Distinguished Service Award

Established 2001

Over the years, large numbers of SCI Members have willingly given their time and energies to help the Society flourish. SCI has many ways in which the efforts of talented and committed volunteers are recognised; one of the most prized is the Distinguished Service Award.

Normally, a maximum of three DSAs are presented in any one year.

Award Information

Award History

Launched in 2001 (the year the United Nations celebrated the International Year of the Volunteer), this award offers a chance to applaud the enthusiasm, hard work and goodwill of longer-serving Members from all parts of the Society.


Nominations can be made by any SCI member, or SCI staff member, via completion of the online application form. Nominators should detail the achievements of their nominee in no more than 500 words.

Members of the Board, major committees and Groups are particularly invited to do so. Nominees should not be informed that they are being nominated, the process should remain confidential.

Presentation Details

Selected by members of SCI's Membership subcommittee and a member of the Executive team, nominators and successful nominees are informed of the decision by mid-May following the nomination assessment.

The Award consists of a certificate that is presented at the SCI Conference Day / Annual General Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Long-term committee service (dates to be checked by the executive)
    • Service on one or more committees
    • Service deemed to be exceptional by nominator
    Career Stage
    • Senior
    • Service to SCI

SCI e-members are not eligible to be nominated, nor to make a nomination, for a Distinguished Service Award.


Nominations open 5 February 2024
Nominations close 5pm on 31 March 2023
Frequency Annual

Additional Information

Code of Ethics for Members

Other SCI Awards

Lampitt Medal

The Lampitt Medal commemorates Leslie Lampitt (1887-1957), who worked tirelessly for SCI in many roles throughout his life. The Lampitt Medal provides a means by which SCI can honour members who have given their own gifts of time, leadership, vision and enthusiasm to more than one area of the Society's activities.

The Society Medal

The Society Medal is SCI's most prestigious medal. It was first awarded to John Glover in 1896, the inventor of the Glover Tower. The Society Medal has become recognised as a major accolade, marking outstanding contributions to the territory 'Where Science Meets Business'.

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