Applications are invited from early career weed scientists to attend national or international conferences, or for specific overseas study tours of a short duration. With travel restrictions in 2021 though, only travel within Australia and New Zealand will be considered for the 2021 round. The award is made available annually, or less frequently depending on the standard of the applications.
Applicants must have, at the date of application, completed their last degree (undergraduate, Master, PhD or other postgraduate degree) within the last five years. Applicants should also have commenced employment in any branch of weed science. The award is open to anyone residing in Australia or New Zealand, but members of Societies affiliated with CAWS may be given preference. The committee may at its discretion award more than one award for each category. The selection committee will mainly take into consideration the merits of the applicant and application, though some consideration may also be given to ensuring an equitable distribution of awards across Australasia. Current members of the executive committee of CAWS are eligible to apply, assuming they meet the criteria and are not involved with the selection process.
The value of this award is up to $2,000 per annum. This is not expected to cover the total cost of the conference or study tour being undertaken. It will therefore be necessary for an applicant to ensure that other funding is available. Applicants attending conferences are expected to give a presentation (oral paper or poster) at the conference and to submit an abstract of their paper with their application.
On return, successful applicants are expected to send a written report about their experiences to the CAWS secretary who will organise for the report to be placed on the CAWS website. The report will also be circulated by the secretary to CAWS committee members who may wish to use some or all of the report in their local society newsletters.
A completed application form should be submitted to the CAWS secretary by 1st April 2021 (which is an extension of 1 month from the usual closing date). The award will be made by 15th May for travel during the following 12 months. For 2021, due to Covid-19, only travel within Australasia (ie Australia and New Zealand) will be considered.
Please note that some member societies have travel awards available as well which applicants may wish to consider if they belong to the appropriate society. Click for links to travel regulations available from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand.
- Claire Wainwright [profile]
- None awarded
- Ronny Groenteman [profile] [travel report]
- Jenna Malone [profile] [travel report]
- Carol Rolando [profile] [travel report]