The Barnett Award

The Barnett Award and named lecture was established in memory of environmental statistician, Professor Vic Barnett. It is awarded annually to encourage and promote the recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of environmental statistics.

The Barnett Award winner delivers the Barnett Lecture at the RSS Annual Conference.

The nomination form contains the criteria for this award. We also recommend reading the Guidance Notes available at before completing the form. Nominations are open between 1 May to 31 October each year. 

2023 recipient: Marc Genton​
The Barnet Award is presented to Marc Genton for his international impact in the area of environmental statistics. He is particularly recognised for his work in spatial and spatio-temporal statistics with applications in environmental problems, with almost 300 publications garnering over 14,600 citations. 

2022 recipient: Ruth King
Ruth King is internationally known for her work in statistical ecology, and in particular, bringing to prominence in this field the use of Bayesian statistics. Read the full citation.

2021 recipient: Jonathan Rougier 
For internationally recognised contributions in the field of environmental statistics, risk and uncertainty quantification. Read the full citation.

2020 recipient: Byron JT Morgan   
For his ground-breaking work in statistical ecology. 

Watch Barnett Lectures by previous recipients.

Nomination form and criteria 

Barnet Award Nomination form