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2019 Research Honours Aotearoa

Our annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and contributions of innovators, kairangahau Māori, researchers and scholars in science, technology and humanities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

This event recognises outstanding New Zealanders from Aotearoa's research community. 

For the first time, the ceremony will be available to watch by livestream - for updates, please follow us on Twitter or Facebook #RHA2019.

This year will also feature the inaugural presentation of Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori Award, which recognises co-created research conducted by Māori.

We would like to warmly invite you to join us in Ōtepoti Dunedin for this special occasion.

2019 Research Honours Aotearoa

Ōtepoti Dunedin | Dunedin Town Hall, 1 Harrop Street

Rāpare Thursday 17 Whiringa-ā-nuku October

5:45pm for pre-award drinks with the formal ceremony from 6:45pm

Dress is evening wear with black-tie optional.

Tickets are $195 excl. GST 

Tickets are strictly limited.  If you and/or your colleagues are interested in attending, please email our events coordinator directly, Annabel Hay, annabel.hay@royalsociety.org.nz.

2019 medals and awards

The Royal Society Te Apārangi will present the following medals and awards:

  • Callaghan Medal – for outstanding contribution to science communication, in particular raising public awareness of the value of science to human progress
  • Cooper Award – for excellence by an early career researcher in either technology, applied sciences and engineering
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences – for social sciences research in New Zealand
  • Hamilton Award – for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for scientific  research in New Zealand
  • Hatherton Award – for the best scientific paper by a PhD student at any New Zealand university in chemical sciences, physical sciences, or mathematical and information sciences
  • Hector Medal – for outstanding work in chemical, physical sciences, or mathematical and information sciences
  • Humanities Aronui Medal – for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the humanities
  • Hutton Medal – for significantly advancing understanding in animal sciences, earth sciences or plant sciences
  • MacDiarmid Medal – for outstanding scientific research that demonstrates the potential for application to human benefit
  • Pickering Medal – recognises excellence and innovation in the practical applications of technology
  • Pou Aronui Award – for distinguished service to the humanities-aronui
  • Rutherford Medal – for exceptional contributions to New Zealand society and culture through activities in the broad fields of science, mathematics, social science, and technology
  • Scott Medal – for work of great merit by an engineering, science or technology researcher in New Zealand
  • Te Kōpūnui Māori Research Award – for an early career researcher to recognise innovative Māori research with a promising trajectory 
  • Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori Award – recognises co-created research conducted by Māori
  • Te Rangi Hiroa Medal – for work in social history, cultural diversity, socioeconomics or medical anthropology
  • Thomson Medal – for outstanding contributions to the organisation, support and application of science and/or technology in New Zealand

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) will also present the following medals and awards:

  • Beaven Medal – for excellence in translational health research
  • Liley Medal – to recognise an individual or research team whose recent research has produced a significant breakthrough within the health and medical fields
  • Te Tohu Rapuora Award – for Māori health research leadership, excellence and contribution

2019 Research Honours Aotearoa event partners

Royal Society Te Apārangi is grateful for the support from our event partners: 

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Royal Society Te Apārangi


Dunedin Town Hall,
1 Harrop Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago,
Te Waipounamu

5:45pm Thu 17 October, 2019 - 11:00pm Thu 17 October, 2019