Gold Medals

The AINSE Gold Medal is awarded for excellence in research, based on publications over the last five years which acknowledge AINSE support. The AINSE Gold Medal may be awarded jointly to collaborating researchers and one medal is reserved for graduate students, including those who have recently completed their PhD projects. Nominees for awards are submitted to the AINSE Council by the Specialist Committees for consideration at the December meeting each year. Awards are usually presented in the following May at the time of the Council meeting, and at the presentation of the medal, Gold Medallists give an address on their research.



Nominations should be sent to the Scientific Secretary at AINSE before the 15th September

Download AINSE Gold Medal Nomination Form

The AINSE Council may award an AINSE Gold Medal for excellence in research according to the following criteria:

  1. The award shall be open to members and former members of the academic, scientific or technical staff of member institutions of AINSE, including post-doctoral research fellows, research assistants and students.
  2. Up to four AINSE medals may be awarded each year, of which one medal is reserved for graduate students, including those who have recently completed their projects.
  3. The AINSE Gold medal may be awarded jointly to collaborating researchers.
  4. The AINSE Gold medal shall be awarded for research excellence, including publications with emphasis on recent work which acknowledges AINSE.
  5. Nominations should be made to the Scientific Secretary of AINSE before 15 September by a member of the staff or member institution of AINSE and should include a short citation of achievement together with a list of appropriate publications and one copy of each publication.
  6. Nominations shall be assessed by the appropriate AINSE Specialist Committee, who shall advise the Executive Committee, which shall make recommendations for the award of AINSE Gold Medals to the last AINSE Council Meeting of the calendar year.


AINSE Gold Medal Awards

2018Dr Lydia Mackenzie, The University of Queensland (Student)May 2019
2015Professor Ian Gentle, The University of QueenslandDec 2016
2015Professor George Collins, Swinburne University of TechnologyDec 2016
2015Dr Emily Reynolds, The University of Sydney (Student)Dec 2016
2014Dr David Cortie, University of Wollongong (Student)2014
2014Dr Nisa Salim, Deakin University (Student)2014
2014Dr Robert Hayes, The University of Newcastle (Student)2014
2013Dr Joel Pedro, University of Tasmania (Student)2013
2013Dr Arthur Smith, The University of Queensland (Student)2013
2012Ms Kateryna Bazaka, James Cook University (Student)May 2012
2011Mr Mark Paskevicius, Curtin University (Student)May 2011
2010Mr Sharth Sriram, RMIT University (Student)May 2010
2009Mr Paul SainesJun 2009
2007Professor Stewart Campbell, University of New South WalesDec 2007
2007Mr Andrew Wroe, University of Wollongong (Student)Apr 2008
2006Mr John Daniels, Monash University (Student)Dec 2007
2005Dr Shane Kennedy, Bragg Institute, ANSTODec 2005
2004Mr Gianluca Paglia, Curtin University of Technology (Student)Dec 2004
2003A/Professor Brendan Kennedy, The University of SydneyMay 2003
2003Mr Iwan Cornelius, University of Wollongong (Student)Dec 2004
1999Professor Jim Camakaris, The University of MelbourneMay 2000
1999Mr Darren Goossens, Monash University (Student)May 2000
1998Prof Ian McDougall, The Australian National UniversityMay 1999
1998Mr Ismundar, The University of Sydney (Student)May 1999
1997Dr Trevor Hicks, Reader in Physics at Monash UniversityMay 1998
1997Ms Katrina Frankcombe, University of Tasmania (Student)May 1998
1996La Trobe University Fission Track Research Group led by Prof Andrew GleadowMay 1997
1996Mr Jarrod Martin, The University of New South Wales (Student)May 1997
1995Dr David Hill, Dr Peter Pomery, the late Professor James O’Donnell, The University of QueenslandMay 1996
1995Mr Scott Walker, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Student)May 1996
1994Professor Len Lindoy, James Cook UniversityDec 1995
1994Mr Xing Sheng Li, Curtin University (Student)Dec 1995
1993Professor Don Napper and Professor Bob Gilbert, The University of SydneyNov 1994
1992Professor Syd Haydon, University of New EnglandNov 1993