Each year, SCBO awards prizes for the best student publication and conference presentation.
In 2021 we introduce a new Science for Impact award. 

SCBO Science for Impact award

This award will recognise commitment made by a student to go above and beyond the academic requirements of their degree, to have an impact on conservation practice, policy, or education. The Science for Impact award prize is AUD$500.

Possible examples of impact include (but are not limited to):

  • Direct partnership with, or communication of research findings to, conservation practitioners, which influenced their management strategies or day-to-day actions.
  • Authorship of policy briefs, or other evidence of a commitment to science promotion within the policy sphere
  • Significant public outreach or science communication efforts, e.g. involvement in community science events, media work, development of materials for schools.

Applications are now closed. The closing date for nominations was 21st May 2021.

Student publication award

To be considered for the student paper award, papers must be first-authored by a student member of the SCB Oceania Section. Each member may only submit one publication to be considered for the award. Papers will be judged by the Board on their scientific merit, clarity, innovativeness, and relevance to conservation and management. The winner(s) will be awarded SCB membership or registration to an upcoming SCB conference.

Applications are now closed. The closing date for nominations was 21st May 2021. To be considered for the student paper award, e-mail a pdf of your paper and proof of your student status (e.g. a photo / scan of your student ID) to awards@scboceania.org. To be eligible, papers must be first-authored by a student member of SCB Oceania, with a publication date between April 2020 and April 2021.

Student presentation award

Our student presentation prize is awarded to the best presentation (talk, speed talk or poster) by an SCBO student member at our conference. In the years between our conferences, we may award a student prize for presentations given at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, or other conferences widely attended by our membership. The student presentation award will not be awarded in 2021.


Students who are currently enrolled for a graduate degree, or who have graduated in the last 12 months are eligible. Students must be current members of SCB Oceania. Awards will be assessed by members of the SCBO Board of Directors, who reserve the right not to distribute all awards in each round or each year.

SCBO is committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. To achieve this, we welcome award nominations from from all locations within Oceania, all backgrounds and genders. We encourage more nominations from women and Pacific Islanders for all awards.

Previous student award recipients