The SCANZ Excellence in Science Communication Award

The SCANZ Excellence in Science Communication Award is awarded biennially by the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand to recognise outstanding communication of Aotearoa New Zealand science to a non-scientific audience.

The SCANZ Award will be presented to any individual or team that have undertaken a science communication project and can demonstrate its success. The project can be from any area of science communication, for example, sharing information about a research project or results, building awareness of a scientific topic or concept, engaging a community to undertake a scientific project, or encouraging students to continue study in a scientific field.

The award will be judged on the quality of explanation of scientific concepts, how interest is captured, the relevance to and style of communication for the intended audience, and the delivery against identified objectives. In general, the project must have demonstrated that the chosen audience was engaged and gained a better understanding of an aspect of science and/or the role and importance of science in Aotearoa New Zealand or globally.

2019 Awards are now open

Be in to win a cash prize of $1000 plus two VIP tickets to the SCANZ 2019 conference!

The deadline for 2019 entries is 11:59pm Sunday 18 August 2019.

Entries must include a description of the project and results attained and may also include a portfolio of communications materials (written or audio visual) to demonstrate delivery of the project.

  • Any Aotearoa New Zealand-based individual SCANZ member or team where one or more individuals are SCANZ members is eligible to enter the awards.

  • The chosen project must have been completed in the 2 years prior to the closing date.

  • A selection committee will assess all entries and determine award recipients based on submitted information only.

  • Awards will be presented at an event to be decided by SCANZ.

Entries must be submitted using the online form linked below.


Damian Christie -- Congratulations to Damian Christie, who won the 2017 SCANZ Excellence in Science Communication Award for his hugely popular YouTube series, “Jamie's World on Ice”. Watch the series here

Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) -- Congratulations to LAWA, winner of the 2015 SCANZ Excellence in Science Communication award. LAWA shares scientific data to connect New Zealanders to our environment. Find out more at