Twenty incredible scientists to be recognised at the 2021 Awards

The richness of scientific expertise will be on full display at the 2021 Kudos Science Excellence Awards as we celebrate finalists from across the regions. High nomination numbers we’ve received reflect both the growing scope and reputation of the Kudos, as well as the continuing growth of science and innovation in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Thank you to everyone who made a nomination, and congratulations to all of the finalists. We look forward to announcing the winners and celebrating their success at the Awards Dinner on 3 March.

Announcing the Finalists

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

Datamars Engineering Science Award

Dr. Leandro Bolzoni

Dr. Shen Hin Lim

Hill Laboratories Primary Industries Award

AgResearch Life Cycle Assessment Team

Prof. Mathew Littlejohn

Scion/Agrisea Nanocellulose from Seaweed Team

Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award

Assoc. Prof. Kura Paul-Burke

Paul Champion

Dr. Charles Lee

Waikato DHB Medical Science Award

Assoc. Prof. Bridgette Masters- Awatere

Dr. Etuini Ma’u

Assoc. Prof. Joseph Baker

University of Waikato Vision Mātauranga Science Award

Assoc. Prof. Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Assoc. Prof. Kura Paul-Burke

The Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award

Will be announced at the awards dinner

Tickets are on sale for the 2021 Kudos Gala Dinner at the Claudelands Event Centre.

Please note that our event set for Thursday 2 December has been postponed due to the current Alert Level Status. The new event date is Thursday 3 March, 2022.


6.00pm    Pre-function Event

7.00pm    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

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: