9 November, 2023
Our Co-Director Prof Nicola Gaston has been awarded the Thomson Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for transformative leadership for the research, science and innovation sector and as a 'driver of change' towards equity for women in science.
Welcoming the news, fellow Co-Director Professor Justin Hodgkiss said that Nicola was an incredibly deserving recipient of the Thompson Medal.
"The achievements and personal leadership qualities that Nicola is recognised for bringing to New Zealand's research sector are things that her MacDiarmid Institute colleagues have seen shining over many years. Nicola is courageous and is a driver of change. She has had an incredible impact on matters of equity in the science system, and as we've seen in recent times, Nicola stands out amongst the strongest and most constructive voices for the research sector.
He said that Nicola had also been an incredible role model and colleague in MacDiarmid Institute.
"I am personally so grateful to have worked alongside Nicola in the Institute."
Nicola is courageous and is a driver of change, and stands out amongst the strongest and most constructive voices for the research sector.Professor Justin Hodgkiss MacDiarmid Institute Co-Director
Read more about Nicola's award on the Royal Society Te Apārangi website - 2023 Thomson Medal: Bold leadership for equity in the RSI system. And check out the NZ Herald coverage - 'Tenacious boldness': Top honour for change-making NZ scientist and hear her speak about the award on RNZ Nights.