ASCEPT Lecture Award

The BTS has an exchange scheme with the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologist (ASCEPT), which provides an opportunity for a BTS member to attend the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting to deliver the BTS Keynote Presentation, form new collaborations and visit a number of universities and institutions in Australasia to present additional lecture(s) where appropriate.

The successful candidate will be an active contributor to the field of toxicology and/or pharmacology, and be keen to use the opportunity to build contacts and networks to further develop their work.

2023 award application deadline: Friday 28th April 2023

Candidate Attributes

Supports a BTS Member to travel to the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting to deliver the BTS keynote presentation and build collaborations by visiting other institutions.


Biennially on a competitive basis.

  • Deliver the BTS Keynote Lecture at the ASCEPT Meeting.
  • Return flight (best economy fare) from UK to Australasia (covered by BTS).
  • Up to AUS $5000 towards travel, accommodation and subsistence whilst attending the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting and visiting other institutions in Australasia (covered by ASCEPT).
  • Full BTS member for at least 2 years prior to the application deadline.
  • Application supported by 2 BTS members.
  • Awardee must present the BTS Keynote Presentation at the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting and should arrange to deliver additional lectures in other institution(s) during their visit to Australasia.
  • Once awarded, the successful applicant cannot apply again for 3 years.
  • Open to all members and is independent of age, career stage or place of employment.
Application requirements

The candidate should send the following information to the BTS Secretariat ( by the published deadline:

  • Brief Description (of no more than 1000 words) of the candidate’s achievements in the field of toxicology.
  • Summary (of no more than 200 words) of the candidate’s plans to visit other institutions during their time in Australasia.
  • Full CV.
  • List of peer-reviewed publications or significant pieces of work.
  • The names and contact details for two BTS members supporting the application.
  • Applications should be submitted to the BTS Secretariat ( in response to a call to the Membership normally in January of the year of the award with a deadline normally by the end of April.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Nominations Sub-Committee (NSC), which makes recommendations for approval by the Executive Committee.
  • The successful applicant will be notified by the President by the end of May preceding the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting (which is generally held in November/December).
  • ASCEPT will send a formal letter of invitation to the awardee.
  • The awardee will receive instructions from ASCEPT for attending the Annual Scientific Meeting, and will be responsible for arranging travel and accommodation for visits to other institutions whilst in Australasia.
  • Expense claims are to be submitted to BTS for the return flights and to ASCEPT for ground costs incurred whilst in Australasia.
  • All expense claims to BTS must be in-line with the BTS Travel Policy.
  • Upon return, the awardee will provide a reflective account of experience for the BTS website and/or a review article for submission to the journal Toxicology Research.

Ascept LogoAbout ASCEPT

The Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologist (ASCEPT) is the professional and independent Society in Australia and New Zealand with expertise in the use and toxicity of medicines and chemicals. Established in 1966, ASCEPT is affiliated with the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX)

1996    David Ray

1998    Iain Purchase

2000    Kevin Park

2002    Gay Hawksworth

2004    Nick Bateman

2006    Kelly BéruBé

2008    Matthew Wright

2010    Tim Gant

2012    [No award made]

2014    [No award made]

2016    [Rescinded]

2018    John Thompson

2020    [Postponed due to Pandemic]

2021    Amy Chadwick

2023   Marion MacFarlane