A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with the opening of nominations for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards, a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT.
The Awards – first launched at the 2016 Festival – aim to acknowledge the work of science in our everyday lives and the difference the people committed to the field make, from the region’s scientists to teachers, students, community groups, volunteers and business people.
New Zealand International Science Festival Director Dan Hendra is encouraging people to nominate someone they believe “is making a difference to the way we understand our world, whether it’s a national or international contribution – or at a community level.”
Awards categories include:
• The University of Otago – Lifetime Achievement
(In recognition to dedication and achievement in the field of sciences
• The Otago Polytechnic – Sustainability
(In recognition of sustainable practices integrated into their work and practice)
• Otago Museum – Science Communicator
(In recognition of excellence in communication in the sciences to a non-science crowd)
• Vodafone – Business
(In recognition of an individual in business that is leading science and innovation)
• Mitre10 MEGA – Future Scientist
(In recognition of a Year 12 or Year 13 student who has undertaken an outstanding science, technology, mathematics or engineering project)
• ADInstruments – Emerging Scientist (tertiary level student)
(In recognition of an emerging scientist in the tertiary sector who is becoming established in their field)
• Science in Action – Science Teacher Award
(In recognition of a registered primary, intermediate or secondary school teacher who is teaching science, mathematics, technology in the New Zealand curriculum).
Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival website (HERE) and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm.
Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.