Organic Chemistry Division Awards
The Athel Beckwith Lectureship
The Organic Division of the royal Australian Chemical Institute 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 careers.
There is no age limit, however nominees must have been appointed to their first academic or industrial position (at least academic level B), within the seven years preceding the closing date for 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 the Beckwith Lectureship
The Lecturer will be expected to present a lecture in at least six state 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
The nomination should include a comprehensive CV and publication list as well as a supporting letter from the Head of the nominating institution. Each Department should nominate only one person. Nominations close on May 31 and the lecturer will be announced by June 30. The Division reserves the right not to make an appointment in any year.
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.
Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Organic Division and should include the following information.
• Name and Curriculum Vitae
• A concise statement of the nominee's contribution to research in organic chemistry in Australia
• A list of published research papers for the past 10 years: and of other publications (e.g. books, review chapters, etc) relevant to the advancement of organic chemistry, without time restriction.
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
A.J. Birch Medal
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
- 29 May 2013, WA
- 29 May 2013, VIC
- 5 June 2013, VIC