Awards and Prizes

Approximate dates for SETAC AU Awards can be found below. The actual award submission deadlines can be found below or the Student Awards and Prizes page.

AwardApplication OpenApplications Due 
SETAC AU Early-Career MedalOpen27th March 2020
SETAC AU Mid-Career MedalOpen27th March 2020
SETAC AU World Congress General Member Travel AwardOpen15th April 2020
SETAC AU Technical Staff AwardOpen27th March 2020
Student AwardsApplications OpenApplications Due
SETAC AU World Congress Student Travel AwardOpen15th April 2020
SETAC AU Postgrad Research Publication AwardMid April 2020Late June 2020
SETAC AU Thesis PrizeMid April 2020Late June 2020
Science Technology Australia EventsExpressions of Interest OpenExpressions of Interest DueApproximate Event Date
Science meets ParliamentMayJuneNovember

SETAC AU Early-Career Medal – Sponsored by Hydrobiology

This medal will be awarded in recognition for excellence in scientific work in Australasia that has involved substantial environmental toxicology and chemistry, or for service to environmental toxicology and chemistry in Australasia, over the past five years.

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC-AU Secretary at australasia@setac.org by the 27th March 2020. Click here to find out more

Applicant must be within eight years of graduation from University, adjusted to account for career interruptions. Nominations can be by individuals (self-nominations) or from colleagues. A nomination must be seconded by two SETAC members and include the names of two referees with knowledge of the candidates work. Referees may second the nomination. Candidates must be current full members of SETAC (or ASE) with at least two years standing and have been a resident in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea for at least one year when nominated. Previously successful applicants need not apply.

Applications will be considered against the criteria:

  1. Overall contribution to Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Australasia over the last five years.
  2. National and international standing in the field of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
  3. Contributions by the way of research, teaching, policy development and/or application of environmental chemistry to industry.
  4. Significant works (e.g. industrial reports, patents, refereed research papers, etc.).
  5. Contributions to the SETAC community

The selection committee will also give consideration to those whose contribution is not directly reflected by publications.

The nomination must include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A list of significant works. These may include industrial reports, patents, refereed research papers, other significant publications (e.g. books, review chapters), or conference papers.
  4. A statement of no longer than 750 words of the nominee’s contribution to environmental toxicology and/or chemistry in Australasia, addressing the criteria listed above.
  5. A brief statement explaining career interruptions if relevant.
  6. A photograph of the nominee

The SETAC-AU Council will appoint a sub-committee to consider the nominations and make recommendations. No award shall be made if the Standing Committee considers there is no candidate of sufficient merit.

The recipient will be presented with a medal at the conference dinner at annual Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasian Conference, and will receive AUD 1000 towards travel expenses.

Nominations should be emailed to the Secretary of SETAC AU (australasia@setac.org), by 27th March 2020. Late nominations cannot be considered.

SETAC AU Mid-Career Medal – Sponsored by Hydrobiology

This medal will be awarded in recognition for excellence in scientific work in Australasia that has involved substantial environmental toxicology and chemistry, or for service to environmental toxicology and chemistry in Australasia, over the past ten years.

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC-AU Secretary at australasia@setac.org by the 27th March 2020. Click here to find out more

Applicant must be within fifteen years of graduating from the University, adjusted to account for career interruptions. Nominations can be by individuals (self-nominations) or from colleagues. A nomination must be seconded by two SETAC members and include the names of two referees with knowledge of the candidates work. Referees may second the nomination. Candidates must be current full members of SETAC (or ASE) with at least five years standing and be a resident in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea for at least one year when nominated. Previously successful applicants need not apply.

Applications will be considered against the criteria:

  1. Overall contribution to Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Australasia over the last ten years.
  2. National and international standing in the field of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
  3. Contributions by the way of research, teaching, policy development and/or application of environmental chemistry to industry.
  4. Significant works (e.g. industrial reports, patents, refereed research papers, etc.).
  5. Contributions to the SETAC community

The selection committee will also give consideration to those whose contribution is not directly reflected by publications.

The nomination must include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A list of significant works. These may include industrial reports, patents, refereed research papers, other significant publications (e.g. books, review chapters), or conference papers.
  4. A statement of no longer than 750 words of the nominee’s contribution to environmental toxicology and/or chemistry in Australia, addressing the criteria listed above.
  5. A brief statement explaining career interruptions if relevant.
  6. A photograph of the nominee

The SETAC AU Council will appoint a selection committee to consider the nominations and make recommendations. No award shall be made if the selection committee considers there is no candidate of sufficient merit.

The recipient will be presented with a medal at the conference dinner at annual Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasian Conference, and will receive AUD 1000 towards travel expenses.

Nominations should be emailed to the Secretary of SETAC AU (australasia@setac.org), by 27th March 2020. Late nominations cannot be considered.

SETAC AU Technical Staff Award

Much of the science that underpins our society is based on data generated by highly skilled and extremely diligent technical staff. This award seeks to recognise the irreplaceable contribution these members make to environmental toxicology and chemistry in Australasia. This Award is sponsored by Hydrobiology for 2020.

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC AU Secretary at australasia@setac.org by the 27th March 2020. Click here to find out more

Nominations can be by individuals (self-nominations) or from colleagues. A nomination must be seconded by two SETAC members and include the names of two referees with knowledge of the candidate’s work. Referees may second the nomination. Candidates must be current full members of SETAC with at least two years standing and have been a resident in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea for at least one year when nominated. Previously successful applicants need not apply nor SETAC AU Council Executive Committee Members.

Applications will be considered against the following criteria:

Contribution to advances in technical science including:

  • analytical improvements
  • laboratory method development
  • field sampling techniques
  • numerical modelling or similar

Contributions to the SETAC community

The nomination must include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Curriculum vitae with the names of two referees with knowledge of the candidate’s work
  3. A statement of no longer than 1000 words to demonstrate the nominee’s involvement in the technical science aspects of environmental toxicology and/or chemistry in Australasia, addressing the criteria listed above (as they apply to the candidate’s employment)
  4. A letter from the applicants employer/manager confirming the applicant’s status as technical staff
  5. A photograph of the nominee

The SETAC AU Council will appoint a selection committee to consider the nominations and make recommendations. No award shall be made if the selection committee considers there is no candidate of sufficient merit.

The recipient will receive AUD 1000 for registration and travel costs to the upcoming SETAC AU Conference.

Nominations should be emailed to the Secretary of SETAC AU (australasia@setac.org), by 27th March 2020. Late nominations cannot be considered.

SETAC AU World Congress General Member Travel Award

This award is for up to 3 non-student members to travel to the SETAC 8th World Congress in Singapore.  SETAC AU wants to encourage networking of our members with members of our parent Geographical Unit as well as our SETAC colleagues from across the globe.  The recipients of the award will be provided support for flights, accommodation and registration up to AUD 3,500 each.

Nominations must be emailed to the SETAC AU Secretary at australasia@setac.org by the 15 April 2020. Click here to find out more

Eligibility: Candidates must be current full members of SETAC AU and be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at SETAC 8th World Congress in Singapore. SETAC AU Executive Committee Members may not apply.

Applications will be considered against the following criteria:

  1. Overall contribution to Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Australasia over the last five years.
  2. Contributions by the way of research, teaching, policy development and/or application of environmental chemistry to industry.
  3. Significant works (e.g. industrial reports, patents, refereed research papers, etc.).
  4. Contributions to the SETAC community.
  5. National and international standing in the field of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

The selection committee will also give consideration to those whose contribution is not directly reflected by publications.

The nomination must include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A list of significant works. These may include industrial reports, patents, refereed research papers, other significant publications (e.g. books, review chapters), or conference papers.
  4. A statement of no longer than 750 words of the nominee’s contribution to environmental toxicology and/or chemistry in Australasia, addressing the criteria listed above.
  5. A brief statement explaining career interruptions if relevant.
  6. Disclose any potential existing funding sources available to attend the conference.
  7. A copy of their abstract for SETAC 8th World Congress in Singapore.
  8. A photograph of the nominee.

The SETAC AU Council will appoint a selection committee to consider the nominations and make recommendations. No award shall be made if the selection committee considers there is no candidate of sufficient merit.  The award winners will be required to submit a conference report to the SETAC AU newsletter Endpoint on their return.

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC AU Secretary (australasia@setac.org), by the 15th April 2020, with successful applicants expected to be notified before early bird registration closes.

Science Meets Parliament (SmP) Ambassador Award

What is SmP?

Science meets Parliament (SmP) is the major event hosted by Science & Technology Australia (STA). This event was first hosted in 1999 and takes place in Canberra in mid-March during non-election years. Science meets Parliament (SmP) brings together about 200 of Australia’s top scientists and puts them face to face with the decision makers in Canberra. Participants include parliamentarians, staffers, lobbyists and journalists plus scientists from all disciplines.

This setting provides scientists with the opportunity to interact with politicians, policy makers and the media and gives you an opportunity to look at your science from a different perspective. A range of topics are available including science in the media, the influence of science on policy making, the impact of science on Australia’s economy and environment and its understanding in the broader community.

Applications are currently closed. The next round is likely to open mid 2020, please come back then.