Are you in the early stages of your science career and conducting research related to the Australian dairy industry? If you have completed or are completing a diploma, under-graduate or post-graduate course at an Australian tertiary institution then you are eligible for the Australian Dairy Conference Young Scientist Award.

Designed to nurture scientific excellence with communication prowess – to facilitate the process of communicating quality science to farmers and peers, young scientists must convince fellow scientists and dairy farmers (who see a research levy deducted from each milk cheque), that their research is soundly based and has exciting implications for the future of the dairy industry.

The Young Dairy Scientist Award is a great opportunity to showcase your scientific work to the Australian dairy industry and develop interpersonal and presentation skills to ADC delegates and aims to be the most prestigious and esteemed national award for young dairy scientists. In 2024, the Award is proudly sponsored by the leading research institution the Gardiner Foundation.

Aimed at early-stage career scientists, the session forms part of the annual ADC program providing opportunity to showcase new technologies and research to farmer delegates and offering broader exposure for upcoming scientists and their areas of research.

Full conference registration is complimentary to finalists with the winner receiving a travel bursary to extend their specified area of research.For more information regarding the Young Scientist Award please contact ADC Scientific Director Richard Rawnsley at

Applications for ADC 2025 Melbourne are not yet available.

Congratulations to the 2024 ADC Young Dairy Scientist winner Laura Jensen who is currently extending her studies and research with Dairy Bio. Laura is researching how to identify and reduce heat stress in cows at La Trobe University. Past recipients of this award have gone on to forge stellar careers and we wish her all the best.

A big thank you to Award sponsor Gardiner Foundation who continue to provide opportunity through research, development and extension in the dairy industry.