Important dates for 2021

Entries open:
Entries now closed

Entries close:
Entries now closed

Entry assessment:
July – Aug 2021

Finalists announced:
Aug 2021

Finalist visits:
Aug 2021

Awards Gala Dinner:
30 September 2021

What’s new in 2021

We’re excited to bring back the EMERGING SCIENTIST category for 2021 sponsored by Hamilton City Council.

For this and all other categories, we welcome and encourage nominations from all scientists, innovators and educators residing in the Greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.
We’d also like to reinforce that categories are not restricted to specific Science disciplines, e.g. 1. Chemical or Bio-Engineering can apply to either the Medical or Engineering categories. 2. Primary Industries can apply for Food, Agriculture/Horticulture or Forestry

If you are unsure or have any questions please contact us at

Why we celebrate

See the world of possibility that our scientists are discovering. Together we are rewarding achievement, sharing stories and fostering collaboration.


The Kudos Award recognise 8 categories of science excellence for 2021. These will apply broadly to all science disciplines and sectors including, primary industries, medical, engineering, environmental and education.

WINTEC Secondary Science Teacher/Educator Award
Hamilton City Council Emerging Scientist Award
Hill Laboratories Primary Industries Award
Datamars Engineering Science Award
Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award
Waikato DHB Medical Science Award
University of Waikato Vision Mātauranga Science Award
The Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award

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