Entries opened today (Tuesday May 1st) for the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes.

The awards aim to recognise the impact of science on New Zealander’s lives and celebrate the achievements of our current scientists and provide inspiration and encouragement for scientists of the future. The prizes were introduced in 2009 to raise the profile and prestige of science and scientists in our community.

There are five Prime Minister’s Science Prizes with a combined value of $1 million: the Science Prize, the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, the Science Teacher Prize, the Future Scientist Prize and the Science Media Communication Prize.

For more information on the prizes, how to enter and past winners of these prestigious awards, visit the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes website.

The 2012 Prize round closes 5pm, Tuesday 24th July – except for the Future Scientist Prize which closes on the 12th of October.









PM John Key with Dr Mark Quigley form the University of Canterbury, last year’s recipient of the Science Media Communication Prize. Dr Quigley received the honour for his impressive contribution to the increase in public understanding of the science behind earthquakes.

Posted by: Niki Lomax