Dr Gupta Vadakattu

2023 Fellowships award winner

conferred for exceptional achievement and distinction in any or all of soils-based research, technology, teaching, extension and/or the advancement of soil science” 

Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Waite Campus, SA 

Soil Science Australia may honour up to three members each year as new fellows. The honour is conferred in recognition of outstanding achievements and distinction in any areas related to soils and soil science. The nominee must be an active financial Ordinary or Honorary Life member of Soil Science Australia.

Nomination Process

Nominations are to be submitted via email and must include:

  • a proposer, a seconder and five supporters, all of whom are financial or honorary members of Soil Science Australia
  • a nomination statement up to 1000 words stating why the nominee is worthy of receiving a Fellowship and, where applicable, up to five of the nominee’s most significant publications or other works
  • the nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • names of at least three referees who can be contacted to provide a written report as to the standing and reputation of the nominee in the profession of soil science.
No more than three members Fellows may be appointed in any calendar year.
Once honoured, Fellows retain their title while they remain a financial Ordinary or Honorary Life member of Soil Science Australia.

Announcement of Fellows

Fellowships are announced by the Federal President or proxy at each Soil Science Australia national conference or another event determined by the Federal Council.

Benefits bestowed on Fellows

  • Use of relevant postnomials
  • Invitations to activities to contribute their knowledge, expertise, and experience.

Role of Fellows

  • Fellows serve to inspire and develop extraordinary future leaders.
  • They champion our associations’ impact and leadership in soil science.
  • When called on. they may help to create solutions to the most critical issues affecting our profession.

Soil Science Australia Fellows

2023Gupta VadakattuSA
2022Brajesh SinghNSW
2021None Awarded
2020None Awarded
2019Professor Robert Fitzpatrick CPSSSA
2019Professor Leigh Sullivan CPSSACT
2019Associate Professor Damien Field CPSSNSW
2018Dr Melissa Salt CPSSSA
2018Professor Caixian TangVIC
2017Professor Michael McLaughlanSA
2017Professor Balwant SinghNSW
2016Emeritus Professor Lynette AbbottWA
2016The Late Professor Steven RaineQLD
2016Professor Neal MenziesNSW
2015Professor Alexander McBratneyNSW
2015Professor Deli ChenVIC
2014Professor Pichhu RengasamySA