2017 Medals and Awards

The 2017 Round will open in late 2016 with a closing date of 30 April, NOT 30 June as is usually the case. This is to allow the process to proceed in time for the Research Honours Dinner which will be held on 10 October 2017.

Please note: the Academy Executive Committee Bylaws (5. Medals and Awards) generally restrict a person from being recognised more than once by the Society for what is substantially the same contribution to research or scholarship or more than once in the same year. 

New Early Career Awards

Four early career awards be offered in 2017, which includes renaming two current awards. These are:

  • Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for the Humanities
  • Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences
  • Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science (the Hamilton Award)
  • Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Science and Engineering (the Cooper Award)

General criteria for all Medals and Awards

  • Significant parts of the work being recognised need to have been undertaken in New Zealand.
  • Council and Academy Executive Committee members cannot be nominated for any Royal Society of New Zealand awards or medals during their Council term.
  • The Academy Executive Committee may limit eligibility for any medal or award to ensure that no person is recognised more than once by the Society for what is substantially the same contribution to research or scholarship.
  • Unless the Academy Executive Committee decides there are extraordinary circumstances to justify an exception, there shall normally be a single winner of each award or medal in a given year.
  • Unless the Academy Executive Committee decides that there are extraordinary circumstances to justify an exception, no person shall be entitled to be awarded more than one medal or award in a given year.
  • The Academy Executive Committee shall be the final arbiter on the selection of medals and awards of the Society.

See list of medals and awards offered in 2016.

All Medals and Awards

  • Callaghan Medal

    Callaghan Medal

    Communication award, for outstanding contribution to science and/or technology communication, in particular raising public awareness of the value of science and/or technology to human progress, awarded annually.

  • Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement

    Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement

    Environmental science award for protection of the New Zealand environment, awarded every three years.

  • Cooper Award

    Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Sciences and Engineering

  • Cooper Medal

    Cooper Medal

    Physics and engineering award for best single account of original research, particularly benefitting New Zealand, awarded every two years.

  • Dame Joan Metge Medal

    Dame Joan Metge Medal

    Social sciences award for excellence and building relationships in the social science research community, awarded every two years.

  • Hamilton Award

    Hamilton Award

    Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science

  • Hatherton Award

    Hatherton Award

    Science award for best paper in physical sciences, earth sciences or mathematics and information sciences by a New Zealand University PhD, awarded annually.

  • Hector Medal

    Hector Medal

    Science award for outstanding work in chemical, physical or mathematical and information sciences by a researcher in New Zealand, awarded annually.

  • Hercus Medal

    Hercus Medal

    Health sciences award for excellence in molecular and cellular sciences, biomedical science or clinical science and public health, awarded every two years

  • Humanities Aronui Medal

    Humanities Aronui Medal

    Humanities award for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the Humanities, awarded annually.

  • Hutton Medal

    Hutton Medal

    Earth, plant and animal sciences award for outstanding work by a researcher in New Zealand, awarded annually.

  • Jones Medal

    Jones Medal

    Mathematical sciences award for lifetime achievement, awarded every two years.

  • Leonard Cockayne Lecture Award

    Leonard Cockayne Lecture Award

    Commemorating the life and work of Leonard Cockayne by the encouragement of botanical research in New Zealand.

  • MacDiarmid Medal

    MacDiarmid Medal

    Scientific research award for outstanding scientific research that demonstrates the potential for application to human benefit, awarded annually.

  • Mason Durie Medal

    Mason Durie Medal

    Award for advances in the frontiers of social science, awarded annually.

  • Pickering Medal

    Pickering Medal

    Technology award for excellence, awarded annually.

  • Pou Aronui Award

    Pou Aronui Award

    Humanities award for distinguished service to humanities-aronui over a sustained period of time, awarded annually.

  • Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities

    Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities for emerging researchers in humanities research in New Zealand, awarded annually.

  • Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences

    Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences for emerging researchers in social sciences research in New Zealand, awarded annually.

  • Rutherford Medal

    Rutherford Medal

    Science, mathematics, social science and technology award for exceptional contribution in New Zealand, awarded annually.

  • Scott Medal

    Scott Medal

    Engineering science and technology award for work of great merit by a research in New Zealand, awarded every two years.

  • T. K. Sidey Medal

    T. K. Sidey Medal

    Electromagnetic radiation award for outstanding scientific research, offered at irregular intervals.

  • Te Rangi Hiroa Medal

    Te Rangi Hiroa Medal

    Social sciences award for work in social history, cultural diversity, socioeconomics or medical anthropology, awarded every two years, in rotation among the disciplines.

  • Thomson Medal

    Thomson Medal

    Award for outstanding contributions to the organisation, support and application of science and/or technology and/or the humanities in New Zealand, awarded annually.