We’re thrilled to celebrate another year of scientific excellence and innovation

Technology has always played a crucial role in scientific research and development, but in recent years, it has become an even more essential tool. From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, technology is pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve and enabling us to explore new frontiers.

This year’s Kudos Awards will celebrate the educators, scientists, and innovators who are embracing technology and using it to advance our understanding of the world around us. We can’t wait to see the amazing things that they’ve accomplished!

Congratulations to our 2023 finalists and winners

This year’s finalists highlight a wide range of scientific research and discoveries, demonstrating our wealth of scientific talent throughout the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

Science Spinners Science Teacher / Educator / Communicator Award

Hilary Johnson, Katikati College (Winner)

Lian Soh, Pāpāmoa College

Dr. Anuj Bhargava, Pūtahi Manawa, Manaaki Manawa

Hill Labs Primary Industries Award

LIC Variant Discovery Team (Winner)

Cattle Urine Sensor Team, AgResearch

Hamilton City Council Emerging Scientist Award

Dr. Luke Harrington, University of Waikato (Winner)

Dr. Kiri J. Wallace, University of Waikato

Dr. Swati Jivanji, LIC

Katrin G. Hewitt, AgResearch

Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award

Te Kūwaha o Taihoro Nukurangi, NIWA (Winner)

State of Environment Team led by Thomas Wilding, Waikato Regional Council

Dr. Luke Harrington, University of Waikato

Science and Technology Award

Cattle Urine Sensor Team, AgResearch (Winner)

Alexios Kavallaris, Gnosis

Te Whatu Ora Waikato Medical Scientist Award

Dr. Manar Khashram, Waikato Hospital (Winner)

Dr. Matthew CL Phillips, Waikato Hospital

Associate Professor Lynne Chepulis, Waikato Medical Research Centre

University of Waikato Vision Maatauranga Award

Te Kūwaha o Taihoro Nukurangi, NIWA (Winner)

Dr. Matthew CL Phillips, Waikato Hospital

Lian Soh, Pāpāmoa College

The Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Steve Davis, LIC

Important dates for 2023

Entries open:
Entries now open

Entries close:
Thursday 31 August, 2023

Entry assessment:

Finalists announced:
Wednesday 11 October, 2023

Finalist visits:

Awards Gala Dinner:
Friday 24 November, 2023

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 our Kudos Awards Gala dinner to celebrate their success and showcase their work to the science community. Our 2023 black-tie ceremony is hosted at Claudelands Event Centre. Together with our sponsors, we have awarded over $450,000 in prize money funding future research and breakthroughs.

The Kudos Awards Gala Dinner

24 November 2024

The Claudelands Event Centre, Cnr Brooklyn Rd, and Heaphy Tce


6.00pm    Pre-dinner cocktails

7.00pm    Formal Awards Dinner and Presentation

Earlybird Gala Ticket (must be paid for before August 10)

Individual $180 + GST

Corporate Table of 10 $1800 + GST

High School student $85 + GST

Gala Ticket (after August 10)

Individual $190 + GST

Corporate Table of 10 $1900 + GST

High School student $90 + GST

Past Awards Gala Photos

The KUDOS AWARDS 2023 Photo Gallery: https://bit.ly/KudosAwards2023

The KUDOS AWARDS 2020 Photo Gallery: https://tinyurl.com/KuDos-Awards-2020

The KUDOS AWARDS 2019 Photo Gallery: https://tinyurl.com/KuDos2019-Photos