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How to nominate for the Pickering Medal.

An online Nomination must be completed.

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.


The Pickering Medal is awarded annually to a person or team who, while in New Zealand, has through research and development performed innovative technological work the results of which have had significant impact, and/or led to significant commercial success.

Please note that for team nominations, no more than four contributors can be named as team leaders, but the contribution of others may be acknowledged.


  1. Development of an innovative technological product, device, object, process or service resulting from a research and development process which has had significant impact, and is widely recognised;.

  2. Substantial uptake, where "substantial" implies more than merely obtaining a patent, for example widespread commercial adoption.

A necessary criterion must be that the innovative component of the work, or most of it, should have been done in New Zealand.

The intention is to award the medal to a person/team for that person's/team's contribution. Thus if an invention were the result of a team effort, the medal would be awarded to the team leaders, not to the team.

There is no restriction on the areas of technology to be considered at any one time.

Please also review general criteria that apply to all Royal Society Te Apārangi medals and awards.


Any person may be nominated as long as he or she meets the requirements in accordance with the guidelines. The Royal Society Te Apārangi's Academy Executive Committee reserves the right to decline any nomination.

Nominations must be completed on the new online portal. 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 portal.

Nominations are to include one set of the following:

  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee (individual or key team members);
  • List of up to ten significant pieces of evidence;
  • Nomination statement (max 1000 words) giving details of the relevant contributions the nominee (individual or team) has made to the innovative work, the impact of the work, recognition either nationally or more widely, and evidence of successful uptake or application;
  • Quantified statement showing the impact of the work;
  • Nomination summary (not more than 300 words) in a form that can be used in publicity;
  • Brief citation (not more than 40 words) which may be used for publicity purposes;
  • Two references (to be arranged by the nominator), at least one from outside the nominee’s institution.

Please note:

Full CVs that include all awards should be provided where appropriate, but a full bibliography is not required.

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.