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Organic Chemistry Division Awards

The Athel Beckwith Lectureship

The Organic Division of The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. has established an annual funded lectureship to allow outstanding, recently appointed, organic chemists to travel around Australia and present the results of their research work. The objective is to provide the Lecturer with the opportunity to achieve broader recognition and exposure at an early stage in their career.


There is no age limit, however nominees must have been appointed to their first academic or industrial position (at least academic level B or equivalent), within the five years preceding the closing date of nominations. Nominees should not have been invited to present a plenary lecture at an RACI Divisional Conference. Only in exceptional circumstances will individuals falling outside these bounds be considered.

Requirements of lectureship

The Lecturer will be expected to present a lecture in at least six state/territory capitals and/or major regional centres during the year of the lectureship. A brief report of the lecture series will be required. The lecture program will be developed in consultation with the selection committee, with final approval by the Chair of the Organic Division.

Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of $3,000 will be provided.


Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Organic Division (Dr John Tsanaktsidis, john.tsanaktsidis@csiro.au). Nominations close May 30, 2015. The recipient will be announced in June 2015.

Past Recipients

1998 - Robert Baker and Paul Savage (inaugural)
2002 - Steven Langford
2003 - Malcolm McLeod
2004 - Kate Jolliffe
2005 - Jason Smith and Spencer Williams
2006 - Mark Coster and Kellie Tuck
2007 - Peter Rutledge
2008 - Matthew Piggott
2009 - Danielle Skropeta and Fei Liu
2010 - Scott Stewart
2011 – David Lupton
2012 - Richard Payne
2013 - Keith Stubbs
​2014- Chris McErlean

The A. J. Birch Medal

The premier award of the Organic Chemistry Division of the RACI is the A. J. Birch Medal for excellence in organic chemical research conducted in Australia by a member of The RACI. One medal may be awarded at each National Meeting of the Division and the recipient shall normally be invited to present a paper to the National Meeting at which the award is made.

Past Recipients

1992 – Athel Beckwith and Les Field (inaugural)

1994 – Lew Mander
1996 - Michael Paddon-Row
1998 – Max Crossley
2000 – Chris Easton
2001 – John Bowie
2003 – David Black
2004 – Martin Banwell
2005 – Chris Strauss
2006 - Carl Schiesser
2008 – Michael Sherburn
2010 – Mark Rizzacasa
2012 - Steven Pyne
​2014- Curt Wentrup

Student Bursaries for Conference Travel

The Organic Division of the RACI is calling for applications for student bursaries to assist current RACI student members, who have been a member for at least1 year, with attendance at organic chemistry related conferences within Australia.

Bursaries of up to $250 will be provided for travel to conferences between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. To apply please send a CV, your RACI membership number, details of the conference to be attended and an abstract of your poster or oral presentation to:

Dr John Tsanaktsidis
CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship
Bayview Avenue
Clayton VIC 3169


Closing date: 5pm on Friday, 26 June 2015.