The perfect opportunity for a Kudos Awards Showcase

After two postponements last year, we’re back in a reinvigorated format, replacing the 2022 call for nominations with the Kudos Awards Showcase. This inspiring event of past and present will recognise our 2021 scientists and launch the inaugural Kudos Hall of Fame, spotlighting past Kudos scientists whose work has taken the region and New Zealand onto the international stage.

Congratulations to our 2021/2022 finalists and winners

Wintec Secondary Science Teacher/Educator Award

Mrs Chris Duggan (W)

Mr Jason Morgan

Ms Fiona Wolff

Hamilton City Council Emerging Scientist Award

Dr. Megan Grainger (W)

Dr. Terry Issons

Dr. Anica Klockars

Datamars Engineering Science Award

Dr. Shen Hin Lim (W)

Dr. Leandro Bolzoni

Hill Laboratories Primary Industries Award

Scion/Agrisea Nanocellulose from Seaweed Team (W)

AgResearch Life Cycle Assessment Team

Prof. Mathew Littlejohn

Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award

Dr. Charles Lee (W)

Paul Champion

Prof. Kura Paul-Burke

Te Whatu Ora Waikato Medical Science Award

Assoc. Prof. Bridgette Masters- Awatere (W)

Dr. Etuini Ma’u

Assoc. Prof. Joseph Baker

University of Waikato Vision Mātauranga Science Award

Prof. Kura Paul-Burke (W)

Assoc. Prof. Bridgette Masters-Awatere

The Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Alan Hogg


Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee

Dr. Patrick Shannon, QSM (posthumously)

Tickets are on sale for the 15th Kudos Awards Showcase at the Claudelands Event Centre on September 14, 2022


5.30pm    Pre-function Event

6.30pm    Formal Awards Dinner and Award presentation

10.30pm  Lounge Bar Opens

Gala Ticket

Individual $170 + GST

Table of 10 $1600 + GST

High School student $90 + GST

Please note: if you are attending as part of a group booking but paying for your own ticket please co-ordinate this with your group directly to avoid double bookings.

The Kudos Process


Our panel of expert judges will review each entry to decide up to three finalists for each category. They will select the category winner from these three finalists. Each panel consists of 1 judge convener and 2-3 expert panellists. Judges are appointed by the Kudos Science Trust from a group of scientist experts in their fields.


We pride ourselves on sharing our finalists’ stories, celebrating their discoveries and acknowledge their research and hard work. If chosen as a finalist, we will require a day of your time to create a short film highlighting your story which will be shown at our Gala Dinner and hosted on our website as a part of the Scientist Gallery.


Finalists are invited to attend our Kudos Awards Gala dinner to celebrate their success showcase their work to the science community. Our 2021 black tie ceremony is hosted by Jesse Mulligan at Claudelands Event Centre. Together with our sponsors we have awarded over $407,000 in prize money funding future research and breakthroughs.

Past Awards Gala Photos

The KUDOS AWARDS 2020 Photo Gallery:

The KUDOS AWARDS 2019 Photo Gallery: