Launch of a new initiative, the Eureka! Symposium and Sir Paul Callaghan Awards.

The Rotary Club of Wellington, with the support of Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, is launching a new initiative, the Eureka! Symposium and Sir Paul Callaghan Awards.

The purpose of the initiative is to recognise New Zealand’s best young science/technology/engineering orators in secondary schools and at undergraduate level in universities, polytechnics and wānanga throughout the country.

The inaugural Sir Paul Callaghan Awards will be presented at the Eureka! Symposium to be held at Victoria University of Wellington on 12 July 2012.

The winner will be chosen by an eminent judging panel from 12 finalists who will each make a 20 minute presentation to an invited audience of key government decision makers, business people, policy makers, scientists, investors, and science/technology/engineering consumers. The presentation will be about their chosen science/technology/engineering subject, based on either their own or others’ research.

These 12 finalists will be chosen for the demonstration of their:

  • passion for science/technology/engineering and depth of knowledge of their subject
  • depth of understanding of the social and economic value of science/technology/engineering
  • presentational skills and ability to communicate to a business audience about science/technology/engineering

The closing date for entries is Thursday 31May. Please go to for more information and entry form.

The competition is open to all students in science and technology departments in secondary schools, and to the undergraduate science, technology and engineering students in universities, polytechnics and wānanga.