The APEN Award for Excellence in Extension is open to APEN members, either individuals or groups, who have demonstrated excellence in extension through a work program completed within the last five years.
Awards are presented in the Open or Experienced and Young Professional (under 35 years of age) categories. In 2009 the Young Professional Award was renamed the Amabel Fulton Award for Excellence in Extension for a Young Professional in memory of the late Amabel Fulton who was a major contributor to APEN and the development of extension in Australia.
Sponsorship of the Awards has been provided by:
Grains Research and Development Corporation - 2003
Dairy Australia - 2006
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation – 2007
Dairy Australia - 2015
The award includes a plaque, travel (within Australia) to the APEN conference, registration, accommodation and the opportunity to give a presentation about the extension work for which the prize has been awarded. (Individual or one person from within a group.) The award is not transferable.
Conditions of the award
The winner will be required to give a presentation of their work at the APEN Conference, and to take part in publicity associated with their success.
Nominations will be called six months prior to an APEN Conference and will be due in four months prior to the event. Members will be notified through ExtensionNet or APEN’s eBulletin.
Nominations can be received direct from the nominee(s), or from other persons or organisations on behalf of the nominee(s).
Nominations should include a summary of the work addressing the selection criteria, a copy of any written material or reports produced, and the names of two independent referees able to comment upon the work. An electronic version would be preferred.
2017 Award Winner Heather Collins
The use or development of extension principles in the work.
Evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of the work.
The applicability of the work in the broader practice of extension.
The APEN Board will judge entries and their decision will be final.
APEN Life Membership is called for and awarded at the same time as the Awards for Excellence in Extension. Life Membership will be awarded on the basis of contribution to the Extension profession and to APEN. The APEN Board will judge entries and their decision will be final.
The successful nominee is announced and a plaque and badge are presented at the next APEN conference.
• An Honour Board on the APEN website which lists life members and has their photos and a comment about their contributions.
• At conference dinners, a table is designated for current board members, life members and possibly past-presidents, to honour them and recognise their efforts.
• APEN membership is free for the life member going forward.