The Society seeks to support and publicise excellence in the Australian plant-science community, by providing awards to recognise members or a fellowship to enhance research (current financial members of the Society).
Peter Goldacre was an enthusiastic researcher who was held in great respect by his peers. His tragic death in 1960 from stomach cancer at age 34 shocked and saddened all his friends and colleagues. The Goldacre Medal was established as a lasting tribute to his contributions in plant physiology, and as an encouragement to young researchers. A short biography of Peter Goldacre can be found here.
A call is made for applications each year. This award carries a $2000 cash prize and a medal.
An ASPS member may apply for the Award or be nominated by another member. The research must have been done within 10 years of their PhD, or within 10 cumulative years of employment subsequent to the year in which their PhD thesis was submitted.
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The RN Robertson Travelling Fellowship is designed to support an early career researcher to undertake a research visit outside their host institution. A biographical memoir of Bob Robertson is available on the Australian Academy of Science website.
A call for applications will be made each year, for one award each year to a maximum value of $4000.
The fellowship supports graduate student and recent PhD graduate members of ASPS to undertake research at another institution outside of the Australian state in which their current research institution resides, by providing access to expertise and facilities outside of that currently available to them. For overseas applicants, the proposed host research institution must be within Australia.
Functional Plant Biology (FPB) is pleased to offer an annual award for the best paper published in the Journal in each calendar year.
The award carries a prize of a personal one-year print+online subscription to FPB, a A$250 book voucher from CSIRO PUBLISHING, a framed reprint and a certificate.
To be eligible for the prize, the first author must be no more than 10 years post-PhD, and a member of the ASPS (or its national equivalent).
FPB Reviewers are asked to nominate whether a manuscript is suitable for consideration for the prize, and nominations are then judged by the Editor-in-Chief of FPB in association with a member(s) of the Executive of the Society to select a winner.
For more information about Functional Plant Biology, see the CSIRO web site.
The Society highly values teaching, and this award recognises excellence, innovation and/or contributions to teaching plant science at University level.
A call for applications will be made each year.
The award will be made on the description of excellence, innovation and/or contributions to the teaching of plant science to undergraduate students.
The Society encourages student attendance at the annual national combined biology conference, ComBio.
Current honours and postgraduate students are encouraged to apply to ASPS before the first Monday in June every year. Support will vary from year to year depending on the Society finances, meeting location and the number of applications.
Funding is contingent on the presentation of a poster or oral presentation at the conference.
Student posters at ComBio are in the running to win one of the ASPS Combio Student Poster prizes.
Student posters will automatically be entered into the competition, and assessed by judges for the clear and concise presentation of outstanding scientific content.
Winners will be announced at the conference and presented with a certificate and prize.