BirdLife South Africa’s most prestigious award is the Gill Memorial Medal Award, which is awarded for outstanding lifetime contributions to ornithology (the study of birds) in southern Africa.
The inaugural award was presented to Jack Winterbottom in 1960, and the most recent recipient was the late Les Underhill (2017). The list of recipients includes a very renowned group of southern Africa’s distinguished ornithologists, including Philip Clancey, Roy Siegfried, Richard Brooke, Warwick Tarboton, Richard Dean, John Cooper and Adrian Craig.
BirdLife South Africa will send out an annual notification inviting and announcing the closing date for nominations for the Gill Memorial Medal Award each year.
Enquiries can be send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any member of BirdLife South Africa can nominate a candidate and each nomination shall be seconded by at least one other member of the organisation. It is not acceptable for a person to nominate or second their own candidacy. Nominations shall include an appropriate motivation, the candidate’s CV, and a list of the candidate’s relevant achievements, which most frequently shall be in the form of publications.
Members of the Selection Committee can nominate candidates.
The Chairman of the Selection Committee shall be the Chairman of the Executive Board of the BirdLife South Africa.
If a member of the Selection Committee is nominated for the award, that member shall step down from deliberations in such cases.
All nominations shall be sent to the HR Manager of BirdLife South Africa. All nominations shall be received by the HR Manager.
The Selection committee shall comprise the Honorary President, the Chairman and the CEO of BirdLife South Africa as well as the Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology and one other individual who shall also be a recognized ornithologist, selected by the Chairman.
The members of the Selection Committee shall vote on the nominations.
The deliberations of the Selection Committee shall be treated as confidential.
The results shall be forwarded by the Chairman of the Selection Committee/HR Manager to the Board of Directors, BirdLife South Africa for approval.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall inform the necessary parties of the outcome and, where positive, shall award the medal at the next Annual General Meeting of the organisation, which determines the year of the award.
The recipient shall give a Gill Memorial Medal Address at the Annual General Meeting.
The travel and accommodation costs of the recipient’s attendance at the Annual General Meeting shall be paid by the organisation.
The award shall be reported in the organisation’s publications and the Chairman of the Selection Committee shall provide an appropriate biographical account of the recipient.
The content of the Gill Memorial Medal Address shall be published, either in full or in an abbreviated form, in at least one of the organisation’s publications (Ostrich and African Birdlife). The final decision in this regard shall lie with the editors of these publications, as guided by the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.
For more information, please contact Isabel Human at BirdLife South Africa on (+)27 (0)11 789 1122 or email email@example.com
Recipients of the Gill Memorial Medal Award
1960 - Jack Winterbottom *
* Denotes deceased