The 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes announced

The 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize winners were announced in Wellington by the Prime Minister at an awards ceremony at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

Prime Minister’s Science Prize: An individual or team who has made an transformative discovery or achievement in science that has had a significant impact on New Zealand or internationally.  The 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize was awarded to He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, University of Otago.

The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize: Awarded to an outstanding emerging scientist undertaking research for a PhD or within five years of the date of the award of their PhD: The 2014 winner of this prize is Dr Karl Iremonger, University of Otago.

The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize is given to a  science teacher for outstanding achievement in teaching Science: The 2014 winner of this prize is Terry Burrell, Learning Area Leader of Science at Onslow College, Wellington.

The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize is awarded to a secondary school student for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science research or technology project: The 2014 winner of this prize is Tim Logan from Darfield High School, Canterbury.

The Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize is awarded to a practising scientist who is an effective communicator, to further develop their knowledge of science media communication: The 2014 winner is Dr Michelle Dickinson at the University of Auckland.

Further Information:

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Media Liaison:

Kay Foley 06 835 9474, 0274 442807;

Katherine Edmond 027 274 0465;



The 5 Winners of the Prime Ministers Science Prizes: Michelle Dickinson, Terry Burrell, Karl Iremonger, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Tim Logan and Prime Minister's Rt Hon John Key. December 02, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.



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