EQC wants to make sure New Zealand has the researchers it needs to ensure knowledge of natural hazard risk in New Zealand continues to grow. We invest in capability building by funding university positions and with the following awards:
The EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award is an annual award worth $10,000. It aims to advance the common interest of EQC and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in promoting research that reduces the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities.
The award is open to:
EQC/NZSEE Ian Skinner award recipients
2015: Dr Liam Wotherspoon
About Ivan Skinner
The award commemorates Dr Ivan Skinner who conceived the idea of ‘base isolation’ to protect buildings and bridges during earthquakes. Ivan is best remembered for his work at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research during the 1960s. From 1994-2006, he was EQC’s Research Director. Ivan was a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of NZSEE, and he was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 1990.
The Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research recognises the achievement and potential of an outstanding New Zealand graduate student. It provides the opportunity for post-graduate study and natural disaster research at a university in the US.
One award is offered each year to a graduate who shows academic excellence, leadership potential, and the ability to be a cultural ambassador for New Zealand. The closing date for applications is 1 August.
Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award recipients
2016: Alex Shegay
The Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards aim to encourage and develop young leaders in science, technology, engineering and maths. A key part of the Eureka Awards is showing how your idea can benefit New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and wellbeing.
We’ve updated our criteria for the Earthquake Commission Gold Scholarship. From 2017, this scholarship will be awarded to the student whose presentation most clearly provides a creative and innovative solution to reduce risks associated with earthquakes, natural landslips, volcanic eruption, hydrothermal activity, or tsunami in New Zealand.
Earthquake Commission Gold Scholarship recipients
2016: Finn Lowndes, St Pat’s College, Wellington
2015: Andrew Tang, Scots College, Wellington