The Anne Green Prize

Professor Anne Green retired from astronomy research in 2017 and this prize was established to honour her extensive contribution to astronomy throughout her successful career. Professor Green was the first female PhD student to be enrolled in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. She received her PhD in 1973 and after a 15-year break from astronomy (1975-1991), went on to build a prolific career focussed on the ecology and structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. Professor Green was the Director of the renowned Molonglo Observatory for more than a decade and she was appointed the first female Head of Physics at the University of Sydney in 2007. She was also President of the ASA from mid-2003 to 2005 and served on Council for six years. Amongst all her scientific achievements, Professor Green has also been a passionate advocate and inspiring example for Women in Science.

Anne Green

Anne Green

Anne Green medal

The Anne Green Prize
medal featuring the stars
of Carina and Vela over
the Molonglo Observatory
radio telescope.

The Anne Green Prize is awarded annually by the Astronomical Society of Australia for a significant advance or accomplishment by a mid-career scientist. The Prize will be awarded based on a nominated body of work that supports the scientific accomplishment and the subsequent impact of the research. The research can be in any area of astronomy or a closely related field.

The Prize consists of the Anne Green Medal together with an award of $2,500 and ASA membership for the following calendar year. The recipient will be invited to present a paper on their research at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia, where the prize will be presented.

To be eligible for the Prize, the applicant:

  • must have had their PhD conferred 5 to 15 years* prior to the nomination deadline.
  • the nominated body of work that supports the significant advance or accomplishment must have been published in refereed scientific journals, appearing in final published form within 5 years* prior to the nomination deadline.
  • must be a financial member of the ASA and have held that membership for at least two years prior to nomination for the award.

* Acceptable leaves of absence from active research will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility.

Nominations can be from a Department Head or a colleague. Self-nominations are acceptable.

A call for nominations is usually emailed out to the ASA membership in December each year, with a closing date for nominations in February (February 8, 2019).

Submissions must include:

  • A letter of nomination up to 2 pages in length, outlining in a clear and concise manner the major scientific accomplishments of the nominated body of work and the subsequent impact of the research and relevance to the field. The nomination should also describe the nominee’s specific contributions to the work and demonstrate where the nominee has taken a leading role.
  • Appropriate journal citations for the body of work on which the nomination is based.
  • A curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications.
  • The names and email addresses of two professional astronomers who would be willing to write letters of support, outlining their view of the scientific impact of the research. It is highly preferable that referees are not co-authors on any research papers submitted as part of the nominated body of work, but should be familiar with the nominee's work.

Submissions should be emailed to the ASA Prizes and Awards Coordinator, Dr Tanya Hill: thill - @ -

An assessment committee nominated by the ASA Council will evaluate the submitted materials and make a recommendation to the ASA Council. The decision of the Council is final, including the decision not to award the prize in any given year.

Limited travel funds to support attendance at the ASA science meeting may be made available at the discretion of the ASA Council.

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List of Past Winners

(based on year in which the award was made)
2018 - Barbara Catinella (ICRAR)
For her unique contributions to the studies of cold gas in galaxies, and her leadership of state-of-the-art projects in the field of gas in galaxies and its connection with star formation.

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