Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture


The call for nominations is currently open

Closing date

June 01 2024 - 11:59 PM AEST

Nominations for the 2025 round have been extended to 1 June 2024.

Nominations for the 2027 round will open in February 2026.

Award background and eligibility

The Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture is a career award that recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the physical sciences, and honours the contributions of Australia's early scientific researchers. Along with the Macfarlane Burnet and Ruby Payne-Scott Medals, it is one of the most prestigious career awards of the Academy.

Nominated candidates should normally be resident in Australia.

Candidates and nominators may be non Fellows.

As a Premier Award, this award is one of the Academy’s most prestigious awards recognising researchers of the highest standing over a career of whatever length.

This award is open to nominations for candidates from all genders. The Australian Academy of Science encourages nominations of female candidates and of candidates from a broad geographical distribution.

Referee reports are not required as part of the nomination process for this award.

To be eligible for nomination an appropriate period of time should elapse following the receipt of any other Academy award.


Please submit your nominations using the Nominate button found on the left of this web page.

Please note: From February 2024, the Academy is using a new nomination platform that is external to the main Academy site. Nominators will be required to create an account on the platform. Even if you are familiar with the nomination process, please allow extra time to familiarise yourself with the new platform.

If you need more information, please contact the Awards Officer at or phone +61 (0)2 6201 9467.


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