J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science
This medal is awarded for excellence in both research and the reporting of that research by publication. · The John. K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science is awarded at the Australian National Conference in Soil Science.
John Kingsley Taylor (circa 1940s)
Image courtesy of CSIRO.
|Year||Award Winner||Year||Award Winner|
|1984||R.J. Coventry||2006||S.E. Smith (Sally)|
|1988||N.J. Barrow||2008||A. McBratney and B. Minasny|
|1996||P.M.Chalk and C.J. Smith||2014||J. Tisdalll and M. Oades|
|1998||O.T. Denmead||2016||Gordon (Jock) Churchman|
Conditions of the Award
The Society shall award every two years a Medal known as the “J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science for Excellence in both Research and its Communication for 20__” in the year of the national conference held by Soil Science Australia including the joint Australian and New Zealand national conference.
The J.K. Taylor Gold Medal in Soil Science shall recognise the most meritorious research publication(s) in any form (e.g. paper(s), book(s), map(s), video(s), film(s), and other) acceptable to the Taylor Medal Committee.
The ‘J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal of Soil Science for Excellence in both Research and its Communication for 20__’ award consists of a medal and certificate provided by Federal Council.
The Taylor Medal Committee shall judge all nominations for the J.K. Taylor Medal award and will be responsible for selecting a winning publication.
The Taylor Medal Committee will be constituted and appointed by Federal Council at their first meeting of a year hosting a National Conference. Federal Council may at any time disband and reconstitute the J.K. Taylor Medal Committee. Federal Council shall appoint new Members as may be required to maintain the J.K. Taylor Medal Committee.
The Taylor Medal Committee shall consist of five Members; a convenor, a Member of the Publication Medal Committee and three financial Members of the Society. The Taylor Medal Committee shall represent at least three disciplines of soil science, two Branches of the Society and the New Zealand Society of Soil Science.
Members of the Taylor Medal Committee shall not be a nominator or seconder of a candidate.
Members of the Taylor Medal Committee shall be ineligible for the award during their term on the J.K. Taylor Medal Committee.
The J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science award is open to all soil scientists who have worked in Australia and New Zealand.
Eligible research publications are normally those published, in any format, from January onwards in the year following the previous award of a J.K. Taylor Medal. The research communication subject shall deal with soil research related to Australian and/or New Zealand Soils and will be made on the basis of the results of a soil scientist’s own work in the field of soil science.
Only the senior author of a joint publication is eligible to receive the award.
In the case of a publication by two authors where it can be attested to that the work was cooperatively and equally shared the J.K. Taylor Medal award shall be shared and two medals presented.
Multi-author papers shall be considered on their merits.
The Taylor Medal Committee may seek advice from the Federal Executive on awarding additional medals as and when the need arises, prior to making a recommendation to Federal Council.
Nomination for the J.K. Taylor Medal award must be made by a financial Member of the Society, either as a candidate or on behalf of a candidate.
If in the opinion of the Taylor Medal Committee no research or publication for a particular year is of sufficiently high standard the Committee may decline to make an award for that year.
Nominations must be made on the prescribed application form, available from the Federal Office or Soil Science Australia website, and shall be submitted electronically to the Federal Secretary and copied to the Federal Office not later than May 31 in the year in which the J.K. Taylor Medal is to be awarded.
Nominations are confidential to the Taylor Medal Committee and the Federal Secretary will forward them to the Chair of the J.K. Taylor Medal Committee.
The nominator is considered responsible for confirming the successful receipt of the nomination by the Federal Secretary if they have not received acknowledgement of receipt within seven days of submitting the nomination.
Nominations shall be prepared in each case by a nominator and a seconder and supported by three additional financial Members of the Society. The nomination may include the names of up to two referees on whom the Taylor Medal Committee may call.
If no, or insufficient, suitable nomination(s) is/are received the Taylor Medal Committee may cause a search to be made and consider candidates from which to select the Medal recipient.
The decision of the Taylor Medal Committee shall be considered final and will be forwarded to the Federal Secretary before October 31 each year.
The J.K. Taylor Medal shall be shall be presented by the Federal President or proxy at each national conference held by Soil Science Australia or at another event determined by the Federal Council.
The J.K. Taylor Medal originally results from a gift of money in 1983 from the John K Taylor family to commemorate the life and work of John Kingsley Taylor, OBE, in soil science.