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Meyers Medal

Biennial award to acknowledge high-quality and innovative contributions by young researchers in the early stages of their academic career to the sciences covered by AMOS

This award recognises the profound contributions of Dr Gary Meyers to oceanographic and climate research of the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans, and to the establishment of key collaborative projects between Australian and international agencies. The award is to acknowledge high-quality and innovative contributions by young researchers in the early stages of their academic career to the sciences covered by AMOS. The awardee should have demonstrated success as part of a research higher degree (PhD or Masters by research), as well as a record of high-quality research in the period after completing formal university training. This award will normally be given to scientists no older than 32 years old, but this age limit may be modified to take into account career interruptions. This age criterion is intended to preclude someone from being eligible who completed a PhD later in life and who had a “flying start” through a long period of successful research in the atmospheric sciences and oceanography prior to completing the PhD. Such individuals are eligible for other AMOS awards.

Read more about Gary Meyers.

The Meyers Medal is given every even year.


The award comprises a medal, a $500 cash component and a complimentary registration to attend an AMOS Conference.


At the time of nomination the nominee normally should be no older than 32 years of age, but career changes and interruptions (e.g., parental responsibilities, serious illness etc.) will be taken into account when considering eligibility.

Nomination process

Any AMOS scientist may make a nomination. The nomination package must include:

  • A nomination letter of no more than 2 pages addressing the selection criteria
  • An accompanying brief CV of the nominee of no more than 2 pages
  • Up to three letters of support addressing the selection criteria, each no longer than 2 pages

The total maximum length of the nomination package should not exceed 10 pages. Nominations should not include separate publication lists or copies of published papers. Nominators should be aware of the AMOS Code of Conduct, which promotes diversity of membership and discipline when making nominations. The Award Sub-Committee has limited ability to seek additional information and therefore nomination documents must be complete and provide a full and fair account of each candidate.

Selection criteria

The awardee should:

  1. at the time of nomination, hold a research degree from a university at MSc or PhD level;
  2. have a CV that reflects that significant research productivity was achieved during the supervised higher degree program;
  3. have a CV that reflects particularly well on a short but productive post-PhD period at an Australian institution where ideally some level of individual initiative is evident in the direction of the research and the achievement of goals; and
  4. be acknowledged and endorsed by referees for the energetic research effort, enthusiasm for the field and professional / ethical conduct; and
  5. have provided service to the promotion of the AMOS mission, e.g. through a period of service on AMOS Council as a Member or Office Bearer, service on and promotion of AMOS through Centre Committees and Centre activities, contribution to AMOS activities including organisation of the National Conferences, editorial support for the Society’s journal, preparation of AMOS position papers for public or political dissemination or outreach, etc.

Equal weight is given to each of the selection criteria.


2014 – Sophie Lewis, Australian National University
2016 – Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick, University of New South Wales
2018 – Adele Morrison, Australian National University
2020 – Acacia Pepler, Bureau of Meteorology

Award sub-committee

Tom Beer (Chair)
Adele Morrison
Milton Speer

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