Meeting prizes

 

The Norman Heaps Prize

For the best verbal presentation by a non-established researcher at the Challenger biennial meeting.
The Norman Heaps prize was first awarded in 1988, and is awarded for the best oral presentation by an early-career stage non-established scientist. Norman Heaps was a shelf-sea modeller who died in 1986.  He was a particularly clear speaker, with an enthusiastic, lively and entertaining way of delivering a talk.

 
The Cath Allen Prize

For the best poster presentation at the Challenger biennial meeting.
The Best Poster Prize was first awarded in 1988 and was renamed in the honour Cath Allen in 1991. Cath Allen was a researcher in fluid dynamics at the University of Lancaster, who died in 1991.  The Challenger Society introduced the prize to combat the idea that contributing to a conference poster session is a second best alternative to delivering a paper, even though a poster needs to be at least as well thought-out as a talk. 

 
The President's Photographic Competition

For the best Photograph on a designated theme.
The President's Prize for the best Photograph on a designated theme was introduced in 1994 (President Dr Brian McCartney)

 

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