INTOUCH : Science leadership award offered

Key players in the science community are being offered the chance for an all expenses paid placement on the Hillary Leadership Programme.
The Cawthron Institute Trust – which was established in 1919 through bequest from Nelson businessman and shipping agent, Thomas Cawthron, and invests in initiatives to promote and develop scientific excellence – is offering scholarship worth almost $25,000 to cover all course, travel, accommodation and associated costs for the successful applicant to participate in the 18-month programme.
Trust board chair Oliver Sutherland sees it as tangible expression of Cawthron’s commitment to promoting and developing scientific excellence.
“We hope it will not only celebrate leadership in our sector but also actively encourage the award winner to extend his or her leadership impact within the science community.”
Sutherland says the board firmly believes in the need for the science sector to invest in its future leaders. “Science provides significant contribution to innovation-based development of our economy. It is important we develop science leadership skills – not only within the science sector itself but to also take those science skills and knowledge into New Zealand Government and business.”
Applications for the inaugural Cawthron Science Leader Award will close on 20th June.
The award recipient will embark on the Hillary Leadership Programme with successful applicants from other sectors in October 2008.

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