Medals & Awards

The IAG makes a number of awards. The most prestigious are the Griffith Taylor Medal, named after the first Professor of Geography in an Australian University, and the Australia-International Medal. The first is for contributions to geography in Australia, while the second is for contributions by Australian geographers to geography world-wide, or by geographers outside Australia to the geography of Australia. Distinguished service to the IAG is recognised by the award of a Distinguished Fellowship, while contributions to the profession of geography are recognised by a Fellowship. The next generation of Australian geographers is recognised by two awards: the IAG Honours Award and the IAG Postgraduate Award. Both awards are based on a paper submitted for publication in the Institute’s journal Geographical Research, reporting on the results of research for an Honours or postgraduate degree at an Australian university. Honorary Life Membership is the final award that the Institute can confer on members. Until 2007 the Institute also had a Professional Service Award, but this has now been incorporated into the Distinguished Fellowships.