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 Phil Hockey (2016). 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.
The Gill Memorial Medal Award is presented at BirdLife South Africa’s Annual General Meetings.
BirdLife South Africa is inviting nominations for consideration of the 2018 award.
Nominations can only be made by members of BirdLife South Africa and should include an appropriate motivation, a short CV for the candidate, and a list of the candidate’s relevant achievements (especially his/her publications).
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 Company Secretary of BirdLife South Africa who shall circulate to the Selection Committee members. All nominations shall be received by the Company Secretary of BirdLife South Africa at least six months before the next medal is to be awarded.
The Selection Committee shall comprise of the Chairman of the Executive Board of BirdLife South Africa, the Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife South Africa, the Director of the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, and two Executive Board members made at the discretion of the above three Selection Committee members.
The members of the Selection Committee shall vote on the nominations.
The deliberations of the Selection Committee shall be treated as confidential.
The result shall be forwarded by the Chairman of the Selection Committee/Company Secretary to the Executive Board of BirdLife South Africa for approval.
The Chairman of Executive Board 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipients of the Gill Memorial Medal Award
1960 - Jack Winterbottom *
* Denotes deceased