The Doherty Lecture

Brand new in 2024, the Peter Doherty Lecture and Medal recognises an inspirational scientific leader up to 10 years post-PhD.  

The awardee will deliver the Peter Doherty Lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting and receive their medal following the lecture.

Nomination Round: April 9th - May 13th 2024


Launched to commemorate the Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty who together with Rolf Zinkernagel received the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1996. The work on which this award is based was published in 1974 making 2024 the 50 year anniversary of the publication of this historic work. At the time of the ground-breaking discoveries, Peter was 34 years old.

To recognize the innovative work that led to this award ASI will launch the Peter Doherty Medal at the 2024 ASI Annual Scientific Meeting Sydney, NSW, November 25-29.

Peter Doherty was the ASI President in 1985, IUIS President in 2007-2010, and was made an Honorary Life Member of ASI in 1997.

The Peter Doherty Medal recognizes an inspirational scientific leader up to 10 years post-PhD (except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career) in the calendar year of the award whose creativity, innovation and thoughtful insight has resulted in paradigm changing discoveries with the potential to set the field alight. The award may be made annually and is restricted to candidates who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand for research conducted mainly in Australia or New Zealand, and are an active member of the society.

The Awardee would deliver a Plenary Lecture and receive the Peter Doherty Medal following the lecture. He, she or they would also be invited to a special dinner held at the Annual Scientific Meeting to commemorate the Peter Doherty Medallist and Burnet Orator.

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology is committed to ensuring that all eligible researchers can be considered for awards including career interruption, relative to opportunity and diversity and inclusion criteria of the ASI to assess their opportunity to demonstrate scientific excellence.

Nomination Process

All current members of ASI are welcome to nominate an eligible ASI member. 

  1. Log in to your ASI Member profile and click on the tab 'Member Directory' to check that your nominee is an ASI Member.
  2. Click here to download the Doherty Lecturer nomination form.
  3. Save your file as "LASTNAME YYYY_Doherty nomination" as a single pdf file.
  4. Log in to your ASI Member profile, click on 'Applications' and follow the prompts. 

The Executive Committee reserves the right not to make an award.

Nominator Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominators must be current ASI members

Nominee Eligibility Criteria

  • Up to 10 years postdoctoral experience. Some career disruptions (such as maternity leave) may be taken into account. Please provide details if this is the case.
  • Nominees must be current ASI Members

Assessment Criteria

  • Contribution of the proposed nominee to the field
  • Value of the proposed nominee to ASI membership
  • Short (5-10) list of the nominee's recent major publications


The Awardee will deliver the Doherty Lecture and receive the Doherty Medal following this.

The Doherty Lecturer will also receive funding to support their conference travel.  This includes the conference registration fee (early bird rate), 2 nights accommodation and return economy-class flight costs.

Successful Awardee

The Doherty Medal will be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting and thus the awardee must attend and present the Doherty Lecture in-person.

Please log in to your member profile to submit your e-Newsletter contribution (or brief testimonial), provide receipts to support your claim, and to initiate the reimbursement process.

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