Science)
- Paul Johnston Memorial Trust
- The Crawford Fund
- Ag Institute of Australia
- Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia
- Susan Cruickshank
- Queensland University of Technology
- John and Chris Purdie