The ASBMB maintains a number of awards to recognise excellence in Australian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The ASBMB strongly encourages the nomination of female candidates.
For information on how to apply, please visit the Nominations page.
The Lemberg Medal
The Lemberg Medal is awarded to a distinguished ASBMB member who will present the Lemberg Lecture at the ASBMB annual conference. The Medal is presented in memory of Emeritus Professor MR Lemberg who was the Society’s first President and Honorary Member. The award will be made to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in biochemistry and molecular biology and who has made significant contributions to the scientific community. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 5 years before the year in which the Medal nomination is to be considered. An honorarium is provided by ASBMB.
The Shimadzu Research Medal
The Shimadzu Research Medal is awarded to an outstanding Australian biochemist or molecular biologist with less than 15 years postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will present the Shimadzu Medal Lecture at the ASBMB annual conference. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Medal nomination is to be considered. An honorarium is provided through the courtesy of Shimadzu.
The SDR Scientific Education Award
The SDR Scientific Education Award rewards outstanding achievement in education in biochemistry or molecular biology, especially innovation and creativity in education, with a view to fostering leadership in this important area of the Society’s objectives. The Award will enable the recipient to participate in an international conference with a significant focus on education, or to spend a period of time at another institution (in Australia or overseas) for the purposes of undertaking developments in education in biochemistry and molecular biology. The recipient will present a lecture within the Education Symposium at the ASBMB annual conference. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Award application is to be considered. The contribution to travel expenses is provided through the courtesy of SDR Scientific.
The Eppendorf Edman Award
The Eppendorf Edman Award is awarded to a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience, in recognition of their outstanding research work. The Award provides funds to assist the recipient to attend an overseas conference in a field associated with biochemistry or molecular biology or to visit briefly a research laboratory in Australia or elsewhere to access specialised equipment or to learn new research techniques. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 12 months before the year in which the Award application is to be considered. The contribution to travel expenses is provided by Eppendorf South Pacific.
The Boomerang Award
The Boomerang Award is offered to an outstanding expatriate Australian biochemist or molecular biologist to provide an opportunity to return to Australia to present their work in a Symposium at the annual ASBMB conference and to give seminars at universities or research institutes in at least one other Australian city. The Award is intended to provide the awardee with exposure in Australia and to facilitate interactions with local researchers. The Award will include free registration at the annual ASBMB conference, and make significant contributions to travel and accommodation expenses. Applicants must have been a member of a recognised Australian scientific society for at least 2 years, or must have taken out a 3 year membership in the year of the application, and awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the closing date (or equivalent taking any career disruption into account). The contribution to travel expenses is provided by ASBMB.
Up to five ASBMB Fellowships are awarded annually to biochemists or molecular biologists, each of whom is at least in the second year of PhD training and not more than 2 years subsequent to the award of the PhD degree, and normally resident in Australia, in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of biochemistry or molecular biology. Applicants must be members of the Society with at least 1 year of membership immediately prior to the application. The fellowships provide funds to assist each recipient to attend an overseas conference in a field associated with biochemistry or molecular biology or to visit briefly research laboratories in Australia or overseas to learn new research techniques. Each recipient will receive complimentary registration (Collins Bursary) for the annual conference of the Society, thus wherever possible, fellowship recipients shall attend the annual conference of the Society where their fellowship will be awarded. Each recipient shall provide the Editor with a report of the overseas conference attended or the work accomplished, for publication in the Australian Biochemist. Funding for the fellowships is provided by ASBMB. In each year one such ASBMB Fellowship, designated the Fred Collins Award, may be granted for exceptionally strong research work by an applicant. Click here to read about Fred Collins.