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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.

Award details

Discipline: Communication

Award offered: Yearly

Prize: Medal

The Callaghan Medal is awarded annually to a person who has, while in New Zealand, made an outstanding contribution to science and/or technology communication, in particular raising public awareness of the value of science and/or technology to human progress.

Sir Paul Callaghan FRSNZ was one of New Zealand’s most high profile scientists and in 2011 he was named New Zealander of the Year. He was also a highly respected science administrator, teacher and communicator. He passionately advocated finding ways to reverse the “brain drain” and “make New Zealand a place where talent wants to live.” In his view, New Zealand’s economic growth could be widened by using science and technology that is “world class and homegrown”. In recent years, he was at the forefront of connecting science and business and communicating science to the public.

Current status

The 2021 round is now open, and nominations should be made by 31 March 2021.

To make a nomination, please contact academy@royalsociety.org.nz  and a URL will be sent to you to access the nomination web portal.