Outstanding Outreach Awards for early career ecologists

The extraordinary public communication efforts of young researchers are being recognised through an annual prize. The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and the Ecological Society of Australia have together called for applications from early career researchers for the prestigious ‘Outstanding Outreach Award’.

Citizen science macroinvertebrate project - collecting samples from a creek, Warrumbungles

Last year’s winners included scientists investigating how mammal mothers help determine the sex of their babies, ant navigation, interactions between predators and their prey, combining science and fine art, and reducing roadkill.

2015 winners included researchers studying fire ecology, invasive species, Powerful Owls, effects of urbanisation on spiders, pollinating insects, and non-invasive research methods for monitoring vertebrates.

There are six prizes in 2017, each comprising cash, a certificate, and recognition from the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Ecological Society of Australia. The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual conference in November.

The prizes are open to ecologists working in any part of Australia who are at an early stage in their career, including honours students, postgraduate students, practitioners, and academics.

The winners will undertake a citizen science project with school children.

A 2016 award winner, Marie Dade, a PhD student at the University of Queensland, said, ‘I am passionate about developing ecology-related projects for school students, and love being involved in scientific outreach. It’s a great way to communicate new ideas and discoveries to a wider audience, and encourage scientific thinking in students’

Apply now

For further information and to apply visit OEH/ESA Prize for Outstanding Outreach.

Applications close on 25 August 2017.