Ruby Payne-Scott Medal and Lecture for women in science

The call for nominations are currently closed

The Nominations for the 2022 award will open in early 2021

Award background and eligibility

The inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Medal and Lecture for women in science is a career medal that recognises researchers of the highest standing in the physical and/or biological sciences. Along with the Macfarlane Burnet and Matthew Flinders Medals, it is one of the most prestigious career awards of the Academy and honours Ruby Payne-Scott’s pioneering contribution to radiophysics and radio astronomy. The Lecture is given at an Annual General Meeting of the Academy and complements that of the other prestigious awards.

The award is made annually and is restricted to women researchers who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

Candidates and nominees may be non Fellows.

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

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.

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

If you need more information, please contact the Awards Officer at or phone +61 (0)2 6201 9407.


(Please submit your nominations using the Nominate button found on the left of this webpage)


The 2021 award round is the inaugural award round for this medal.

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