25-27 November 2015
National Centre for Synchrotron Science
Australia/Melbourne timezone

Prizes and Travel Grants


2015 Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal

This medal is named in honour of Dr Stephen Wilkins, a founder of synchrotron science in Australia.  It is awarded annually to the PhD student at an Australian or New Zealand University who is judged to have completed the most outstanding thesis of the past two years whose work was undertaken at and acknowledges the Australian Synchrotron, or the Australian National Beamline Facility (ANBF), or whose work acknowledges and was undertaken under the auspices of the International Synchrotron Access Program (ISAP) or the ASRP.

The medal and a monetary prize, funded by a bequest from the Wilkins family and the Australian Synchrotron, is awarded at a special session of the User Meeting.  The awardee will also usually give a presentation on their research at the meeting.

For more information on the Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal, please see here.

Student Poster Prize

This prize is awarded to the best poster presented at the meeting by a student undertaking research at an Australian university or research institute.  The winner will be selected by the Organising and Program Committees after reviewing student posters at the Poster Session(s).  All student poster presenters studying at an Australian university or research institute are automatically eligible for this prize; there is no requirement to submit an application.

The winning poster presenter is awarded a travel voucher to attend a synchrotron-related conference in the 12 months following the User Meeting. Participants should familiarise themselves with the Terms and Conditions. (Please note, this prize has previously been advertised as travel funding to attend the annual Cheiron School in Japan. Due to anticipated changes to the focus of the Cheiron School for 2016, we are no longer able to offer this.)

Student Poster Slam

The Student Poster Slam is a special session in which students are given the opportunity to present their posters to all delegates at the meeting, including the Poster Prize judges.

Held in the Oliphant Auditorium, the Poster Slam format encourages students to present their work effectively but succinctly in a fast-paced session.  Students should indicate their willingness to participate when submitting their abstract.

Each student poster presenter will:

  • Have a MAXIMUM of 1 (one) minute to talk about the work contained in their poster.
  • Have a MAXIMUM of 1 (one) Powerpoint slide to aid their presentation.  Slides must be static (i.e. no animations are permitted) and be submitted to the organisers in advance.

More information will be made available to student poster presenters once their abstract is accepted. Please note that places are limited to approximately 30 students and first priority will be given to eligible students who submitted their abstract by 20 July.

Some useful tips for student participants are available here.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants for students from New Zealand

The New Zealand Synchrotron Group (NZSG) will be making available 10 grants of up to NZ$1,500 each towards the travel and registration costs for New Zealand students to attend AOFSRR 2015 and User Meeting 2015.

The NZSG will call for applications in late August/early September. Applications should be made directly to the NZSG.

For more information, please email synchrotron@royalsociety.org.nz

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