Leanne Armand. Photo credit: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marmicro.2022.102095

Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA)

The Leanne Armand Travel Award

This award was set up in honour of the Late Professor Leanne Armand (Feb 1968 – Jan 2022). Leanne was Director of the Australian and New Zealand Consortium [ANZIC] and was also Professor of Micropalaeontology at The Australian National University [ANU]. Leanne was a world leader on marine diatoms which she successfully used to reconstruct the waxing and waning of sea ice in the Southern Ocean. She was passionate about training up the next generation of scientists and was an advocate for diversity and inclusion.  Funds were donated towards this award by family members, colleagues and friends of Leanne to help train up the next generation of microfossil experts. An obituary for Leanne is available on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marmicro.2022.102095

The award is set for postgraduate and Early to Mid Career Researchers based in Australia and is to be administered by the Australasian Quaternary Association [AQUA].

The award consists of a travel stipend to the maximum of A$3000 and is offered at most once a year to a single candidate.  Preference will be given to travel where the applicant is seeking to learn microfossil identification or advanced characterization techniques from an expert(s).

Applicants for the award must provide a document up to three pages containing; (1) a brief research biography including details of their current research project; (2) the benefits of the travel grant for their research; (3) details of the opportunity (e.g. workshop or specialist conference) or expert(s) willing to host the applicant; and (4) a budget listing anticipated expenses. In addition, a letter of support is required from the applicant’s supervisor Application for this award is on condition of travel insurance being provided by the applicant’s institution.

A successful awardee must provide a letter of acceptance by the expert offering assistance and the proposed timing and duration of the visit.

Upon completion of the award, the applicant is to submit a report to be published in the AQUA newsletter.

Up to three official members of the AQUA committee, as well as two members of the Research School of Earth Sciences [RSES] at the ANU to be designated by its Director, are to oversee the applications once a year set by a date advertised on the AQUA web site as well as the RSES web site.

Conditions of the funds:

  • The funds are to be spent within a year of them being awarded.
  • The funds are to be administered by the AQUA Treasurer.
  • Once the funds have expired, this travel award will no longer be offered.

Applications for this year close on September 1, 2022 and are to be sent directly to AQUA’s President.

Applications to: president@aqua.org.au

Application close: 1 September 2022

Painting by Sarah Kachovich


If you would like to donate to The Leanne Armand Travel Fund, please contact the ANZIC Office for further details: iodp.administrator@anu.edu.au or alternatively +61 2 6125 3420.