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Scientist Nancy Millis’ legacy lives on through Parks Victoria award

Wednesday 7 March, 2018

The Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award honours the late Professor Nancy Millis, a pioneer for women in science, who began her career in agricultural sciences in the 1940s.

As only the fourth woman to be appointed professor at the University of Melbourne, Professor Millis’ talent and passion for microbiology resulted in a career that spanned more than 60 years.

During her life, her leadership was recognised by election to numerous academies of science, a professorship, an honorary doctorate and being featured on Australian stamps.

Professor Millis was a passionate supporter of Parks Victoria's work, as Chair of the Science and Management Effectiveness Advisory Committee since its inception, and participated in many Parks Victoria events. She attended the Parks Victoria’s Conservation Forum in June 2012, just a few months before she passed away at age 91.

Now in its fifth year, the award honours Professor Millis and recognises outstanding projects that foster excellence in applied science and benefit park management.

Applications for the Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award are open to men and women working in conservation science on Victoria’s parks estate. For further information and to download the application form visit:

Applications close on 16 April 2018 at 5pm and the winner will be announced on World Environment Day on 5 June 2018.

For further information call Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or email

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr Mark Norman:

“Parks Victoria is proud to honour Professor Nancy Millis through the Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award.”

“Science plays a crucial role in park management and will help protect Victoria’s rich nature into the future. It is central to collecting the best evidence and making the right decisions to protect our amazing wildlife, habitats and landscapes.”

“We need innovative solutions and a good scientific understanding of how best to tackle the many conservation issues that face our natural places and their diverse inhabitants.”

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