Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Brightest minds shine in Kudos Science Awards

The originality and diversity of Waikato and Bay of Plenty’s brightest minds is evident in the finalists selected for the 2021 Kudos Science Excellence Awards.


Finalists this year range from world-leading robotic harvesting technology that uses Time of Flight technology, computer vision and machine learning to selectively harvest asparagus; to research clarifying the link between silica-rich marine ecosystems and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, with big implications for climate change.


Altogether, 20 incredible finalists are in the running to receive one of eight awards at the gala event of New Zealand’s premier regional science excellence awards, held in Hamilton in September.


Kudos Science Trust CEO, Soteria Ieremia, says the calibre of the finalists is world-class, and the work they are doing is of vital importance to the continuing growth of science and innovation in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.


“These nominees range from people actively working to bring science education to life in our schools, to those improving health outcomes in our local communities.


“From producing nanocellulose products from seaweed as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastics, to improving the productivity and health of cattle through exploring key genetic variants in the bovine genome, these finalists are combining cutting-edge science with innovative thinking to tackle real world issues.


“We look forward to recognising these amazing thinkers for their talent and hard work at the 2021 Kudos Science Excellence Awards ceremony.”


Chair of the Kudos Science Trust, Professor Ross Lawrenson adds that the Awards, which have taken place since 2007, have played an important part in expanding the region’s reputation as a thriving hub of science.


“We’re thankful for the continuing support of our sponsors and to everyone who made a nomination for their contribution to strengthening our scientific community.
“Congratulations to all of the finalists. We look forward to announcing the winners and celebrating their success at the awards dinner,” says Lawrenson.

Tickets for the 2021 Kudos Awards Annual Gala Dinner, taking place at Claudelands Event Centre on Thursday 30 September, are available at thekudos.org.nz


The finalists of the 2021 Kudos Science Excellence Awards are:


Wintec Secondary Science Teacher/Educator Award
Mrs Chris Duggan
Mr Jason Morgan
Ms Fiona Wolff


Hamilton City Council Emerging Scientist Award
Dr Megan Grainger
Dr Terry Issons
Dr Anica Klockars


Hill Laboratories Primary Industries Award
Agresearch Life Cycle Assessment Team
Prof Mathew Littlejohn
Scion/Agrisea Nanocellulose from Seaweed Team


DATAMARS LIVESTOCK Engineering Award
Dr Leandro Bolzoni
Dr Shen Hin Lim


Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award
Assoc Prof Kura Paul-Burke
Paul Champion
Dr Charles Lee


Waikato DHB Medical Science Award
Dr Etuini Ma’u
Assoc Prof Bridgette Masters-Awatere
Assoc Prof Joseph Baker


University of Waikato Vision Mātauranga Award
Assoc Prof Bridgette Masters-Awatere
Assoc Prof Kura Paul-Burke


The Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award
Will be announced at the awards dinner

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Reserve Bank: A least regrets approach to uncertainty

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua makes decisions about official interest rates in a way that is robust in the face of uncertainty about the economy, Reserve Bank Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby says in a speech published today*... More>>




Shocking Stuff: Lower Income Areas Paying More For Power

Analysis from Consumer NZ and Powerswitch has found major differences in electricity pricing depending on where you live, with those in lower income areas being hit the hardest... More>>



Science Media Centre: Understanding DDoS cyber attacks – Expert Reaction

Cyber attacks have hit several New Zealand organisations this month, disrupting their online services. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks were the same kind of cyber attack that affected the NZX around this time last year... More>>



Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>


Energy-from-waste: $350 Million Plant To Deliver Renewable Energy Considered

Investigations have begun into the viability of building an Energy-from-Waste plant that will safely convert 350,000 tonnes of waste, that would otherwise be dumped into South Island landfills annually, into renewable electricity... More>>

Olam: Confirms plans for commissioning of NZ dairy plant

OFI, a global leader in natural and sustainable food ingredient solutions, today confirmed plans to develop a new dairy processing facility at Tokoroa. It is now taking expressions of interest from potential farmer suppliers, employees, contractors, and general trade suppliers... More>>