Awards Sub-Committee of APPS
APPS has three awards which recognize special contributions of
members. Nominees for each award are nominated by a proposer and
seconder who are members of APPS, and submitted to the President of
APPS. Nominations close 16 weeks before the next biennial conference
so that the presentations can be made at a general meeting of the
society normally held at its Biennial Conference. The Management
Committee may appoint a subcommittee to assess nominations.
Nominations are to be submitted without the knowledge of the
nominee, and all evaluations and decisions will remain confidential.
While the number of nominations received is not limited, the
Management Committee reserves the right to determine the suitability
of any nominee for the selected award.
The three categories of award are listed below. The rules defining
them are available either in the constitution of APPS or APPSnet.org.
Preparation of Nominations
Nominations should be prepared as follows and submitted as a PDF
document to the Chair Awards Sub Committee, Mike Pearson,
before the closing date.
A cover letter of less than one page with the name of the award
for which the nomination is made, and the names of the candidate,
proposer and seconder. It can outline contributions not given in the
A nomination statement of less than 1,000 words that highlights
the contributions of the candidate in relation to the requirements
of the selected award. Include the candidate’s name, place of birth,
degrees, institutions and years granted, as well as current
position. This statement should emphasise the relevance and impact
of the candidates contributions to the advancement of science and
A ~150-word abstract of the nomination statement for use in an
A Curriculum Vitae of less than two pages.
A complete list of publications. The list should be separated
into the following categories, with most recent publications first.
Abstracts and manuscripts not yet accepted should NOT be included.
Any additional documentation as specified for the particular
Award as described below.
DESCRIPTIONS OF AWARDS AND SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Distinguished Service Award
Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are selected on
the basis of an outstanding contribution to the Society while
also furthering the science of plant pathology.
This award is the equivalent of the previous Honorary Member
Award which has been renamed to more accurately indicate that
the recipient has made an outstanding contribution to APPS
through service, teaching, extension, office-holding or other
activity which can be considered to be beyond the normal
expectations of their employment or duties.
Fellows of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society
This award honours the scientific achievements of members. This
can be interpreted to mean that a nominee has made original
discoveries in one or more areas of plant pathology and that
their work has been peer reviewed as shown by their list of
publications. Text books, reviews, grant income and community
service can be considered in addition to scientific publication
but in themselves are not of sufficient status for an award to
be made. To allow comparison and selection of candidates to be
simplified, proposers and seconders must describe the nominee’s
contributions to the science of plant pathology, list 10 of
their most significant papers, and provide electronic (.pdf)
versions of 5 of these. Where a nominee is not the first author
of any paper, it is suggested that their role in completing the
study be indicated.
Lester Burgess Award in Diagnostics and Extension or
This award, in the form of a medal and citation, is designed to
recognize exceptional contributions in the fields of diagnostics
and extension or research communication. An award can be made to
an individual or group (team). It is envisaged that successful
nominees will have made exceptional contributions in one or more
of these fields over a significant period of their career(s).
While a significant publication record is desirable the primary focus of the award is on
contributions to the diagnosis of plant diseases in public or
private laboratories, extension to clients in field crops and
horticultural industries as well as in forestry, natural
ecosystems, and amenity plants, or research communication to
such clients and the general community as public or private
advisors. The inscriptions on the medal would read ‘Diagnostics
and Extension’ or ‘Research Communication’ as appropriate.
Awards would be presented at the APPS Conference and more than
one award could be made at each conference. No award would be
made if no suitable nomination was received.
Guidelines for Nominations
A letter of nomination signed by two nominators should be
submitted summarizing an attached portfolio of information
containing details of the case for the award. The letter should
highlight the contributions that form the basis for the
nomination. The nominators and nominees must be members of the
Society. The nomination should be strictly confidential to the
nominators and Awards Sub-Committee, and the President.
The portfolio should include the following:
2.1 Four letters of support from clients and/or industry
bodies with brief details of the measurable impact of the
nominee’s work on their activities (operations).
2.2 Appropriate examples of extension materials (submitted
in digital form) or reference to such materials on websites.
Such examples could include some materials prepared by a team
where the nomination is for an individual.
2.3 Details of citations or award(s) that the nominated
individual or team has received from industry groups, research
and development agencies, (or for which they have been
nominated), or similar examples that demonstrate exceptional
contributions. It is recognized that such awards may not be
available to nominees working in some sectors.
2.4 Other information that the nominators consider
supports the case for nomination.
Australasian Plant Pathology Society’s Allen Kerr
This award is known as the Australasian Plant Pathology
Society's Allen Kerr Postgraduate Prize in recognition of the
outstanding contribution made by Allen Kerr AO to the field of
plant pathology. The Allen Kerr Postgraduate Prize is awarded by
the Society for the best piece of original research relevant to
Australasia by a postgraduate student in the field of plant
pathology. The prize is normally awarded on the basis of
publication in a refereed journal(s).
Only candidates who are financial members of the Society at
the time of nomination will be eligible for the award.
Candidates must have completed the research not more than
five years previous to the closing date for nominations. The
same piece of work cannot be considered twice for the award.
The prize consists of a medal inscribed with the name of the
recipient, a certificate, and $500 cash. One prize is available
for each 2 year period, hence the prize is highly competitive.
While attendance at the Conference when the prize will be
presented is desirable, it is not obligatory for award of the
Candidates are normally nominated by a supervisor, but
non-supervisors may also nominate candidates. Nominators have to
be Members of the Society. Candidates may not nominate
Nominations are submitted on an official nomination form (AKP_Form
An electronic (.pdf) version of the completed form, together
with electronic (.pdf) versions of thesis and published material
must be submitted.