2018 Lorne Genome Conference

Awards


Lorne Genome Mid-Career Award: Millennium (Sponsored by Millennium Science)

The Lorne Genome Mid-career Science Award of $1000 is granted to a young researcher working in Australia with not more than 10 years postdoctoral research experience and acknowledges outstanding contributions to Australian genomic research, including novel analytical concepts. The winner receives the opportunity to give an oral presentation at the conference and $1000 from Millennium.

Past winners:

2000: John Mattick, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland
2001: Levon Khachigian, School of Pathology, University of NSW
2002: Merlin Crossley, Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney
2003: Hamish Scott, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
2004: Sean Grimmond, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
2005: Frank Greutzner, Comparitive Genomics Group, Australian National University
2006: Jeff Craig, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital
2007: No award given
2008: Ross Waller, University of Melbourne
2009: Stuart Macgregor, Queensland Institute of Medical Research,
2010: Lee Wong, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
2011: Luke Selth, University of Adelaide, Hanson Institute.
2012: Timothy Mercer, IMB, University of Queensland
2013: Rhys Allan, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
2014: Geoff Faulkner, Mater Medical Research Insitute
2015: Alicia Oshlack, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
2016: Alistair Forrest, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
2017: Ozren Bogdanovic, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Award applications will open on 2 October 2017. Deadline is 1 December 2017. Please email your application which needs to include your CV and not more than 2 page list of your publications and a brief description of your significant contributions secretariat.

Lorne Genome Mid-Career Award: Women in Science (Sponsored by Illumina)

This award is to recognize an early career scientist up to 10 years full-time equivalent (FTE) after their PhD, allowing for career interruptions where they have occurred. This award recognises excellence in science in the field of Genome Biology and will consist of a $1,000 cash prize and a certificate that will be presented at the Lorne Genome Conference. The winner is expected to attend the conference in the year of the award and give a presentation on their research. The Lorne Genome Conference Women in Science Award is open to female citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand.

Past winners:

2015: Marnie Blewitt, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
2016: Alyson Ashe, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney
2017: Irina Voineagu, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences University of NSW

Application for the 2018 award will open on 2 OctoberDeadline is 1 December 2017. Please email your application to the secretariat.

Lorne Genome ECR Award

The best ECR talk at the conference will receive a $500 cash award. Talks will be judged by the organising committee and selected audience participants.

Lorne Genome Student Award

The Lorne Genome Student Award (1 x $1000 award) is intended to encourage and reward research excellence in the field of genome biology. The winner receives the opportunity to give an oral presentation at the conference and $1000 from Promega.

Eligibility criteria for this award is as follows:

Research must have been conducted by the student at an Australian institution and form part of their PhD thesis. Applicants must be enrolled as a PhD student at the time of application. Student must be available to attend the conference and present their research as a talk in a suitable session. Applications need to be sent to the secretariat and should include an abstract and statement outlining the contribution of the applicant to the project.

Past Winners:

2008: Jon Burdach, UNSW
2009: Tennille Sibbritt, JCSMR, ANU
2010: Lorey Smith, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
2011: Sam Buckberry, Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide
2012: Farrah El-Saaffin, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
2013: Laura Norton, UNSW
2014: Katelyn Hayes, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
2015: Catheryn Lim, University of New South Wales
2016: Ksenia Skvortsova,  Garvan Institute of Medical Research
2017: Scott Ritchie, University of Melbourne

Application for the 2018 award will open on 2 OctoberDeadline is 1 December 2017. Please email your application to the secretariat.

Travel Award

Lorne Genome Student Travel Award

Students and early career post-docs (<5 years post PhD) who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting are eligible to apply for one of 10 Lorne Genome Travel Awards ($500 each). Please email the secretariat with your request for funding as well as a statement from your supervisor (including contact details) advising they support your application.

Application for the 2018 award will open on 2 OctoberDeadline is 1 December 2017. Please email your application to the secretariat.

Julian Wells Medal

jwellsmedalThe Julian Wells Medal and Lecture was established in recognition of the major contributions made by Julian Wells to the development of molecular biology in Australia, to the initiation and success of the Lorne Genome Conference and for his research in understanding genome organisation and function. Following his premature death in 1993, the Genome Conference resolved to commemorate Julian's contributions through the award of a bronze medallion and the presentation of a lecture at the Genome Conference.

Selection Criteria for the Julian Wells Medal:

The Julian Wells Medal is awarded annually to a scientist who:

Has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the organisation and expression of the genome. Has made a major contribution to the development of this field of research in Australia. Has supported and/or contributed to the Lorne Genome conference.

The focus of this award is on recognising the achievements of active scientists, rather than being a lifetime achievement award.

Past recipients:

1994: Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
1995: Rob Saint, Department of Genetics, University of Adelaide
1996: Grant Sutherland, Department of Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
1997: Simon Easteal, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
1998: Peter Koopman, Centre for Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Queensland
1999: Human Genome Conference in Brisbane, No Lorne Genome Conference
2000: Frances Shannon, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
2001: David Bowtell, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
2002: David Tremethick, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
2003: Susan Clark, Sydney Cancer Centre, University of Sydney
2004: Rob Richards, ARC Special Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development, University of Adelaide
2005: Richard Harvey, The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, St Vincent's Hospital
2006: Geoff McFadden, School of Botany, University of Melbourne
2007: Richard Sturm, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
2008: Emma Whitelaw,Queensland Institute of Medical Research
2009: John Mattick, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
2010: Merlin Crossley, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney
2011: Sean Grimmond, IMB, University of Queensland
2012: Jean Finnegan, CSIRO, Canberra
2013: Simon Foote, Macquarie University, NSW
2014: Thomas Preiss, John Curtain School of Medical Research, ACT
2015: Ross Hannan, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2017: Jenny Graves, University of Canberra

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The 2017 Julian Wells medal was awarded to Professor Jenny Graves.
The medal was presented by the president of Lorne Genome, Vincent Harley. A pioneer in the field of comparative genomics, Jenny has shaped our understanding of sex chromosome evolution through her studies of Australian mammals.