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Learn how to nominate someone for the MacDiarmid Medal.


Please note that this medal is  open to team nominations as well as individual nominations. No more than four contributors can be named as team leaders but the contribution of others may be acknowledged.

An online Nomination must be completed. Nominations may be made by any person, other than the nominee. Please email the Academy (academy@royalsociety.org.nz) if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. When seeking to apply for a team nomination, Nominators should indicate that they should be sent a team nomination URL.

Nominations are to include one set of the following:

  • One sentence citation of not more than 25 words, describing the achievement, which may be used for publicity purposes;
  • Nomination summary of not more than 100 words, that clearly explains the research's potential for application to human benefit to a non-specialist;
  • Nomination statement of no more than 500 words outlining the candidate’s/team's contribution to outstanding scientific research that demonstrates the potential for application to human benefit;
  • Supporting documents
    • Curriculum vitae(s) of nominee/team leaders (up to four);
    • List of ten most important publications or most significant pieces of evidence (up to 10 max.) by the nominee/team;
    • Two references (to be arranged by the nominator), at least one from outside the nominee/team’s institution. Please note that referees should be independent from the nominee.

Please note:

  1. The Nominee section for team applications, should include the team name. CVs of up to four team leaders may be included with the nomination. The Nomination Statement should make clear the contributions of the team leaders to the success of the team.
  2. Publications should include the names of all authors (Initials and Surname) and the full title of the journal in which a paper is published. Abbreviations should not be used.
  3. “Working within New Zealand” includes all those who were employed in New Zealand for more than 50% of the time during which they performed the work that is being considered in making the award; and/or all those who were resident in New Zealand during that time.
  4. Please also review general criteria that apply to all Royal Society Te Apārangi medals and awards.