Jan Anderson Award and Lecture

The Jan Anderson Award and Lecture

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.

Applications for the Anderson Award should be lodged with the Honorary Secretary, ASPS Inc. secretary@asps.org.au

Applications for the inaugural 2018 Anderson Award will open 1st December 2017.

(The closing date for the 2018 award will be February 28th, 2018).

Nominations will be invited for this Award every year. The background of the Award is given below, together with candidate prerequisites and procedures to follow in making a submission.

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.

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.

The Award

  1. The Award honours the memory and attainments of Jan Anderson – a pre-eminent scientist and foundation member of this Society.
  2. The Award will be made to an early or mid-career female in recognition of outstanding research conducted subsequent to their PhD. The research should be represented by published papers, including those in press. In the case of multi-author papers, the role of the candidate needs to be stated and they should have played a major role in both the design and execution of the work.
  3. The work presented for assessment shall be in any branch of plant science represented by the Society.
  4. The Award excludes work carried out under supervision while the applicant was a candidate for a research degree.
  5. The Award will normally be made annually by the Society unless there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
  6. The value of the Award will be determined by the Society. The current value is $2,000, and is sponsored by CSIRO Agriculture and Food, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.
  7. The successful applicant will be invited to present their work in a plenary Anderson Lecture at the annual conference.

The Candidate

  1. A person may apply for the Award or a nomination may be made on their behalf.
  2. At the time of applying, the candidate would not have exceeded the equivalent of 15 cumulative years of full-time employment subsequent to the year their PhD was awarded.
  3. A candidate must have carried out the research subsequent to their PhD research.
  4. The candidate should be a member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists, with a preference given to candidates that have carried out most of their research in Australia.
  5. When two or more nominees are of equal merit, the prize shall be shared equally.
  6. Nominators must be members of the Society.
  7. Candidates are not restricted as to the number of occasions on which they apply for the Award, although previous winners of either the Goldacre or Anderson award cannot reapply.
  8. There is no obligation for the society to make an award in any one given year if there are no candidates deemed of suitable quality.

Successful Candidates

  1. The successful applicant will be invited to present their work in a plenary Anderson Lecture at the annual conference.
  2. The winner(s) will be required to provide a description of their work in the next 60 days after the award is granted for our “Phytogen” newsletter. This presentation (up to 3 pages long) should be sent to the ASPS Phytogen Editor as a Word document and photos should be provided separately as “png” files. Other material, such as videos or additional URL, is also welcome.

Application Procedure

  1. Applications for the Award should be emailed to the Secretary of the Society secretary@asps.org.au by a time specified, normally at least six months before the annual meeting at which the Award is announced to enable the Awardee to present their work in an Anderson Lecture.
  2. Each application shall consist of a one-page statement describing the merits of the applicant’s work, a full CV (including the date their PhD was awarded and employment history), and copies of each of the published papers forming the basis of the application. It shall also include a summary limited to 100 words that can be used as a citation at the Award ceremony. All of the above application materials should be submitted as electronic files.
  3. The Secretary of the Society will manage the applications to ensure that those assessing applications will not know whether they have originated as nominations or direct applications.
  4. The Award will be made by the Society on the recommendation of its Committee who may co-opt expert assessors for this purpose. The Secretary and President will select appropriate Australian and international assessors, whose identity will remain known only to them. In cases where more than one candidate receives a strong recommendation, the President or Secretary will decide on the Award on the basis of the advice received.