Awards

The ASBMB maintains a number of awards to recognise excellence in Australian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Links to award winners and nomination/application forms for the various awards are provided below.

Deadline for various award nominations: October 31, 2016


ComBio2016 – ASBMB Student Bursary Applications

Each year ASBMB will consider applications by its student members to cover the cost of their registration for attendance at the ComBio conference. The total number of bursaries awarded will be subject to the availability of funding. The application form will be available in late May/early June.


The Lemberg Medal

The Lemberg Medal is awarded to a distinguished ASBMB member who will present the Lemberg Lecture at the ComBio meeting. The Medal is presented in memory of Emeritus Professor M.R. 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.

2016 Medallist:

Jane Visvader
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Past Medallists

Nom12017 Nomination Form

 


The Merck Research Medal

The Merck 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 Merck Medal Lecture at the ComBio meeting. 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 Merck Pty Ltd.

2016 Medallist:

Brett Collins
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
University of Queensland

Past Medallists

Nom12017 Nomination Form

 


The LabGear Australia Discovery Science Award

The LabGear Australia Discovery Science Award is awarded to an ASBMB member for distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. The nominee should demonstrate involvement in research innovation, technology transfer, and communication. The Award is intended as a Travelling Lectureship to enable the awardee to present his/her work at a number of centres within Australia and New Zealand. The awardee will also present a Symposium talk at the ComBio meeting. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Award nomination is to be considered. The award carries an honorarium to cover the travelling expenses, provided through the courtesy of LabGear Australia.

2016 Awardee:

Joel Mackay
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Sydney

Past Awardees

Nom12017 Beckman Coulter Discovery Science Award Nomination Form

 


The Beckman Coulter Education Award

The Beckman Coulter 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 ComBio meeting. 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 by Beckman Coulter.

2016 Awardee:

Giovanna Di Trapani
School of Natural Sciences
Griffith University

Past Awardees

Nom12017 Shimadzu Education Award Nomination Form

 


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 ComBio meeting 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 ComBio, 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, and be no more than 7 years since the award of their PhD. The contribution to travel expenses is provided by ASBMB.

2015 Awardee:

Mitchell O’Connell
University of California, Berkeley

Past Awardees

Nom12017 Nomination Form

 


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

2016 Awardee:

Michelle Dunstone
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Monash University

Past Awardees

Nom12017 Nomination Form

 


The Bioplatforms Australia Award

The Bioplatforms Australia Award is awarded to a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience working in the field of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics or relevant bioinformatics. The award is based on recognition of outstanding research and the potential to carry out independent research. Preference is given to those setting up an independent laboratory for the first time. The Award provides $10,000 worth of access to the services provided by nodes of Bioplatforms Australia. 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.

2016 Awardee:

Yit-Heng Chooi
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Western Australia

Past Awardees

Nom12017 Nomination Form

 


ASBMB Fellowships

Approximately four 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. Please click here to read about Fred Collins.

2016 ASBMB Fellowship Winners:

Past Fellowship Winners

Nom12017 Nomination Form

 


Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)/ Biochemical Society (UK) (BS) Travel Award

ASBMB and BS have close ties and have established travel awards to enable Early Career (within 5 years of the award of Ph.D.) members of the Societies to attend each other’s meetings. There will be two awards per year available to ASBMB members, applications for one award will be called for in March/April to attend a Biochemical Society meeting to be held in the following August to January and the other in September/October to attend a Biochemical Society meeting to be held in the following February to July.

Each award will be a contribution of the sum of $1500 towards travel expenses to attend one of the Biochemical Society meetings in the U.K., plus free registration at the meeting.

Applicants for the awards must have been members of ASBMB for at least 12 months prior to this application and be within 5 years of the award of their Ph.D. Supporters must have been members of ASBMB for at least 2 years.

2016 Nomination Form.


Australian Academy of Science Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship

(This Award is offered by the Australian Academy of Science and sponsored by the ASBMB. It is not to be confused with the ASBMB’s Lemberg Medal).

The Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship commemorates the contributions of Professor M.R. Lemberg, FAA, FRS to science in Australia. Professor Lemberg was the Society’s first President. The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable either Australian or overseas scientists of standing to visit Australian scientific centres and to deliver lectures. The Lemberg Fellow may be drawn from any field of biology but special consideration will be given to those areas in which Professor Lemberg had an especial interest, namely biochemistry, conservation and the Australian flora. A sum of up to $10000 as a contribution towards overseas and domestic airfares is provided.

More details and nomination forms from www.science.org.au/awards/lemberg.htm