The Bridget Ogilvie Medal of the Australian Society for Parasitology is an award for an Ordinary member or Fellow of the ASP who, in the opinion of the selection committee appointed by Council, has made an outstanding contribution to parasitology education. The recipient will deliver an oration at the annual conference of the Society showcasing their excellence in parasitology education, receive reimbursement of reasonable travel costs to the conference at which the medal is presented and will be a guest of the Society for the duration of the conference. The procedure for selection of the recipient is detailed in The Bridget Ogilvie Award Guidelines. Diversity is an essential part of the mission of the Australian Society for Parasitology so nominations of colleagues from gender and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged.

The applicant can be nominated or self-nominated. Please download and complete this Bridget Ogilvie Medal Nomination 2024 and email this nomination to the ASP Secretary.

Applications close 22nd April 2024  

Dame Bridget Ogilvie is arguably Australia’s most important parasitologist having led the Wellcome Trust for many years. Her contributions to parasitology and science more broadly are immense. She is an Australian and British Scientist, born in NSW and educated in Armidale. She completed a Bachelor of Rural Science (Hons I) at the University of New England, graduating with the University Medal in 1960. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend Girton College, Cambridge, where she earned a PhD for her pioneering immunological work on Nippostrongylus brasiliensis. In 1981, she was appointed to the staff of the Wellcome Trust, becoming the director in 1991, retiring in 1998. During her time as the director, she established the Sanger Institute. Dame Bridget Ogilvie was the first Chairperson of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Board. Since her retirement, she has played a significant role in public engagement with science and science in education as a trustee of the Science Museum and chair of the AstraZeneca science teaching trust. Dame Bridget Ogilvie was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to science policy and parasitology. Although she has achieved so much outside of the parasitology field, she has, in her own words, “remained a parasitologist though few outside this community now know this as life has led me in unexpected other directions.”

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