Sunset over the Iwassaki Wetlands

10th Queensland Weed Symposium,
July 2009


Postal Address:

Weed Society of Queensland Inc.
PO Box 18095
Clifford Gardens
QLD 4350

Awards and Grants
Conditions, Timing and General Considerations

The Weed Society of Queensland (WSQ) aims to foster interest and involvement in weed and pest animal science and management by granting funds to assist individuals or groups to conduct activities or attend conferences, symposia, etc. WSQ also seeks to recognise achievement in weed and pest animal science and management through several awards.

Details of the various awards and grants are given below. All awards and grants presented or committed in the previous year will be detailed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the WSQ.

The total value of all awards, grants and sponsorships will not exceed $10,000 in any one financial year.

The WSQ executive may decide not to call for, or grant, any funds in any particular financial year.

In the event no sufficiently meritorious submissions are received for any award, no award will be made.

List of Awards and Grants

Weed Society of Queensland Award

Purpose

This prestigious award is given by the WSQ to an individual for their outstanding service and contribution to weed or pest animal science and/or management.

The service or contribution may be in the form of:

  • a significant addition to existing knowledge
  • a new concept in management technique
  • dedication over time to the cause of weed or pest animal science or management

Eligibility

The award is open to both members and non-members of the WSQ, however only members may make nominations. 

Selection

The executive shall call for nominations one year prior to the Queensland Weeds Symposium (QWS) or Queensland Pest Animal Symposium (QPAS) and nominations, together with relevant supporting details, must be submitted to the WSQ Secretary six months prior to the QWS or QPAS. Nominations shall be signed by five financial members of the WSQ.

A committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and longest-serving CAWS delegate will assess the nominations and the recipient will be announced, and the award presented, at the next QWS or QPAS dinner.

The Award

The award may comprise any object that can have a suitably inscribed plaque mounted on it for display. The inscription may change according to reason for the award. The total value of the award shall not exceed $120.

The WSQ may invite the recipient to give an oration at a suitable event in the following year. The WSQ will meet reasonable travel expenses to assist the recipient attend the presentation and/or give an oration.

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George N. Batianoff Award for Team Excellence

The George N. Batianoff Award for team excellence in weed management is a prestigious biennial award to honour the hard work, achievements, and contribution of George Batianoff to the study of invasive and weedy plants in Queensland.

Purpose

To recognise and reward any project, ongoing or completed in the last two years, that has, or is, achieving exceptional results in on-ground weed management and has, or is, delivering an outstanding contribution to weed management in Queensland. 

The contribution may be in the form of:

  • a significant addition to existing knowledge;
  • a significant contribution to increasing stakeholder awareness of weeds and/or weed management;
  • an innovative or outstanding weed project;
  • a new concept in weed management planning or techniques or standards;
  • establishing collaborative and cooperative weed management;
  • consistently achieving outstanding on-ground outcomes.

 Eligibility

The award is open to weed management teams in Queensland. The team may consist of WSQ members and non-members, however only WSQ members may make nominations.

A team is a group of interacting individuals sharing a common goal and the responsibility for achieving it. The team may be made up of individuals from one or more organisations.

Selection

The executive shall call for nominations 12 months prior to the Queensland Weeds Symposium (QWS) and nominations, together with relevant supporting details, must be submitted to the WSQ Secretary six months prior to the QWS. Nominations shall be signed by five financial members of the WSQ.

A committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and longest-serving CAWS delegate will assess the nominations.

The award will be presented at the next QWS dinner. At the same QWS dinner a representative of the team will be invited to give a presentation and the WSQ will meet reasonable travel expenses to assist the representative to attend. Three months notice will be given to the team prior to the QWS dinner to allow a representative to prepare a presentation. 

The Award

The team will have their name engraved on the 'The George N. Batianoff Award' perpetual trophy and may display the perpetual trophy at their place of business until the next Queensland Weeds Symposium.

The team will also receive a book prize and each team member will receive a small trophy as part of the award.

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Queensland Pest Animal Team Award.

The “Queensland Pest Animal Team Award” award for team excellence in pest animal management is a prestigious biennial award to honour the hard work, achievements, contribution and collaboration in the management of pest animals in Queensland.

Purpose

To recognise and reward any project, ongoing or completed in the last two years, that has, or is, achieving exceptional results in on-ground pest animal management and has, or is, delivering an outstanding contribution to pest animal management in Queensland.

The contribution may be in the form of:

  • a significant addition to existing knowledge;
  • a significant contribution to increasing stakeholder awareness of pest animals and/or pest animal management;
  • an innovative or outstanding pest animal project;
  • a new concept in pest animal management planning or techniques or standards;
  • establishing collaborative and cooperative pest animal management;
  • consistently achieving outstanding on-ground outcomes.

Eligibility

The award is open to pest animal management teams in Queensland. The team may consist of WSQ members and non-members, however only financial members of the WSQ may make nominations.

A team is a group of interacting individuals sharing a common goal and the responsibility for achieving it. The team may be made up of individuals from one or more organisations.

Selection

The executive shall call for nominations 12 months prior to the Queensland Pest Animal Symposium (QPAS) and nominations, together with relevant supporting details, must be submitted to the WSQ Secretary six months prior to the QPAS. Nominations shall be signed by five financial members of the WSQ.

A committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and PAB representative will assess the nominations.

The award will be presented at the next QPAS dinner. At the same QPAS dinner a representative of the team will be invited to give a presentation and the WSQ will meet reasonable travel expenses to assist the representative to attend. Three months notice will be given to prior to the QPAS dinner to allow the representative to prepare a presentation and make preparations to attend.

The Award

The team will have their name engraved on the Queensland Pest Animal Team Award perpetual trophy and may display the perpetual trophy at their place of business until the next QPAS.

The team will also receive a book prize and each team member will receive a small trophy as part of the award.

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General Activity Sponsorships

Purpose

The WSQ may grant funds to other groups or individuals, to assist activities such as field days, literature publication, and the promotion of weed and/or pest animal science or management.

Eligibility

The WSQ will fund individuals or groups with obvious and demonstrated commitment to promotion of weed and pest animal science and /or management. We will focus on activities that result in wider appreciation and activity by the general community in weed and pest animal management issues.

Selection

Applications for funds and may be made at any time throughout the year. The application should be brief but contain all relevant details of how the sponsorship funds will be spent. Application forms are available from secretary@wsq.org.au.

The WSQ Executive will assess all applications and shall decide if, and what, funds are to be granted. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the assessment as soon as possible after an application is received.

The Award

The total WSQ general activity sponsorship for a financial year is not to exceed $2,000. We will generally limit funds granted to any individual application to around $500, with amounts of more than $1,000 only provided in exceptional circumstances.

We will only make funds available after receipt of specific evidence that the planned activity is well progressed, and completion is assured (to the best knowledge of all concerned).

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Student Project Award

Purpose

The WSQ Student Project Award was created to promote both education and interest in weeds, pest animals and weed and pest animal science in Queensland, and will be made to the best student projects in this field.

There are two annual awards each for weeds and pest animals, one for undergraduate degree or diploma students, and the other for post-graduate students.

Eligibility

Students must have undertaken the project while enrolled at an appropriate tertiary institution and do not need to be members of WSQ.

Selection

A call for manuscripts will be made in November each year and manuscripts must be received by January of the following year. All entrants will be notified of the results by May of that year.

Students should send the details of their completed project in the form of a manuscript, essentially ready for publication in a peer reviewed journal, to the WSQ via their Head of Department or immediate supervisor.

The manuscript should be no longer than necessary to adequately describe the work or review undertaken, and the main findings arising from it.

The subject matter of the project must relate to weeds or pest animals or weed or pest animal science. Topics may include:

  • biology
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • management methods
  • herbicides or pesticides, their mode of action, chemistry and environmental effects
  • Monitoring or surveillance
  • Spread or distribution modelling
  • Impacts
  • biochemistry
  • bio-geography
  • weed or pest animal surveys and survey methods
  • economics of weeds, pest animals or weed/pest animal infestations and management
  • any other relevant study or review

A committee of three suitably qualified members of the WSQ will judge the projects, and submit their considerations to the WSQ executive for approval.

The committee will judge the written reports on:

  • Originality and/or significance of the work
  • Success in defining the problem
  • Success in achieving the stated objectives of the study
  • Methodology
  • Interpretation of the information gathered and awareness of its limitations
  • Clarity and presentation, including quality of illustrations (if required)

The Awards

The award for both undergraduate and post-graduate student projects will consist of book(s) to the value of $120, or a cheque for the same amount, and one year membership to the WSQ.

If possible a suitable presentation ceremony will be organised and the winners will have the opportunity to orally present their projects, but this is optional. Following the presentation recipients will have an opportunity to discuss their projects with WSQ members and respond to questions.

Where practicable, the WSQ will meet reasonable travel expenses to assist recipients attend presentations and/or give a presentation on their projects.

All unsuccessful manuscripts submitted will be given one year membership to the WSQ.

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Student Travel Award AWC/AVPC

This award aims to promote both interest and involvement of tertiary students in weeds, pest animals and weed and pest animal science in Queensland by assisting them to attend the biennial Australasian Weeds Conference (AWC) or the triennial Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference (AVPC).

Eligibility

The award is open to both undergraduate and post-graduate students. Students must be enrolled at an appropriate tertiary institution at the time of making a submission and do not need to be members of WSQ.

Selection

Students should send their submission to the WSQ via their Head of Department or immediate supervisor. Submissions must reach WSQ six months prior to the AWC or AVPC.

Recipients will be notified at least 1 month prior to the respective conference early bird registration closing.

Submissions should include details on the proportion of weeds or pest animals-related study in their course; any research or practical weed or pest animal science activities; and involvement with weed or pest animal science or management outside their institution. The submission should state reasons for attending the conference, and outline the personal benefits expected to accrue from such attendance.

Submissions should be brief, but address the selection criteria outlined below.

A panel of three suitably qualified WSQ members will judge submissions on:

  • Involvement in weed or pest animal science study (taking into account level of course)
  • Involvement in practical weed or pest animal science/management issues.
  • Involvement in weed or pest animal science/management activities external to institutional commitments.
  • Relevance of Conference to student.
  • Commitment of student to weed or pest animal science/management.
  • Presentation standard of submission.

The Award

The WSQ will assist one or more students to attend the AWC or AVPC. to a maximum of $2,000 for each AWC or AVPC.. The WSQ may choose to make partial awards to several students.

The award will contribute to airfares, accommodation, and full registration expenses, for a student delegate to attend the AWC or AVPC. The WSQ will pay these costs directly on behalf of the student, apart from a reasonable allowance for meals and incidental expenses.

On returning from the conference, the student/s will be expected to provide a written report within 2 months, outlining highlights, key personal benefits, and how they will use the knowledge and experience. If practicable, the WSQ may request a short verbal presentation at a suitable event.

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WSQ Travel Grants

Purpose

The WSQ instigated this award to assist WSQ members attend conferences, symposia, etc, to enhance their knowledge of weed or pest animal science/management and promote the involvement of WSQ and our members in such activities.

Eligibility

Awards are only available to current financial WSQ members and preference will be given to members actively involved in the WSQ.

Awards will not be available to members who have received WSQ travel assistance in the previous 2 calendar years.

Selection

Applicants may submit applications for WSQ travel grants at any time directly to secretary@wsq.org.au. WSQ will provide assistance on the basis of strict guidelines and may grant more than one award in a calendar year. Recipients will be notified within 2 months of receiving an application.

Submissions should be brief but include details on the level of weeds or pest animal -related work undertaken by a member; specific research or practical weed or pest animal science/management activities; as well as past and current involvement with the WSQ. The submission should state reasons for travel, the benefits to Queensland weed or pest animal science/management from the travel, and benefits to WSQ. The submission should also outline personal benefits expected to accrue from the travel.

A panel of three suitably qualified WSQ members will judge submissions. The panel will judge the submissions on:

  • Involvement in weed or pest animal science /management in Queensland.
  • Involvement in practical weed or pest animal science/management issues.
  • Involvement in the WSQ.
  • Relevance of travel.
  • Commitment of member to weed or pest animal science/management.
  • Perceived benefit of travel to the WSQ, and the broader Queensland community.
  • Presentation standard of submission.

The Award

The Award can be used to cover fares, accommodation, conference registrations, or other costs associated with relevant travel. The maximum amount awarded in any one year will be $2,000. The WSQ will pay the grant directly to the recipient, on evidence of significant commitment to undertaking the travel.

On returning from the travel, the member will be expected to provide a written report within 2 months, outlining highlights, key personal benefits, and how they will use the knowledge and experience for the benefit of both the WSQ and the general community. If reasonable the WSQ may request a short verbal presentation at a suitable event.

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Honorary Membership

Purpose

Honorary membership is awarded for outstanding contribution to any aspect of weed and pest animal science in Queensland.

The contribution can be in the form of:

  • a significant addition to existing knowledge
  • a new concept in management technique
  • dedication over time to the cause of weed control.

The contribution should be spread over time so that perseverance and dedication are demonstrable.

Eligibility

Honorary membership can only be awarded to individuals who have been active and supportive members of the WSQ for at least 5 years.

Numbers of Honorary members are limited by the WSQ Constitution to 10, or 10% of Ordinary membership, which ever is fewer.

Selection

Nominations for honorary membership, with brief details about the contribution made by the member, may be made by any financial member of the Society, but must be in writing and received by the Secretary sixty (60) days before the AGM.

Honorary members can only be elected at an AGM by majority vote.

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