Awards & prizes

Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award



The Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award is a new funding initiative aimed directly at supporting Early Career Researchers through a research and professional development grant and Plenary opportunity.

Over the last few years, the ESA has identified that Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are under-represented in our membership. The Society has always invested significant resources in funding and mentoring student members, but understands that this support needs to continue into the critical postdoctoral career stage. We also recognise that opportunities for ECRs to engage with the Society and the broader ecology network through traditional pathways is currently limited with conference attendance often reduced due to financial or workplace restraints.

In an attempt to redress this balance, ESA has joined with our publishing partners, Wiley, to present a new award from the Society which not only recognises excellence in early career research but which also provides this sector with a voice at our annual meeting focusing specifically on the future.

The Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award recognises excellence in research in Australian ecology and will be awarded to an “up and coming” early-career researcher. The Award comprises:

  • A $3000 grant which can be applied to a research project or a professional development opportunity; and
  • a Plenary address at the Society’s annual conference and would include the candidate’s travel, registration and accommodation costs to attend the meeting.  

The Plenary would be on the future of ecological research in Australia with an emphasis on the awardee’s area of interest. As well as the prestige associated with a Plenary lecture, this will allow an opportunity for an early career researcher to give a longer, more comprehensive presentation on their work and perspectives than currently exists in the standard conference format.


To apply for the Award the candidate must:

  • be a current financial ESA member ( contact our membership officer if you're not sure!)
  • hold a PhD
  • be not more than 5 years (Full Time Equivalent) since PhD conferred
  • be able to attend ESA2016 and present the Next Generation Ecology Plenary

For more information please contact the ESA Executive Officer, Gail Spina

Event date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018