ISPR Awards


ISPR members are invited to nominate candidates, with a letter of support for the following ISPR Awards:

  • The Robin Hill Award
    This award was initiated in 1998 by the Society to honor the contributions of Robin Hill to photosynthesis research. It is a monetary award made for outstanding investigations into physical aspects of the photosynthetic process to a scientist who is under 40 years of age on January 1st of the year of the presentation, or is less than 10 years from the granting of the doctoral degree. It is accompanied by a small gratuity, sponsored by Springer.
  • The Melvin Calvin-Andrew Benson Award
    This award was initiated in 1998 by the Society to honor the contributions of Melvin Calvin and Andrew Benson to photosynthesis research. It is a monetary award made for outstanding investigations into metabolic and cellular aspects of the photosynthetic process to a scientist who is under 40 years of age on January 1st of the year of the presentation, or is less than 10 years from the granting of the doctoral degree. It is accompanied by a small gratuity, sponsored by Springer.
  • The ISPR Lifetime Achievement Award
    This award was initiated in 2003 by the Society to recognize exceptional career-long contributions to understanding the process of photosynthesis. This award confers life membership in the ISPR, and recognizes meritorious work in photosynthesis research to an individual who is at least 60 years old. It confers life-membership of ISPR.
  • The ISPR Communication Award
    This award was initiated in 2003 by the Society to recognize important service in communication and outreach to the general public on topics pertaining to photosynthesis. It confers life-membership of ISPR.
  • The ISPR Innovation Award
    This award will be made for the first time at PS07 in Glasgow. Recognising the potential for insights from photosynthesis to contribute to progress in fields ranging from solar energy to global climate change, ISPR wishes to encourage its members to explore innovative practical applications of their results. The Award will recognise outstanding achievement in the transfer of photosynthesis research to the benefit of society at large, enhancing the visibility of the discipline in the process. It is accompanied by a small gratuity, sponsored by LI-COR Biosciences.
  • The Jan Anderson Lecture Award: a travelling fellowship                  Officers of ISPR have approved a new award in recognition of personal achievement in photosynthesis research by early to mid-career researchers. Starting 2018, the biennial Jan Anderson Lecture Award will recognise outstanding achievements in structural aspects of photosynthesis research (in the broadest sense) within a period of not more than 20 years past the doctoral degree.  The award is designed to allow recipients to travel to and present their research at regional and international congresses in the year following the announcement of their selection.  They will be free to select and negotiate the venues for presentations but are expected to include ISPR-sponsored conferences that bring together scientists in both hemispheres, including the International Photosynthesis Congress or regional photosynthesis conferences in intervening years.  

    The Jan Anderson Lecture Award commemorates the contributions to photosynthesis research by Jan Anderson FAA, FRS (1932-2015).  A citizen of New Zealand and Australia, Jan acknowledged the seminal importance of international travel to her early career, which was subsequently sustained in Australia by collaborations with colleagues from the East and West.  The Award is supported by funds contributed to ISPR by her friends and colleagues in the hope that the biennial Award will stimulate collegial communication and interactions in research between International Congresses on Photosynthesis Research, the next being scheduled in Rotorua, New Zealand in 2020. 

    Members of ISPR are invited to nominate candidates for the inaugural award in 2018 to the ISPR secretary directly (julian.eaton-rye@otago.ac.nz) or through the ISPR Award Nomination form before 15 December 2017 . An international selection committee has been appointed and Wim Vermaas, ISPR President, expects to announce the successful recipient in February 2018.  Nomination guidelines can be found here.

To make a nomination, please login to the members section and complete the form on the ISPR Award Nominations page.

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