Helen Newton Turner Trust

Helen Newton Turner Trust   Image of Dr Helen Newton Turner

The Helen Newton Turner Trust was established in 1993 following an anonymous donation to the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit to perpetuate the memory of Helen Newton Turner and to encourage and inspire those engaged in animal genetics.

The Trust provides two awards every two years that are named in honour of Dr Helen Newton Turner  who had an outstanding career with CSIRO that was deidcated to the research into the genetic improvement of sheep for wool production.

The first award is the prestigious Helen Newton Turner 2021 Medal to recognise significant achievement and outstanding contribution to advances in animal genetics in Australia.

The second, a new award established in 2021, the Helen Newton Turner 2021 Bright Futures Award, recognises the achievements of an up-and-coming individual who is showing evidence of establishing a reputation for excellence in the field of animal genetics within Australia.

A biography of Dr Helen Newton Turner AO OBE can be found on the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) website.

Nominations are now open:

The Helen Newton Turner Medal

Nominations are called for the prestigious Helen Newton Turner 2021 Medal which is awarded to recognise significant achievement and outstanding contribution to advances in animal genetics in Australia.

Nominations for the award are sought from across Australia and the Medal recipient will be chosen by the Helen Newton Turner Trust.

The recipient of the Medal will be invited to deliver an oration on a topic of his or her own choice at the Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding & Genetics (AAABG) that will be held in Adelaide 2 - 4 November 2021.

In addition to presentation of the Medal at the AAABG Conference, the Trust will cover the cost of travel, accommodation and attendance at the conference for the recipient.

How can I nominate?

Nominations can be filled out online by clicking on this link.

Image for nomination form for the Helen Newton Turner Medal 2021

Nominations close 5pm, Sunday 8 August 2021.

Assessment Criteria for the Helen Newton Turner Medal

Has the nominee contributed to animal genetics through one or more or the below points:Has the nominee contributed to animal genetics through one or more or the below points:

  • Shown a major contribution in the field of animal genetics through research, implementation or innovation
    • Conducted scientific research that has advanced the opportunities for animal breeding in Australia; and/or
    • Implemented innovative breeding approaches in Australia; and/or
    • Helped to communicate and promote research and/or adoption of animal genetics and breeding within
      Australia?
  • Fostered the development of young scientists and/or practitioners n the field of animal genetics and breeding?
  • Does the nominee have the ability to deliver an oration of significant standing at the AAABG Conference?

The Helen Newton Turner Bright Futures Award

Nominations are called for the Helen Newton Turner 2021 Bright Futures Award which recognises the achievements of an up and coming individual who is showing evidence of establishing a reputation for excellence in the field of animal genetics within Australia.

The award consists of either a $500 cash award or paid travel, accommodation and attendance to the Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding & Genetics (AAABG) that will be held 2 - 4 November 2021 in Adelaide, which is a great opportunity to come together with other experts and up and coming achievers in the field of animal genetics..

Nominations for the Medal recipient are sought from across Australia and the winner will be chosen by the Helen Newton Turner Trust.

How can I nominate?

Nominations can be filled out online by clicking on this link.

Nomination form for the Helen Newton Turner Bright Futures AwardNominations close 5pm, Sunday 8 August 2021.

Assessment Criteria for the Helen Newton Turner Bright Futures Award

Has the nominee contributed to animal genetics and breeding through one or more or the below points:

  • Shown evidence of beginning/continuing to establish themselves in the field of animal genetics through scientific
    research, innovation, influence or other work?
  • Completed a PhD that expands the knowledge of animal genetics through a thesis, dissertation or other method?
  • Helped to communicate and promote animal genetics throughout Australia?
  • Shown promise in their critical thinking toward research and/or adoption of animal genetics?
  • Shown initiative and promise in beginning to establish themselves in their field relating to animal genetics?

Further information on how to nominate

Should you have issues with the online forms or require further information regarding nominations for the Helen Newton Turner Medal please contact:

Vicki Priest
Executive Officer Boards and Committees
NSW Department of Primary Industries Agriculture
Ph: 0436 454 533
Email: vicki.priest@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Trustees of the Helen Newton Turner Trust are:

  • Ms Kate Lorimer-Ward - Chair, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
  • Prof. Brian Kinghorn - Member, University of New England (UNE)
  • Dr Robert Banks - Member, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) UNE
  • Prof. James Rowe - Member, National Farmers Federation (NFF)
  • Mr Ian Locke - Member, Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG)

Other Helen Newton Turner Medal Recipients:

2017 Medalist - Mr Alf Collins

2015 Medalist - Dr Arthur Gilmore

2013 Medalist - Prof Mike Goddard

2011 Medalist - Dr Robert Banks

2009 Medalist - Mr Ryves Hawker

2007 Medalist - Mrs Lucinda Corrigan

2005 Medalist - Dr Keith Hammond

Further information on other Helen Newton Turner Medal Recipients can be found on the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) website.