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 MedalMid JanuaryLate March
SETAC AU Mid-Career MedalMid JanuaryLate March
SETAC AU National Travel FellowshipsMid AprilLate June
SETAC AU Science in Industry/Business AwardMid JanuaryLate March
SETAC AU Technical Staff AwardMid JanuaryLate March
Student AwardsApplications OpenApplications Due
SETAC AU Postgrad Research Publication AwardMid AprilLate June
SETAC AU Thesis PrizeMid AprilLate June
Science Technology Australia EventsExpressions of Interest OpenExpressions of Interest DueApproximate Event Date
Science meets ParliamentOctober/NovemberDecemberFebruary/March
Science meets BusinessJulyAugustOctober
Science meets PolicymakersAprilMayAugust

SETAC AU Early-Career Medal

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.

Applications are currently closed. The next round is likely to open in early 2018, please check back then.

SETAC AU Mid-Career Medal

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.

Applications are currently closed. The next round is likely to open in early 2018, please check back then.

SETAC AU National Travel Fellowships

One or two SETAC AU National Travel Fellowships are offered every year. The goal of these fellowships are to promote greater dissemination of environmental toxicology and chemistry knowledge and professional networks throughout Australasia, by providing travel support to the recipients to present seminars or technical workshops in Australasia.

Applications are currently closed. The next round is likely to open in April 2018, please check back then.

SETAC AU Science in Industry/Business Award

This award is to recognise SETAC AU members in the industry and business community (i.e. the private sector) who have demonstrated an integration of science and business in the area of environmental toxicology and chemistry.

Applications are currently closed. The next round is likely to open in early 2018, please check back then.

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.

Applications are currently closed. The next round is likely to open in early 2018, please check back then.

Science Meets Parliament (SmP) Ambassador Award

As a member society of STA, SETAC AU is able to nominate (up to) two delegates to attend Science meets Parliament. Typically one delegate will be a senior member and one will be early career, within 5 years of graduating the last degree (current PhD students are eligible). The nominated delegates will be awarded with complementary event registration (including the gala dinner), return economy airfares from the nearest capital city and accommodation.

Key dates:
Applications due: 15th December, 2017
Notification of successful applications: 21st December, 2017
Science meets Parliament event: 13-14 February, 2018

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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.

What to expect at SmP?

Firstly we will need confirmation from Science & Technology Australia (STA) that the event will proceed, as this is dependent on Parliamentary schedules. On day one, expect to get tips on how to successfully engage politicians and expand your professional development. Scientists get a feel for government policymaking by discussing policy material with lobbyists, parliamentary staffers, politicians and journalists, and become equipped with the knowledge, skills and networks that continue to serve them well into the future. In the evening, guests attend a formal dinner at the Great Hall in Parliament House On the second day of the event more than 100 formal meetings between small groups of scientists and individual parliamentarians occur.

What’s on offer?

As a member society of STA, SETAC AU is able to nominate (up to) two delegates to attend. Typically one delegate will be a senior member and one will be early career, within 5 years of graduating the last degree (current PhD students are eligible).

The nominated delegates will be awarded with complementary event registration (including the gala dinner), return economy airfares from the nearest capital city and accommodation.

Who should apply?

One of the main goals of the event is for the scientists to keep our parliamentarians informed on what we view as the big issues in our field. We encourage nominations from dynamic and motivated members who would like to fly the banner (no, not literally!) on behalf of our society and our disciplines, ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. Nominees may be from government, industry or academia, and with all levels of experience are welcome to apply. Previously successful applicants will not be considered.

How should you apply?

Nominees should have been a SETAC member for a minimum of 2 years. Please submit a 1 page CV and a cover letter briefly stating:

  • How attending the event will benefit you
  • Why you want to attend SmP as a SETAC AU representative
  • Any previous contributions that you may have made to SETAC AU

All applications must be electronic, and sent to australasia@setac.org. Council will establish a selection panel after all entries are submitted and conflicts of interest will be managed appropriately.

Key dates

Applications due: 15th December, 2017
Notification of successful applications: 21st December, 2017
Science meets Parliament event: 13-14 February, 2018

Further information

For more information on SmP 2018, visit the STA website.