Inaugural AORA Research Awards Winners Announced

Fremantle, WA – ELB Equipment is proud to sponsor the first AORA Student Research Awards, presented at the 2019 AORA Annual Conference.

The idea of an award program specifically relevant to the organics recycling industry was conceived two years ago when the 2017 AORA annual conference was held in Adelaide. During the conference, a great deal of time was spent discussing the major strategic objectives of AORA. One of the significant concerns at the time was the need to broaden the gene pool of AORA, to make it a more diverse and healthy organization, and one that had a pipeline of young talent joining the ranks.

ELB Equipment MD, Christopher Malan, with a few others at the conference, discussed this issue at length and came up with the broad outline of the AORA Student Research Awards.

Together they identified three objectives that they wanted to achieve with this initiative.

  1. Create a pipeline of new blood to create a more diverse and sustainable organization.
  2. Promote the development of research into issues pertinent to our industry that will enhance and accelerate innovation and development of our processor members.
  3. Generate more conference material to help the AORA Annual Conference to add more value to the members.

There are three award categories that receive a cash prize and an expense-paid trip to attend the AORA Conference and deliver their presentation summaries: honours students, graduate students, and doctoral students.

The awards are open to all universities and research institutions offering accredited graduate degrees. Students may apply for the award together with an abstract of their research, completed within the last 24 months.

Eligible applications are blind reviewed by a panel selected by the award committee comprising academics and representatives of industry. After the abstracts have been scored, a short list is developed and detailed summaries of the research are then reviewed and scored by the panel, with the highest scoring papers in each of the categories receiving the award.

Our hope is that over time, we will gain greater notoriety for this program. That students and faculty, being aware of the program, might tailor their research more closely to the objectives of the association, that we will build a strong body of research, and develop a pipeline of talent for the association.

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