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ANSTO User Meeting Prizes & Awards

2019 Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal

This medal is named in honour of Dr Stephen Wilkins, a founder of synchrotron science in Australia.  It is awarded annually to the PhD student at an Australian or New Zealand University who is judged to have completed the most outstanding thesis of the past two years whose work was undertaken at and acknowledges the Australian Synchrotron, or the Australian National Beamline Facility (ANBF), or whose work acknowledges and was undertaken under the auspices of the International Synchrotron Access Program (ISAP) or the ASRP.

The medal and a monetary prize, funded by a bequest from the Wilkins family and the Australian Synchrotron, is awarded at a special session of the User Meeting.  The awardee will also usually give a presentation on their research at the meeting.

For more information on the Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal, please see here.

Student Poster Prize

This prize is awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the meeting.  The winner will be selected by a judging panel after reviewing student posters at the Poster Session on Monday, 2 December.  All student posters presented at the meeting are automatically eligible for this prize; there is no requirement to submit an application.

The prize for the best student poster is a travel bursary to attend an international conference.

Poster Slam

Students presenting during the Poster Slam will be eligible for prizes for best poster slam presentations.  While all poster presenters this year will be able to promote their poster at the Poster Slam, only students are eligible for the Student Poster Slam Prize.

Each poster presenter will:

  • Have a MAXIMUM of 1 minute to talk about the work contained in their poster.
  • Have a MAXIMUM of 1 (one) Powerpoint slide to aid their presentation.  Slides must be static (i.e. no animations are permitted) and be submitted to the Event organiser in advance.

Non-student poster presenters can also participate in the poster slam, but will not be eligible for the Student Poster Slam Prize.

More information will be made available to poster presenters once their abstract is accepted.

Australian Synchrotron Research Award (UAC)

For outstanding research performed at the Australian Synchrotron by a researcher with up to 10 years research experience post-PhD.

Awarded annually to a researcher with (as of November 31 of the relevant year) up to 10 years full-time equivalent career experience since graduating from their PhD (career interruptions will be considered). The awardee will have demonstrated significant research outcomes from the Australian Synchrotron evidenced by their publication record and international standing within their field.

The application will consist of a 1-application form with a 2-page CV. Self-nominations are allowed.

The award will consist of a certificate and travel support (up to $500) to attend the ANSTO User Meeting. The awardee must be available to present a talk on their research during a plenary session at the User Meeting.

Applications close Midnight Friday 20th September 2019 AEST.


ANBUG Outstanding PhD Prize 

For a PhD thesis on research using neutron scattering techniques.  The prize will be awarded at the ANSTO User Meeting 2019. The PhD thesis must have been submitted after 1st January 2018 to an Australian or New Zealand University.

Nominations for these awards are now open and should be submitted to the ANBUG Secretary (Andrew Clulow) by close of business on Friday 20th September 2019  for awards at the ANSTO User Meeting 2019 in Sydney on 2nd-3rd December 2019. The nomination form can be downloaded here.