National Final of the 2019 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards

The finals will be hosted at Massey University in Lecture Theater 4B06, doors open at 12pm, and will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person at To find a map and up to date time table check out the national final event page.

The final of the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards will see students from across the country present speeches on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can increase New Zealand's economic, social and environmental wealth and well-being.

There are 12 finalists – 6 secondary students before afternoon tea and 6 tertiary after afternoon tea. Each speaker will have 12 minutes to present and then the judges will have the opportunity to ask questions for up to 3 minutes. At around 2.30pm afternoon tea will be served in the foyer outside and the results of this competition will be announced at the end of the day. In addition there will be three six minute presentations from scholarship recipients. The Judges are Dr Russ Ballard, Prof Margaret Hyland, Kim Hill, Dr Michelle Dickenson and Dr William Rolleston.

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards: National Final Timetable

Thursday, 12th September

12.00pm - Doors Open

12.30pm - Opening of Eureka!

Welcome: President Rotary Club of Wellington

Keynote: Dr Keith McLea – CEO ESR


Nathan Chen, Auckland Grammar School: “Fungi: Natures Versatile Glue”  

Lila Madden , Cashmere High School: “Revolutionary Ryegrass”

Allan Mbita, St Patricks College: “Bioprinted organs”

Faolan Okan, Mt Albert Grammar School: “Ammonia treatment in wastewater: a new approach”    

Finlay player, Scots College: “Rethinking Paper”    

Cullen Tran, Scots College: “Bioremediation to banish plastics” 


Afternoon Tea


 Karan Banker, University of Auckland: “ A Step closer to preventing falls” 

Daniel Blair, University of Auckland: “Fungi Framing: facilitating the use of soil as a sink for atmospheric carbon”

Louis Davis, University of Otago: “ PNI: A novel solution for drying damp homes” 

Brandon Jones, Massey University: “Early detection of American FoulBrood using Machine Learning” 

Lewis MacKinnon, Massey University: “An Unlikely Ally in the Battle for Bees and Beyond” 

Marie Potthoff,  Massey University: “Critical Help, The role of neural nets in hospital staffing” 


Scholarship Presentations


Presentation of Merit Awards and Scholarships

Announcement of Highly Commended and Premier Award Winner