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Zillman Medal


An award for distinguished contributions to research over an extended period. There are many ways in which members may contribute to the Society. A distinguished research contribution is one of the important paths. This award is intended to give recognition to the fact that learned societies will never flourish without the dedicated effort of a significant number of its members who contribute willingly and over time to the Society’s goals. Accordingly, recognition of a long and substantial learned research contribution together with a record of contribution to the Society through the promotion of its aims is the intention of this award. This award is aimed at scientists in their mature years who have carried out most of their research in Australia, and have made a significant contribution with a record of innovative and transformative research. The Award would comprise a certificate but will not include a cash component. It is offered every second (odd) year.


2017: Michael Reeder, Monash University

Nominations and eligibility

The nomination must address the selection criteria below, include a CV, and no more than three letters of reference that also address the selection criteria. Nominators should be aware of the AMOS Code of Conduct, which promotes diversity of membership and discipline when making nominations. The Awards 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.


  1. Nominees for this Award will be assessed on their research record, rather than their contributions through leadership and/or mentoring. The Morton Medal has been constructed specifically to celebrate achievements relating to leadership and/or mentoring
  2. Nominees for this award will be assessed on their research contributions over their entire career, rather than for a single specific research contribution, or for over a short period. Other AMOS awards focus on research performance over shorter periods of time
  3. Equal weight will be given to all of the Selection Criteria
  4. This Award will be given every odd year.
  5. See the main Awards page for other eligibility requirements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Evidence of a substantial contribution to scholarship through long term achievement in research carried out mainly in Australia,
  2. Innovative and transformative achievements in research over a nominee’s entire career which have made a substantial contribution to the understanding of sciences relevant to the Society, and in the scholarly published literature,
  3. Evidence of service to the promotion of the AMOS mission.  This could include a period of service on AMOS Council as a Member or Office Bearer, and/or service on and promotion of AMOS through Centre Committees and Centre activities, and / or contribution to AMOS activities including organisation of the National Conferences, and /or editorial support for the Society’s journal, preparation of AMOS position papers etc for public or political dissemination or outreach etc.

Sub-Committee for this Award

Matthew Wheeler (Chair)
Lisa Alexander
James Risbey
Neil Holbrook

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