AFSS Awards

+ Indigenous Travel Grant

Are you an Indigenous Australian studying about or managing waterways, including wetlands or freshwater places? Would like to share your work and waterways knowledge with others?

The Australian Freshwater Science Society (AFSS) focuses on learning about and managing inland waters including wetlands, rivers and streams. Every year AFSS holds a conference to help the Australian community share knowledge about managing these freshwater places.

This grant is to help Indigenous Australians to attend the annual AFSS conference. The funding will fully or partially cover travel, accommodation, conference registration and membership to AFSS.

This is an opportunity to gain leadership skills, network with other wetland workers, share your knowledge, inspire others, learn from others, and see new places.


To be eligible for the Indigenous Travel Grant you must:

  • Be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander living in Australia and enrolled at university or a vocational training provider, or be part of an Indigenous ranger program.

  • Give a presentation (either by yourself or with others) (12 minute talk + 3 minutes questions) or present a poster at the conference.

Process for application

To apply please provide:

  • A written statement of 200 words describing the research, why it is important and the stage that has been reached.

  • A statement (email or letter) by the student’s supervisor endorsing the application.

  • An abstract of the paper that the applicant proposes to present to the Conference.


Applications must be lodged with the AFSS Secretary via ASN Events

Applications close Friday 13 September 2019

+ AFSS Student Travel Grant

Applications are invited from research students for travel assistance to attend and present a paper at the Annual Congress of the Australian Freshwater Science Society. The purpose of this assistance is to encourage students to present the results of their work in public. Students who are carrying out research in any branch of limnology for a higher degree are encouraged to apply.


  • Applicants must be at least 50% part-time postgraduate students at any Australian university. There is no age limitation.

  • Applicants must have current financial membership of the AFSS.

Process for application

  • Applications must include a written statement of no more than 200 words describing the research, its significance and the stage that has been reached. This statement must be endorsed by the student’s supervisor.

  • An abstract of the paper that the applicant proposes to present to the Conference must also be included.


A three member panel of AFSS members will assess the applications on the basis of:

  • Significance of the work.

  • Originality and soundness of the research.

  • The progress made and whether the stage has been reached where something useful can be presented. Ability to present a clear and concise statement of the study.


Applications must be lodged with the AFSS Secretary via ASN Events

Applications close Friday 13 September 2019

+ The Aquatic Conservation Prize

Presenting a talk or a poster on freshwater conservation at this year’s AFSS/NZFSS conference?

John Wiley and Sons, the publisher of the journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, is offering a prize for the best presentation about freshwater conservation at this year’s annual combined conference of the Australian and New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Societies.

The prize, judged by members of the journal’s editorial board attending the conference, is a 1-year subscription to the journal Aquatic Conservation, a book (value up to $200) in a relevant field published by John Wiley and Sons, and a signed bookplate commemorating the prize that can be inserted into the book. And, of course, publicity and peer-recognition of the importance of your work to freshwater conservation!

The presentation could be either a poster or a talk. As well as the usual requirements for message clarity, robust logic and engaging style, the key criterion for the proposed prize focuses on the presentation’s contribution to freshwater conservation and how well the presentation explains:

  • the link between the science and its applications to conservation;
  • what has been done or needs to be done so that the results of the study achieve practical benefits for conservation (e.g. using existing legislation for species protection, influencing policy makers, improving habitat restoration, better catchment management, enhanced monitoring programmes); and,
  • how the specific study might have wider lessons for freshwater conservation in other countries or regions, or for other habitats and species.

It is also hoped that the winner would consider submitting their presentation as a manuscript for publication in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems to further showcase their contribution. The winner will be presented with their award at the conference Annual Dinner.

For more information, contact Andrew Boulton (