The Kudos Science Trust supports and celebrates outstanding science achievements in the Waikato.

We strive to help regional scientists get national recognition, award prize money to help scientists pursue more research, attend international conferences and buy new equipment. We also strongly believe in recognising and rewarding top regional secondary school science students and aim to create opportunities for their scientific careers to prosper.

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

New Zealand’s premier regional science excellence Awards. Each year, the Kudos Awards recognise top scientists from Hamilton and the Waikato region. The Kudos are New Zealand’s most prestigious regional science awards, supporting our region’s reputation as a vital incubator for creative research discoveries and cutting-edge technology. With over 1,000 PhD scientists, New Zealand’s largest research centre at Ruakura and a thriving Innovation Park, Waikato contributes up to 20% of our national science, research and innovation ouput.


Science Spinners

Our science outreach programme for year 9 & 10 students in low decile Waikato schools. Science Spinners Creative Lab is run in November each year and aims to make science relevant to everyday life and expands students’ knowledge of science-based careers. Science Spinners is run with the support of Kudos Award-winning scientists, who present fun, interactive and creative activities in the Medical, Food Technology, Environmental, Digital Tech and Sport Science fields.

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