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How to nominate

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.

Guidelines

The Pickering Medal is to be awarded annually to a person/team who, while in New Zealand, has through design, development and/or invention performed innovative work, the results of which have been significant in their influence and recognition both nationally and internationally, or which have 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 acknoledged.

Two measures of outstanding excellence in the area are:

  1. National and international recognition, which can come from a technological product or result which has influenced or changed the way things are done and is widely cited and admired. This implies significant innovation. Examples might be a major bridge built with a novel type of construction or management method, a radically new type of engine, or a new and influential piece of software.

  2. Substantial commercialisation of a new and innovative product, where "substantial" implies more than merely obtaining a patent, but also widespread adoption, nationally or internationally.

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.

Nominations

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;
  • List of ten most important publications or most significant pieces of evidence (up to 10 max.) by the nominee/team;
  • Nomination statement (max 500 words) giving details of the relevant contributions the nominee has made to innovative work, the results of which have been significant in his/her influence and recognition both nationally and internationally, or which have led to significant commercial success;
  • Quantified statement showing the impact of the work;
  • Nomination summary (not more than 300 words) giving reasons why the nominee should be awarded the medal.  The summary should be 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.