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Each year, the Society makes a number of awards, mainly in the field of science.  They are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Australia and  are summarised below.  Full details for each award, including the procedure for nomination, may be found by clicking on the links below or on the relevant award name in the drop-down menu under the Awards menu.  A nominator does not need to be a member or fellow of the Society. 

Nominations for all awards close on 30 September of each year.

Archibald Ollé Prize

The Archibald Ollé Prize of $500 is given from time to time to the member of the Society who has submitted the best paper to the Society’s journal in any year.

The Clarke Medal

The Clarke Medal is awarded each year for distinguished research in the natural sciences conducted in the Australian Commonwealth and its territories. The recipient may be resident in Australia or elsewhere. The fields of geology, botany and zoology are considered in rotation and, for 2020, the medal will be awarded in Botany. 

Clarke Memorial Lecture

The Clarke Memorial Lecture is delivered each year by the most recent winner of the Clarke Medal.

Edgeworth David Medal

The Edgeworth David Medal is awarded each year for distinguished research by a young scientist under the age of 35 years for work undertaken mainly in Australia or for contributing to the advancement of Australian science.

History and Philosophy of Science Medal

The Society’s History and Philosophy of Science Medal is awarded each year to recognise outstanding achievement in the History and Philosophy of Science.

James Cook Medal

The James Cook Medal is awarded from time to time for outstanding contributions to both science and human welfare in and for the Southern Hemisphere.

Liversidge Lecture

The Liversidge lectureship is awarded biennially for research in chemistry.  The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).  The lecture will be published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Poggendorff Lecture

The Poggendorf Lecture is awarded every two to three years for research in plant biology and, more broadly, agriculture.

Pollock Memorial Lecture

The Pollock Memorial Lectureship has been awarded from time to time for research in physics.  It is jointly sponsored by the University of Sydney and the Society in memory of Professor J.A. Pollock, Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney (1899–1922) and a member of the Society for 35 years.

The Royal Society of New South Wales Citation

The Royal Society of New South Wales Citation is awarded to a Member or Fellow of the Society who has made significant contributions to the Society, but who has not been recognised in any other way. The Awards Committee considers nominations made by a Member or Fellow. A maximum of three Citations may be awarded in any one year.

The Royal Society of New South Wales Medal

The Society's Medal is awarded from time to time to a member of the Society who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of science, including administration and organisation of scientific endeavour and for services to the Society.

The Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships

Three scholarships of $500 plus and a complimentary year of membership of the Society are awarded each year in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers in any field of science.  Applicants must be enrolled as research students in a university in either NSW or the ACT (on 1st January of year of nomination). The winners will be expected submit a paper to the Society's Journal and to deliver a short presentation of their work at the general meeting of the Society in February of the year following their award.

Walter Burfitt Prize

The Walter Burfitt Prize consists of a bronze medal and $150, awarded every three years for research in pure or applied science, deemed to be of the highest scientific merit.  The winner must be a resident in Australia or New Zealand.  The papers and other contributions must have been published during the previous six years for research conducted mainly in these countries.  Nominations for the Walter Burfitt prize will next be sought in 2022.

Warren Prize (Lecture & Medal)

The Warren Prize, including a $500 prize, is awarded from time to time to an early- or mid-career researcher in engineering or technology whose work has achieved national or international significance.  The research must have originated or been conducted principally in New South Wales.  Application must include submission of an original paper for the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.  The paper should review the body of research conducted by the applicant and demonstrate its relevance across the spectrum of knowledge — science, art, literature, and philosophy — that the Society promotes.

Nominations

These prestigious awards for excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements.  

In 2021, nominations will be sought for the:
James Cook MedalClarke Medal and Memorial Lecture, Edgeworth David Medal, History and Philosophy of Science Medal, Pollock Memorial LectureWarren Prize, Archibald Ollé Prize, and the Royal Society of NSW Scholarships

Also, nominations will be sought for the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, each of which recognise substantive contributions by a Member or Fellow to the work of the Society.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards open on 1 July 2021 and close on 30 September 2021. 

For 2021, each application must be accompanied by a completed nomination form (available from 1 July 2021) and supply the specified information.    

Information about the Awards and instructions for making nominations, click on the Award name in the drop-down list under the “Awards” menu.

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