Soil Science Australia Fellow recognised in Australia Day Honours


The late Professor Steven Raine has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to soil science and agriculture, and to education. The posthumous award was announced in the Australia Day 2020 Honours List.

Professor Raine AM, a longstanding member of Soil Science Australia, was a stalwart of our sector playing a major role in championing the field among the broader science community, driving world-class research and education and reinvigorating the peak body and national membership base. He served on Branch and Federal Committees of our association for many years, and as a past-Chair of the Certified Professional Soil Scientist Executive, helped to define that accreditation program and promote its benefits to higher education, industry and government.

For over 20 years Professor Raine was based at the University of Southern Queensland, where most recently he led a cutting-edge research group as Executive Director of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment. In 2016, he was acknowledged as a Fellow of Soil Science Australia, the association’s highest award, for exceptional achievement and distinction in soils research, teaching, extension and the advancement of field.

Professor Raine passed away in September 2018, aged just 51. His vision, great intellect and keen sense of collaboration is deeply missed by our soil science community, but his legacy is now boldly carried forward by his many students and peers who were privileged to work beside him and are proud to honour his memory and achievements—a wonderful testament to an exceptional scientific leader.
PIc: Professor Steven Raine receiving his Soil Science Australia Fellowship from Professor John Bennett in 2016.

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