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The Kudos Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

5th August 2018

The Kudos Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Finalists in Hamilton and Waikato’s prestigious regional science excellence awards “The Kudos Awards” were announced on Friday.

The Kudos Awards recognise and celebrate the region’s scientists, their innovative research and groundbreaking discoveries. Winners in eight science categories will be announced at the black tie gala dinner on Thursday 27th September. Hosted by local favourite Te Radar and featuring the Prime Minister’s new Chief Science Adviser Professor Juliet Gerrard as guest speaker, this is the region’s annual science celebration.

Waikato’s science and technology sector is thriving and boasts the highest proportion of scientists and technicians in New Zealand. They are major contributors to the region and country’s economy, leading the way in agricultural, medical and environmental science.

Scientists, educators, lab technicians and engineers from some of the region’s science powerhouses will be represented this year including the University of Waikato, Fonterra, Plant & Food Research, LIC, NIWA, Landcare Research and the Waikato DHB.

The Kudos Awards 2018 Finalists are:

Hamilton City Council Emerging Scientist

Dr Richard Bulmer, NIWA

Dr Brendan Gill, Fonterra

WINTEC Secondary Science Teacher/Educator Award

Andrea Soanes, University of Waikato

Jared Carpendale, Hamilton Boys High School

Hill Laboratories Laboratory Technician Award

Sarah Hailes, NIWA

Kathleen Dabell, University of Waikato

Brett Nichol, University of Waikato

Simcro Engineering Science Award

Dr Aydin Berenjian & Dr Mostafa Seifan, University of Waikato

Dr James K. Carson, University of Waikato

Kudos Science Trust Agricultural Science Award

LIC Space Team, LIC

Ruakura Plant Pathology Team, Plant & Food Research

Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award

Te Kuwaha o Taihoro Nukurangi (National Centre of Maori Environmental Research) NIWA

Dr Corrine Watts, Landcare Research

Waikato DHB Medical Science Award

Dr Tim Edwards, University of Waikato

Dr Jonni Koia, University of Waikato

Dr Michael Kaplan, Waikato DHB

University of Waikato Lifetime Achievement Award

Announced at the Kudos Awards Gala Dinner

The Kudos Awards Gala Dinner is open to the public and aims to profile the success of science in the region, and attract more students to science career paths. Tickets can be purchased at:

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