When we set up Eureka! back in 2011 we were hoping we’d start to build up a group of young New Zealanders who were passionate, eloquent and persuasive about the importance of science, technology, mathematics and engineering for the future of New Zealand and the planet - the people who would carry on the legacy of Sir Paul Callaghan.
2018 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Premier Award winner, George Mander from University oOtago, was presented with his trophy at the Young Science Leaders Forum by the Governor-General HE Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and last year's winner, Neakiry Kivi, also a student at Otago.
Farmers and politicians and scientists alike will all have the chance to watch and hear some of New Zealand's brightest young people grapple with the issues confronting agriculture on Friday 7 September when the first Governor-General's Eureka! Young Science Leaders Forum is held at Government House.
The Eureka! Trust wants to acknowledge the great contribution teachers make to our programme which (as our Mission Statement says) seeks "to identify and foster young leaders whop, through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision and persuasive communication skills, will bring about the vision of New Zealand as foreseen by Sir Paul Callaghan."
The 2018 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards, which seek to identify and develop future science and technology leaders, will feature a special forum hosted by the Vice-Regal Patron of the RCW Eureka! Trust, the Governor-General, The Rt Hon HE Dame Patsy Reddy.
New sponsor, Department of Conservation, has taken the bold step of allocating a Gold Internship worth $5,000 in addition to a Gold Secondary Student Scholarship (also worth $5,000) for participants in the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards for the next three years.
Andrew Tang, winner of the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Premier Award in 2016, has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Girdlers’ Scholarship, which will enable him to study Economics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, starting in October 2018.
The Eureka! Trust is looking for an experienced Manager to take the organisation forward to the next stage of its development. At the same time, it is looking for a person to take on the quite considerable administrative responsibilities that are now required. Both positions are part-time but will involve extended hours at peak times of the year.
MBIE's Chief Scientist, Professor Margaret Hyland has been appointed as a Trustee of the RCW Eureka Trust Board.
She has been selected as the Sir Paul Callaghan Trustee to bring to the Trust Board the values and skills portrayed by Sir Paul during his extensive science, technology, teaching and advocacy career. Previously the position had been filled by Sir Paul's widow, Miang Lim, and then his brother, Dr Jim Callaghan who retired last year.