Awards & Programs

AWARDS

Indigenous Travel Grant

Are you an Indigenous Australian studying about or managing waterways, including wetlands or freshwater places? Would like to share your work and waterways knowledge with others?

The Australian Freshwater Science Society (AFSS) focuses on learning about and managing inland waters including wetlands, rivers and streams. Every year AFSS holds a conference to help the Australian community share knowledge about managing these freshwater places.

This grant is to help Indigenous Australians to attend the annual AFSS conference. The funding will fully or partially cover travel, accommodation, conference registration and membership to AFSS.

This is an opportunity to gain leadership skills, network with other wetland workers, share your knowledge, inspire others, learn from others, and see new places.

Conditions

To be eligible for the Indigenous Travel Grant you must:

  • Be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander living in Australia and enrolled at university or a vocational training provider, or be part of an Indigenous ranger program.

  • Give a presentation (either by yourself or with others) (12 minute talk + 3 minutes questions) or present a poster at the conference.


Process for application

To apply please provide:

  1. A written statement of 200 words describing the research, why it is important and the stage that has been reached.

  2. A statement (email or letter) by the student’s supervisor endorsing the application.

  3. An abstract of the paper that the applicant proposes to present to the Conference.


Contact

Applications must be lodged with the AFSS Secretary via ASN Events


Application deadline for the AFSS 2018 Conference: July 27th, 2018  

AFSS Student Travel Grant

Applications are invited from research students for travel assistance to attend and present a paper at the Annual Congress of the Australian Freshwater Science Society. The purpose of this assistance is to encourage students to present the results of their work in public. Students who are carrying out research in any branch of limnology for a higher degree are encouraged to apply.

Conditions

  • Applicants must be at least 50% part-time postgraduate students at any Australian university. There is no age limitation.

  • Applicants must have current financial membership of the AFSS.


Process for application

  • Applications must include a written statement of no more than 200 words describing the research, its significance and the stage that has been reached. This statement must be endorsed by the student’s supervisor.

  • An abstract of the paper that the applicant proposes to present to the Conference must also be included.


Assessment

A three member panel of AFSS members will assess the applications on the basis of:

  • Significance of the work.

  • Originality and soundness of the research.

  • The progress made and whether the stage has been reached where something useful can be presented. Ability to present a clear and concise statement of the study.


Contact

Applications must be lodged with the AFSS Secretary via ASN Events


Application deadline: July 27th, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE AUGUST 17, 2018

Bill Williams Travel Scholarship

Applications are invited from research students for financial assistance in the form of the Bill Williams Travel Scholarship (BWTS) to enable them to present a paper or poster at an overseas conference, symposium or workshop. Bill Williams was a founding member of the Australian Freshwater Sciences Society (the then Australian Society for Limnology), a leading pioneer of limnological research in Australia and widely known both inside and outside the country for his advocacy of the study of inland waters. He was very conscious of the need to encourage international exchange amongst limnologists, hence the inauguration of this scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable research students to present their work in an international forum.

Conditions

Applicants must be:

  1. Students who are carrying out research in any branch of limnology for a postgraduate degree (but not an Honours degree).

  2. Current postgraduate students at any Australian University or have submitted their thesis within 12 months of applying for the BWTS.

  3. Members of the AFSS for at least 12 months and have current financial membership.

  4. Prepared to acknowledge the scholarship in full in their presentation.


Process for application

  1. Include a written statement (no more than two A4 pages) describing your research, its significance, and the stage that has been reached. The statement must be endorsed by your supervisor, who should confirm the stage you have reached.

  2. Include an abstract of the paper that you propose to present.

  3. Attach your CV.

  4. Submit a budget indicating the various costs of your trip. This should indicate how the scholarship will be used and what other support you hope to obtain. The intention is that the scholarship will cover a substantial amount of your costs (e.g. airfares).

  5. Applications will only be accepted between December 1 (of the current year) and January 31 (of the subsequent year)


Assessment

A three member committee consisting of the AFSS President, the AFSS Treasurer and a representative of the Bill Williams Memorial Committee will assess the strength of your application, including:

  1. The significance, originality and soundness of the research

  2. The progress made and whether you have reached the stage where something useful can be presented.

  3. Your ability to present a clear and concise statement of the study.

  4. The rationale and support that your supervisor provides for the intended trip.

  5. The reasonableness of your budget.


Contact

Applications must be lodged with the AFSS Secretary via ASN Events


Application deadline: January 31st


Please note that selection for this award is competitive as the number of applications exceeds the available funds.

EARLY CAREER EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Early Career Excellence Award aims to reward and encourage excellence by an early career limnologist who has contributed substantially to Australian limnology and/or aquatic ecosystem management. "Early career" is defined broadly as < 10 years of involvement in a limnological career, and could be judged as commencing with postgraduate work in limnology or membership of AFSS.

Any early career researcher who is a member of AFSS may be nominated for the Award. Nominations may only be made by financial members of the Society and will hold for up to 3 years after nomination. The nomination must be in writing, confidential, and must be seconded by a financial member of the Society. Nominations must address the relevant selection criteria and a current copy of the nominee’s CV should be included to support the case if deemed appropriate. Each nomination will be assessed by a Committee of AFSS which is chaired by the President. An award is not necessarily made each year.

 

Background

At the ASL conference in Darwin in 2000, it was suggested that the society consider providing an award to encourage and reward ‘young achievers’ in the field of limnological excellence. The Award was made for the first time in 2002. The following guidelines were developed to maintain a consistent procedure for the Society for awarding the Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Early Career Excellence Award.

The Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Early Career Excellence Award aims to reward and encourage excellence by an early career limnologist who has contributed substantially to Australian limnology and/or aquatic ecosystem management. "Early career" is defined broadly as < 10 years of involvement in a limnological career, and could be judged as commencing with postgraduate work in limnology or membership of AFSS.


Guidelines

"Early career" is defined broadly as < 10 years of involvement in a limnological career, and could be judged as commencing with postgraduate work in limnology or membership of AFSS. This guideline would be applied at the discretion of the Committee but seeks to differentiate contenders from those for the AFSS Medal who are commonly more senior in their career.


Selection Criteria

  1. Current financial membership of AFSS;

  2. Evidence of professional limnological excellence, potentially including successful completion of a Masters or PhD thesis in limnology within the last 10-15 years;

  3. Tangible evidence of excellence represented by one or a combination of: high quality published papers or other scholarly media; substantial improvements in ‘on-ground’ water resource management; peer recognition by invitations to speak at congresses or to contribute to special session; overseas experience applied to Australian limnology; excellence in communication, extension and education in limnology.


Process of selection

The Panel, comprising at least three AFSS members, is chaired by the AFSS President who has the power to co-opt panel members as she or he sees fit. It is expected that at least one Panel member will be a previous winner of the Award. In establishing the Committee, there should be an appropriate balance in terms of gender, discipline and backgrounds of research/management, but must ultimately ensure that the Committee has experience in the judgment of limnological excellence. No one person should sit on the Committee for more than three years. A member of the Committee may not vote on a nomination where a conflict of interest is likely to occur. If the conflict of interest results in an inoperable Committee, the President (or nominee) is empowered to co-opt from the AFSS membership for the purposes of a decision on the nomination.

 

Panel Membership

The Panel, comprising at least three AFSS members, is chaired by the AFSS President who has the power to co-opt panel members as she or he sees fit. It is expected that at least one Panel member will be a previous winner of the Award. In establishing the Committee, there should be an appropriate balance in terms of gender, discipline and backgrounds of research/management, but must ultimately ensure that the Committee has experience in the judgment of limnological excellence. No one person should sit on the Committee for more than three years. A member of the Committee may not vote on a nomination where a conflict of interest is likely to occur. If the conflict of interest results in an inoperable Committee, the President (or nominee) is empowered to co-opt from the AFSS membership for the purposes of a decision on the nomination.


The Award

The Award will be a certificate and a financial prize whose value will be determined by the Panel in consultation with the Treasurer. The Award will be announced at the AGM of the AFSS during the annual conference and recognised on the Society’s website. The award winner will be asked to present the Christie Fellows Lecture at the following year’s AFSS conference.

An award is not necessarily made each year. Nominations for the Early Career Excellence Award are accepted at any time, but for the Award to be made for that year, the nomination should be made three months before the Conference.


Previous winners:

  • 2017: Dr Catherine Leigh

  • 2016: Dr Samantha Capon

  • 2014: Dr Jane Catford

  • 2013: Dr Sarina Loo

  • 2012: Dr Angus Webb

  • 2011: Dr Rebecca Lester

  • 2010: Dr David Crook

  • 2009: Dr Nick Bond

  • 2008: Dr Darren Ryder

  • 2007: Dr Chris Walsh

  • 2006: Dr Fran Sheldon

  • 2004: Dr Belinda Robson

  • 2003: Dr Ben Gawne

  • 2002: Dr Justin Brookes

THE AFSS LIMNOLOGY MEDAL (JOLLY AWARD)

Background

The Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Medal commemorates Hilary Jolly, a founding member of AFSS, and is presented to a person who in the opinion of the Society, has made an outstanding contribution to Australian Limnology. The AFSS Medal (formerly the Jolly Award) has become AFSS’s (and arguably Australia’s) most prestigious prize in limnology, considered by members to indicate overall scientific excellence and outstanding achievement.

Any person may be nominated for the Medal, but nominations may only be made by financial members of the Society. The nomination must be in writing and must be seconded by a financial member of the Society. Nominations must address the relevant selection criteria and a current copy of the nominee’s CV should be included if deemed appropriate. Each nomination will be assessed by a Committee of AFSS which is chaired by the President. An award is not necessarily made each year.

The full regulations governing the Medal are outlined below.

An award is not necessarily made each year. Nominations for the Medal are accepted at any time, but for the Medal to be made for that year, the nomination should be made three months before the Conference.


Guidelines

The following guidelines have been developed with a view to maintaining a consistent procedure for the Society for awarding the Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Medal.

Regulations concerning the structure and functioning of the AFSS Medal Committee.


Selection Criteria

The AFSS Medal will be awarded where an outstanding contribution to Australian limnology can be demonstrated by ANY OR ALL of the following:

  • RESEARCH EXCELLENCE: the nominee has displayed excellence in any of the fields of limnological research, as demonstrated by key research papers and publications, or significant technological advances

  • EDUCATION AND/OR COMMUNICATION EXCELLENCE: the nominee has played a significant role in the advancement and dissemination of limnological knowledge, where this has enhanced the knowledge of Australian aquatic systems in a variety of forums

  • MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE: the nominee has played a significant role in the protection of, conservation of, or management of Australia’s limnological resources, and has shown administrative excellence in dealing with limnological issues.

NB. While the terms 'excellent' and 'significant' are relative and open to interpretation, the spirit of the award should be that the person has shown leadership and influenced others to achieve. Further, that influence should be sustained over a number of years.

The Medal is not intended for administrative excellence and service to AFSS. These are more appropriately recognised by other awards, such as life membership of the Society.


Membership and meeting of the AFSS Medal Committee

  1. The Committee shall consist of three members: The President and two others selected by the Executive. In establishing the Committee, each new Executive should consider an appropriate balance in terms of gender, discipline and backgrounds of research/management, but must ultimately ensure that the Committee has experience in the judgement of limnological excellence. This may include previous recipients of the AFSS Medal (or Jolly Award). No one person should sit on the Committee for more than three years.

  2. The Committee should discuss the award at a meeting or by telephone or by email.

  3. The committee’s chairman will be the President (or nominee) and he/she will be responsible for organising the call for nominations, circulating nominations and arranging suitable meetings for the selection process. The AFSS Secretary will provide administrative assistance as required.

  4. The Committee will assess nominations and, where it deems that an award should be made, make recommendation(s) to the Executive, through the President, for final endorsement. A two-third’s majority is sufficient for the Committee to recommend that an award be made.

  5. A member of the Executive, or a member of the AFSS Medal Committee, may not vote on a nomination where a conflict of interest is likely to occur. If the conflict of interest results in an inoperable Committee, the President (or nominee) is empowered to co-opt from the AFSS membership for the purposes of a decision on the nomination.


Nominations

  1. Any person may be nominated for the AFSS Medal.

  2. Only financial members of the AFSS may nominate a person for the AFSS Medal. The nomination must be in writing and must be seconded by a financial member of the Society.

  3. Nominations must include a supporting statement addressing the relevant selection criteria and, if deemed appropriate, a current copy of the nominee’s CV.

  4. Assessed nominations will be valid for three years unless successful. Unassessed nominations (when the Committee has not been able to make a decision) will be forwarded to an incoming Committee.


Citation

The announcement of an award will be made at the annual conference and the awardee recognised on the Society’s website.


Previous winners:

A.Weatherley 1974 J.Imberger 1992 R.Norris 2010
I.A.Bayly 1975 K.Walker 1993 B. Downes 2011
W.D.Williams  1977 D.S.Mitchell 1995 B. Chessman 2012
J.S.Lake 1978 R.Shiel 1999 L. Barmuta 2013
P.A.Tyler 1979 R.Marchant 2001 F. Sheldon 2014
P.S.Lake 1980 B.V.Timms 2002 J. Chambers 2017
J.T.O.Kirk 1981 C.M.Finlayson 2003  A. Arthington 2018
B.T.Hart 1982 P.De Deckker 2004    
H.B.N.Hynes 1984 A.Boulton 2005    
G.Ganf 1985 J.Davis 2006    
P.Cullen 1988 S.Bunn 2007    
I.C.Campbell 1989 M.Brock 2008    
A.McComb 1991 T.Hillman 2009