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Ag Institute Australia announces award recipients

Announcement posted by aurora transformations 11 May 2021

The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology held its AGM online on Saturday, 1st May 2021 and announced the following award recipients.

The AIA Medal of Agriculture recognises outstanding contributions that have advanced agriculture and natural resource management.

Medal of Agriculture – Ian Godwin

Professor Ian Godwin has over 30 years' experience in plant biotechnology research. Professor Godwin has worked closely with UQ in promoting membership with AIA for students and through his involvement in the Bell and Bryan Medal.

He leads research in the use of biotechnological tools for crop improvement with emphasis on sustainable production of grain crops. He has pioneered the use of GM and gene edited techniques.

Medal of Agriculture – Ram Dalal

Prof Ram is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland. Professor Dalal has made an outstanding contribution to science, and to farming. He has helped to foster an awareness of the serious, insidious nature of land degradation and carbon loss through basic and applied soil research. He has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his contributions.


Fellows are pre-eminent members of the AIA. The Fellowship recognises AIA members who have served the Ag Institute and the profession.

Fellow - Andrew Bishop

Andrew was a Past President of the Ag Institute Australia and was heavily involved in developing and implementing our Accreditation program. Andrew Bishop has over 30 years’ experience working in agriculture (in particular, Plant Biosecurity) in the government sector in Tasmania and Victoria.


Fellow – Prof Daniel Tan

Professor Daniel Tan of NSW. Daniel is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the University of Sydney.  He has been an AIA member since 1991 and he has been an Ag board member since 2015 and headed numerous committees. Daniel is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture and Frontiers of Plant Science. And he presents papers internationally.

Fellow - Shaun Coffey

Shaun has been a long-term member of the Ag Institute and been the editor the Agricultural Science Journal. Shaun is an internationally recognised agricultural scientist and has had a long involvement with complex management systems, and with research and development. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2004 and a Companion of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand in 2008. He is also a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.


The Life membership award recognises long serving AIA members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute and the profession. These are given to members with 50 or more years of membership, or to retiring AIA Fellows who have provided substantial service to AIA and the agricultural industry.

AIA Life membership – David Lloyd

David Lloyd of QLD is an Order of Australia Medal recipient in 2001 as well as a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia.  David has been a continuous member of the Ag Institute since 1964 and he continues to serve in various committees.

AIA Life membership – Ted Hayes

Ted has been a longstanding Victorian member and was given the Order of Australia Medal for services to agricultural science and the community. Ted was the Ag Institute VIC Division Secretary from 1995 -2001 and a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia since 2002.

AIA Life membership - Neil Inall

Neil has served the Ag Institute and the agricultural community for many years.  Neil is a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia since 1992. Neil has had a long career in producing radio and television programs and he has continued to voluntarily serve the community on various Boards and committees.




The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, known as Ag Institute Australia, is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting.

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