Appita Awards

Appita encourages and recognises both excellence and service in the industry through a number of awards.  Awards are made each year at the Appita Annual Conference. 

Appita L R Benjamin Medal

The Appita L R Benjamin Medal honours the late Louis Reginald Benjamin, CBE, a pioneer and leader in the development of the pulp and paper industry based on Australian eucalypts.

It is an award designed to encourage technical excellence, innovation and achievement.

The medal is available annually to be awarded to persons who have contributed in an outstanding way to the technical progress of the pulp and paper industry in Australia and New Zealand. The contribution should have been largely personal, and could be in research, development, engineering or management (provided the work managed was technical in nature).

The nominee need not be a member of Appita. The Award is in the form of a mounted silver medallion.


Jim Selway
L R Benjamin Medal (2016)

The award was presented at the Appita Opening Ceremony in Rotorua


Oertel Nadebaum Distinguished Service Award

The Oertel Nadebaum Distinguished Service Award honours the late Oertel Nadebaum, who gave outstanding service to Appita over more than two decades.

It is designed to provide recognition to Appita members who have made substantial non-technical contributions to Appita over a period of years. A member under consideration for the award should have been active in Appita for at least 10 years. The award is in the form of a plaque.


Dr Thomas Clark
Oertel Nadebaum Distinguished Service Award (2016)
The award was presented at the Appita Opening Ceremony in Rotorua

The Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize was presented at Appita 2015

The Appita Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize honours the late Dr Jasper Mardon who made many significant contributions to the development of papermaking and who was a firm supporter of the Australian and New Zealand paper industry, promoting research and training seminars to develop and provide growth opportunities.

The Prize is awarded annually for the best papermaking paper presented at the Appita Annual Conference. It is not intended to be a “lifetime achievement” or “service to the industry” award but is for a specific technology of papermaking. The Prize is in the form of a plaque presented to each author of the winning paper.

The Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize is also awarded by our sister associations, PAPTAC (Canada), TAPPI (USA) and PITA (UK)



Russell Allan
The Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize (2015)

(presented by Des Richardson on the right)



Ken Maddern Award

The Ken Maddern award is given to the best peer reviewed paper published in Appita Journal in the year. It is in memory of the late Dr Ken Maddern, Peer review Editor of Appita Journal from 2000 – 2006. Dr Maddern was a highly regarded researcher who diligently applied himself to the onerous task of coordinating the peer reviewed papers appearing in the Journal. His contribution is recognized in the high status of Appita Journal as measured by a number of institutions against its peers.

The award is judged by the Appita Journal editorial Board, based  on nominations received by readers.

Elias Retulianen
Pekka Martikainen
Oleg Timofeev

Drying tension and shrinkage in paper and board: Part 1 Single ply sheets of chemical and mechanical furnishes' and
‘Drying tension and shrinkage in paper and board: Part 2 A symmetric three-ply board’

(Appita Journal Jan - March 2015 )




The Best Mill Paper Prize, sponsored in 2016 by Visy Paper is awarded to the best paper presented at the conference, by a person working in a pulp and/or paper mill. It is based on technical content, quality of oral presentation, and audience interest. Valued at AUD 2,000, the prize is to be used for professional development.


Vlad Micic
Visy Paper, Reservoir

Optimisation of paper making at Visy Paper 2 through a bottom wire table upgrade
2016 Best Mill Paper
(Award presented by Iain Harris, Visy Paper on the left)



The New Speakers Contest, sponsored in 2016 by Australian Paper, is awarded to a person who is giving their first conference presentation. It is based on weighted criteria including quality of oral presentation, quality of audio visual aids, technical content, ability to answer questions and audience interest. Valued at AUD 2,000, the prize is to be used for professional development.



Brad Soutar
Australian Paper, Maryvale, Australia


"Kraft batch digester cooking optimisation"
2016 New Speakers Contest
(Award presented by Steve Carter, Australian Paper on the left)