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 (excluding career breaks).
Proudly sponsored by Functional Plant Biology
Joan (Jan) Mary Anderson FAA FRS FDhc (Umeå) was an internationally acclaimed plant biologist renowned for her discoveries on the organization of the intricate membrane structures that carry out solar energy conversion in cells of green plants. Jan’s experiments and insights changed the way we think about the light reactions of photosynthesis. Her research career spanned some 55 years, mostly at the Division of Plant Industry CSIRO Canberra (1961-97) and then in the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University. A short biography of Jan Anderson can be found here.
Jan was a passionate and creative female scientist who was well ahead of her time. She was an inspiration to young researchers, for whom her enthusiasm and curiosity were infectious. Professor Jan Anderson died on 28 August 2015 after a short illness. In recognition of her life and achievements in photosynthesis research as a pioneering female scientist, this award will acknowledge talented female plant science researchers.
A call is made for applications each year. This award carries a $2000 cash prize.
A female ASPS member may apply for the Award or be nominated by another member. The research must have been done within 15 years of their PhD, or within 15 cumulative years of employment subsequent to the year in which their PhD thesis was submitted (excluding career breaks).
Proudly sponsored by CSIRO Agriculture and Food, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.
JG Wood was the foundation President of ASPP. His contributions are recognised in a series of biennial JG Wood memorial lectures by eminent plant scientists.
Sir Rutherford N (Bob) Robertson was our second President in 1958. In recognition of his formative influence on plant science in Australia, the society began the biennial ‘Robertson Lectures’ in 1994 when Bob turned 81. These alternate with the JG Wood memorial lectures. Bob, together with his wife Mary, continued to be a regular participant at the annual conference until 1997. He was an inspiration to Australian plant scientists both young and old. A biographical memoir of Bob Robertson is available at here.
The RN Robertson Travelling Fellowship is designed to support early career researchers 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 or more awards to a maximum value of $4000 per award and total of $7000 awarded each year.
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. In 2023, the society is also supporting attendance at the International Congress on Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB2023)
Current honours and postgraduate students are encouraged to apply to ASPS 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.
Plant Nutrition Trust Award reports
Details and reports from past recipients here.