THE Batterham Memorial Award is a prestigious award conferred and supported by the Australasian Pig Science Association in memory of the late Dr Ted Batterham, an internationally respected researcher who made major contributions to pig science in Australia and around the world.
Ted was a world-leading and respected scientist in the area of amino acid nutrition and played a significant role in mentoring the next generation of pig scientists over three decades. Since Ted’s passing in 1994, the APSA Committee has presented the award to 12 deserving recipients who have each used the prize to broaden their exposure to national or international pig science and further their professional development.
The 2017 recipient Dr Kate Plush, manager of Science, Technology and Adoption at SunPork Solutions, completed her PhD in 2014 and has a strong background in applied R&D. Kate used her award to complete the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program.
She is grateful for the opportunity in that it transformed the way she now thinks and acts across all aspects of her scientific career. She is more confident in setting strategic plans into motion and is not afraid to have the inevitable ‘difficult conversation’, making her a more confident and effective scientist and manager.
Scientists in the pig industry are encouraged to nominate for the 2019 Batterham Memorial Award.
They should articulate how they’ve delivered research outcomes to the Australasian pig industry and be able to demonstrate successful contributions through publications, collaboration and innovation in pig research and development.
To be eligible, nominees must be within 10 years of graduation at undergraduate level or within five years of completing Masters/PhD studies, or be a current postgraduate student. Nominees must also be a current financial member of APSA, be working in the pig industry or a related field and have not won the Batterham Memorial Award previously.
Nominations shall include an outline of the nominee’s contribution to pig science, how they would use the $5000 cash prize, their CV and a letter of nomination. The full list of criteria and how to apply can be found at apsa.asn.au/Awards/BatterhamAward.aspx
Nominations open August 12 and close September 30, 2019.
The winner will be announced at the conference dinner on Monday, November 18, 2019.