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How to nominate someone for the Rutherford Medal.


When considering the award of a Rutherford Medal, the Royal Society Te Apārangi will be looking for people of distinction who will stand in high public esteem in New Zealand. They will have demonstrated more than purely scientific or technological achievement within their scientific or technological discipline. To qualify, the research needs to be recognised internationally as significantly advancing understanding of the field. They will also have made a substantial contribution in New Zealand to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding of science, mathematics, social science, or technology, public service within the scientific community, and on behalf of research, science, mathematics, social science, or technology in the wider community.

Please note: The successful recipient is required to undertake an all-expenses-paid public lecture tour in the year following the award.

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


Nominations may be made by any person. The Royal Society Te Apārangi's Academy Executive Committee reserves the right to decline any nomination.

Any person may be nominated as long as he or she meets the requirements in accordance with the guidelines. Nominees will normally be expected to be living and working in New Zealand, but people living overseas with strong New Zealand connections, either personally or through their work, will also be eligible.

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.

Nominations are to include one set of the following:

  • CV of the nominee;
  • Brief statement (not more than 300 words) giving reasons why the nominee should be awarded the medal. The statement should be in a form that can be used in publicity;
  • Nomination statement of no more than 1000 words giving details of the relevant contributions the nominee has made to science and technology both in the field and to the wider community;
  • 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.
  • A Bibliography

Please note:

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.