The Council of Australasian Weed Societies (CAWS) recognises outstanding contributions to weed management in Australasia through the award of the CAWS Medal for Leadership. This is a prestigious award with, on average, no more than one medal being awarded each year.
The award recognises a contribution to the science, technology and practice of weed management through research, teaching, administration, extension and implementation of programs, which is:
- outstanding, in that the contribution is recognised by peers to be exemplary in substance, objectives, methods and results;
- influential on the work of others;
- sustained over a long time, perhaps ten years or more;
- substantial in that the contribution is broadly based across several categories listed above; and
- national in its impact. (It should be noted here that locally outstanding contributions may be recognised by Member Societies of CAWS.)
The medal is administered by the Awards Committee of CAWS, comprising the CAWS President, Immediate Past President and one other person appointed by CAWS. The Awards Committee, through CAWS, calls for nominations at times which anticipate events where the medal(s) maybe presented.
Nominations should be made to the CAWS secretary. Forms are available from the CAWS website.
Past recipients from New South Wales
The following have received CAWS Medals since the inception of the award in 1984.
2010 Prof. Jim Pratley
2004 Mr Geoff Sainty
1998 Dr Deirdre Lemerle
1993 Mr James Swain
1992 Mr Warwick Felton
1990 Dr Bruce Auld
Dr Malcolm Campbell
Dr Dick Medd
Dr Leon Smith
1987 Dr Peter Michael
1984 Mr Arthur Nelson Johnson
Mr Alan Mears