The Bob Robertson Award recognises outstanding contributions to the field of biophysics in Australia and New Zealand. The award was inaugurated at the 26th Annual ASB meeting in 2002 to commorate the contributions of Sir Rutherford (Bob) Robertson to the Society and to Australian science in general. In addition to his significant contributions to Plant Physiology, Sir Bob Robertson played an important role in the establishments of Australian science policies. During his career he was Chair of Botany at the University of Adelaide, a member of the executive of CSIRO and director of the Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU. One of his most significant contributions was the creation of the Australian Research Grants Committee (now the ARC) where he instituted a process for the competitive distribution of the funds. To see a list of past recipients and to find out more about the eligibility criteria and application procedure follow this link.
In 1995, the Society instituted an award for young investigators: the Young Biophysicist Award (YBA). Its purpose is to encourage members of the Society who were about to or had recently embarked on a career in biophysics, but there are no age restrictions. The award carries a cash prize of $500. Many recipients of the Young Biophysicist have become successful academics in Australia or overseas. To see a list of past recipients and to find out more about the eligibility criteria and application procedure follow this link.
Biophysicists are by nature innovative. Crossing the boundaries of many scientific fields, biophysics inherently calls for the development of new techniques, equipment and models. The McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics is designed to recognise true originality and innovation in the field of biophysics, rather than the use of existing techniques or applications. The award was set up by Prof. Hope and honours the contribution of Alexander Leicester McAulay, a Professor of Physics at the University of Tasmania and (almost certainly) Australia's first Biophysicist. To see a list of past recipients and to find out more about the eligibility criteria and application procedure follow this link.