ZSL's programme of science and conservation awards recognises outstanding contributions in the following categories. To nominate a candidate for an award, please email Linda DaVolls.
ZSL Science Awards
ZSL Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize
Awarded to pupils under 19 years of age at school or sixth form college in the UK, for an account of practical work involving some aspect of animal biology.
ZSL Charles Darwin Award and Marsh Prize
Awarded for an outstanding zoological research project by an undergraduate attending a university in the UK.
ZSL Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize
Awarded to a postgraduate research biologist attending university in the UK for original work submitted as a doctoral thesis.
ZSL Scientific Medal
Awarded to research scientists with up to 15 years postdoctoral experience for distinguished work in Zoology. A four year career break for family responsibilities or illness may be added. Up to three medals are awarded annually.
ZSL Silver Medal
Awarded for contributions to the understanding and appreciation of zoology, including public education in natural history, and wildlife conservation.
ZSL Stamford Raffles Award
For individuals who have made outstanding contributions to zoology outside the scope of their professional activities.
Previous winners of the Stamford Raffles Award Stamford Raffles Award Winners.pdf (84.61 KB) (84.61 KB)
ZSL Frink Medal
For significant and original contributions by a professional zoologist to the development of zoology.
ZSL Marsh Award for Conservation Biology
For contributions of fundamental science and its application to the conservation of animal species and habitats.
ZSL Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation
For contributions of fundamental science and its application to the conservation in marine and/or freshwater ecosystems.
ZSL/Clarivate Analytics Award for Communicating Zoology
Awarded for a communication of a zoological nature that has an outstanding impact on a general audience. The impact may be measured in terms of outstanding quality, novelty, innovation or accessibility for a wide audience.
The ZSL Medal
The ZSL Medal is awarded to serving or recently retired staff for outstanding achievement in the service of ZSL, and/or an outstanding contributions over an extended period of time.
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Honorary Fellowship of the Zoological Society of London
Awarded to individuals associated with the Society who have, through their scientific or professional activities, promoted the objectives of the Society.
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The ZSL Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Zoo Community
Awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding, long-term contribution to the international zoo and aquarium community.
ZSL Conservation Awards
ZSL recognises outstanding achievements in conservation through an annual presentation of awards. Candidates are proposed by ZSL’s Honorary Conservation Fellows and winners are selected by ZSL’s Conservation Committee, following external review.
The ZSL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Conservation
ZSL is delighted to present Professor Charles Sheppard with the ZSL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Conservation.
Charles has spent much of his career as a staunch advocate of protection for coral reefs. Since 1979, he has led many expeditions to the Chagos Archipelago, bringing the extraordinary reefs and wildlife of Chagos to the attention of the wider world. Charles has written extensively on the threats to coral reefs and the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and alleviate local stresses to save these vulnerable habitats. Indeed, he has campaigned the longest and hardest of all who have been involved in protecting Chagos, succeeding in 2010 with the declaration of what was, at the time, the world’s largest no-take marine reserve.
Charles has made exceptional contributions to both science and policy, particularly in his role as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). His efforts in BIOT, recognised when he was awarded an OBE in 2014, are likely to play a critical role in helping the region cope with the many environmental problems now besetting other coastal and island states in the Indian Ocean.
His contributions to the understanding of climate change and oceans mean that, since 2004, Charles has served as a review member of Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), which along with his longstanding and influential conservation and ecology work in the Persian Gulf, demonstrate two examples of his professional eminence and international leadership.
Charles is one of those scientists who is admirable both for the rigour of his work and his willingness to speak out publicly on what it means for policy. Always prepared to speak truth to power, he is an outstanding ambassador for science. Through Charles’ efforts, and the network of scientists and advocates for conservation that he has inspired, future generations may still be able to enjoy the wonderful spectacle of a healthy coral reef.