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.
During the month of November our advertisement about the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards was aired 379,741 times and as a result 59,127 unique students clicked on the link and were taken to our SPCEA landing page.
During 2018, the Deep South National Science Challenge and the Science in Society group will be offering workshops and masterclasses to build skills and capacity in communication and engagement about climate change.
The Eureka! Programme will once again offer great opportunities during 2018 for students and their teachers to show their passion for and understanding of the value science and technology can deliver for New Zealand and the world.