2011 Prize Winners Announced

The winners of the 2011 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in Auckland today.    For more information please click on Winners 2011

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Entries for $1 million science prizes close soon

Nominations for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes close in early August, giving established and emerging New Zealand research teams and scientists three weeks to complete their entries for the country’s most valuable science awards.

Now in their sixth year, the five prizes are designed to raise the profile and prestige of science and to recognise talented scientists who are working on projects that are of real benefit to New Zealand. In total, they award $1 million. Read more…

MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize gives boost to researcher’s career

Dr Rob McKay, recipient of the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize in 2011, says winning the prize has added significant momentum to his career. The prize is worth $200,000, with $150,000 to be used for support the researcher’s ongoing work, and $50,000 for the recipient to use as they choose. Dr McKay’s specialist area is glacial sedimentology, where he uses marine sedimentary records and glacial deposits to reconstruct episodes of melting and cooling in Antarctica over the last 13 million years.
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Patience is a Virtue


Professors John Boys and Grant Covic from the University of Auckland won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for their work in pioneering wireless or inductive power transfer technology. Their discoveries are now used throughout the world, from factories that depend on automated systems or clean-room environments to charging electric vehicles.

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