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

University
Cassandra Spearin Victoria University of Wellington 3rd Year Unlikely Superheroes: Using Fungi to Clean Our Waterways
Finn Lowndes Victoria University of Wellington 1st Year Fusion Technology – the Stellar Solution to the Energy Crisis
Logan Williams University of Canterbury 4th Year Polar Optics
Claire Elliott University of Canterbury 4th Year Creating a human computer connection
Abigail Sucsy Victoria University of Wellington 2nd Year The Plastics Problem
George Mander University of Canterbury 5th Year Using brain waves to solve crime
Secondary
Neakiry Kivi Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Year 13 Reinventing Solar: the solution is clear
Jason Su Scots College Year 13 My Two Scents on Reducing Obesity
Maddison McQueen-Davies Palmerston North Girls High School Year 11 rhSDF-1α – The Miracle Gel
Hana Te Puni Palmerston North Girls High School Year 12 NZ’s Environmental hero of the future the Dung Beetle
Isaac Rusholme Hutt International Boys School Year 13 Gene Drives
Jonathan Chan Auckland Grammar School Year 13 The Future of Farming: Restorative Ocean Farming

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