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Member Awards

The Institute recognises outstanding achievements by giving awards to Members who, in the opinion of the Board, have made outstanding, specific contributions to the advancement of Agriculture.

Awards issued are as follows (for more information regarding guidelines for each award please click on the AIA Award Criteria link):

» The Australian Medal of Agricultural Science

» Fellow of Ag Institute Australia

» Post Graduate Travel Bursary

» The Jim McColl AIA Young Consultant Award

» AIA Award Criteria


The Institute offers a range of awards both Nationally and on a state by state basis. For a comprehensive list of awards please click the link below:

AIA National & State Awards


The above link shows the extensive amount of awards offered by the Institute to recognise outstanding achievement both in Australia & on a state by state basis.


Fellows of the AIA elected in 2018

David Hamilton FAIA

W. David Hamilton has made an outstanding contribution to advancing Australian agriculture for some 40 years. Early in his career with Queensland Department of Primary Industries, he assisted in the establishment of the fledgling cotton industry, with an approach to crop health that has developed into integrated crop management. His extension skills were instrumental in motivating farmers to more carefully monitor crop growth, and irrigation scheduling, in conjunction with crop pest activity to improve productivity. David also led the “WHEATMAN” project, which, with a team across the wheat production regions of Queensland, saw the first foray into computer-based decision making for producers.

David has had important leadership roles with the Queensland Department, ultimately as General Manager, Plant Science. He has also served agriculture with distinction with appointments to the Cotton R&D Corporation Board, the boards of the Cotton CRCs, the GRDC Northern Panel and the boards of Emerald and Dalby Agricultural Colleges. Through these roles, he has been instrumental in shaping policy to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability.

David has been an enthusiastic supporter of  AIA throughout his career with various state leadership roles, culminating as Chair of AIA. In that role he focussed on restoring financial stability, communication between Divisions, restoring professional accreditation and enhancing the influence of AIA through advocacy and policy.

In recognition of David Hamilton’s contribution to agriculture, both in the field and through senior policy roles, to his profession, and to the Institute, the Ag Institute of Australia is pleased to enrol him as a Fellow.

Natalie Moore FAIA

Natalie Moore has made a sustained and significant contribution to agriculture in Western Australia through provision of outstanding support to government committees, and the Executive of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Rural Development. In these roles, she has contributed to leadership in the development of strategic policy and planning, agency performance, inter-agency representation and governance from a policy perspective.

She co-authored the “Farm Monitoring Handbook” with RG Gilkes which has been a valuable practical resource about soil for farmers in Western Australia.

Her contributions within the WA Division of AIA are outstanding. She has continuously held committee roles (including President and AIA Board Member) since joining AIA as a student member. Natalie Moore’s demonstrated committed service to agriculture and the Institute make her a very worthy candidate for a Fellowship of the Ag Institute of Australia.

AIA Historical Award Winners

Click on the link below for a list of all Ag Institute Australia's Fellow & Medal award winners and the year in which they received the award.

AIA Historical Award Winners

Post Graduate Travel Bursary 2017 Winner - Emily Buddle

I was lucky enough to be the recipient of the Ag Institute of Australia’s Postgraduate Travel Bursary to attend the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) in Cork, Ireland, and the European Association of Animal Science (EAAP) annual meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. At ICoMST I was invited to present a poster and EAAP I was invited to give a 15-minute presentation. Both these presentations were centred around Australian consumer attitudes to the transportation and slaughter of sheep and beef cattle, which are some of the results from my PhD research.

At ICoMST, it was fascinating to hear about the advances in meat science research across a multitude of species, but also how simple things such as the definition of red meat are being problematic at an academic level. A highlight of ICoMST would be the opportunity to hear Temple Grandin speak about monitoring on-farm welfare problems at the slaughter plant, but also to listen to Fredric Leroy’s presentation titled “Humans and meat: a story of love and hate” as it strongly relates to my PhD topic. A highlight of EAAP was the exciting discussion about how animal production can contribute to food integrity during the EAAP and Animal Task Force special session. The presentation from Ellen Goddard about consumer attitudes towards livestock products was of particular interest.

It was a great, eye-opening experience to attend such large conferences. It was also incredibly exciting to be able to showcase my own PhD results and to see where my ‘piece of the puzzle’ fits in the grand scheme of the meat production space. Outside of the conferences, it was also great to experience first-hand the meat products and animal production in the UK and Europe after reading so much about attitudes towards animal welfare in that region.

I would like to thank the AIA for the support to attend these conferences. As many others can attest to, being able to present at international conferences is a privilege and a highlight of a PhD candidate.