This year’s Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards National Finals Symposium begins on Thursday 7 September, with a series of special events for members of the Eureka! alumni group, organised by the Eureka Alumni Trust. On Thursday evening representatives of the event sponsors will mingle with finalists, and take in a bit of inspiration from speakers Manu Lange, a graduate research student from Rex Bionics, and Peter Boshier, New Zealand’s Ombudsman.

The 12 finalists will on Friday present their ideas to a judging panel that includes prominent radio journalist Kim Hill and an audience of the public.

The Eureka weekend culminates in an awards ceremony at Government House, hosted by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards national convenor Francis Wevers says that he’s excited at the range of fascinating topics and ideas that this year’s finalists will be speaking about.

There are three key aspects to a successful Eureka presentation, says Francis. Students must explain their STEM idea, then relate it to a problem faced by New Zealanders, and finally elaborate on how the idea solves the problem, and in doing so increases New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being.

“This year’s Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards National Finals Symposium promises to be the best so far,” says Mr Wevers. “We have fantastic and diverse student presenters, great diversity of subjects grounded in fabulous science, live streaming of the whole afternoon from our website, and we are back at Government House for the Governor General’s awards dinner thanks to HE the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy accepting our invitation to continue Vice-Regal patronage.”

Find out more about the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards here.

2017 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards finalists

Cassandra SpearinVictoria University of Wellington3rd YearUnlikely Superheroes: Using Fungi to Clean Our Waterways
Finn LowndesVictoria University of Wellington1st YearFusion Technology – the Stellar Solution to the Energy Crisis
Logan WilliamsUniversity of Canterbury4th YearPolar Optics
Claire ElliottUniversity of Canterbury4th YearCreating a human computer connection
Abigail SucsyVictoria University of Wellington2nd YearThe Plastics Problem
George ManderUniversity of Canterbury5th YearUsing brain waves to solve crime
Neakiry KiviSamuel Marsden Collegiate SchoolYear 13Reinventing Solar: the solution is clear
Jason SuScots CollegeYear 13My Two Scents on Reducing Obesity
Maddison McQueen-DaviesPalmerston North Girls High SchoolYear 11rhSDF-1α – The Miracle Gel
Hana Te PuniPalmerston North Girls High SchoolYear 12NZ’s Environmental hero of the future the Dung Beetle
Isaac RusholmeHutt International Boys SchoolYear 13Gene Drives
Jonathan ChanAuckland Grammar SchoolYear 13The Future of Farming: Restorative Ocean Farming


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