The ACIS/ECIS Award recognises the most outstanding student oral presentation at the student conference, by a student who has been enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research for no more than 2 years full-time equivalent at the time of the presentation. Relevant career interruptions will be taken into account.

    The Award consists of a contribution of $1000 towards costs for attending the European Colloids and Interface Society (ECIS) Conference in the same year as the student conference, with the (reciprocal) agreement that the ECIS conference registration will be waived by our European colleagues.

    The Award was established in 2013 as a result of the links between the Board of Australasian Colloids and Interface Society (ACIS) and the Board of ECIS, and aims to strengthen and expand the scientific connections between the two Societies.


    A number of staff attending the student conference will be chosen to be on the selection panel, chaired by the ACIS Awards Committee chair, and will nominate a winner and two runners-up. The runners up will each receive a one-year student ACIS membership and a certificate. In judging the Award, the panel will consider the quality of science, communication skills, presentation style and ability to answer questions.


    Students enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university for less than 24 months at the time of the student conference are eligible candidates for this Award (relevant career interruptions will be taken into account).

    Students must be available to attend the ECIS conference in the same year as the student conference, and must be able to cover the additional costs for travel and accommodation not covered by the Award.

    The Award will be transferred to the chosen candidate, after attendance of the ECIS conference, as reimbursement upon presentation of receipts.

    If the first chosen candidate is not available to attend the ECIS conference that year, they should notify ACIS as soon as possible, and the funds will be used to support attendance of the runner-up. The Award for Australian/New Zealand students is administered by the Awards Committee of ACIS.

    Previous winners



     2023Kaiwen Zhang  RMIT
     2022  Daniel Morris University of New South Wales

    Maryam Hosseini

    University of New South Wales
     2018 Isaac Gresham   University of New South Wales
     2016 Virginia Mazzini The Australian National University
     2014 Catherine Fung University of Western Australia

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