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Discovery Awards

The Discovery Centre is seeking nominations for the 14th Annual Discovery Awards in the following four categories: Professional of Distinction, Emerging Professional, Innovation and Science Champion. Please fill out the nomination form before the deadline date of May 31, 2016.


The Nomination form can be found here> ADOBE PDF (download and open in Acrobat Reader) or download the form in Microsoft Word. The forms can be faxed to (902) 429-3170 or email: or mailed directly to:

Attn: Discovery Award Nominations
Discovery Centre
1593 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7


The awards began in the spring of 2002 with the mandate to recognize talented individuals and outstanding companies in Nova Scotia for their national and international work in the science and technology fields. The awards bring together universities, corporations, businesses, government and the local community for an evening of celebration, where we honour people whose leading edge work have helped make Nova Scotia a leader in science and technology innovation. Our award recipients put science achievement in the minds of the local community along with serving as role models for youth who may well be our scientists of the future



Individuals who have achieved outstanding lifetime contributions to science and technology.


An individual who is a leading innovator, a role model for people who choose science as a career.


An individual under the age of 35 who demonstrates intellectual achievements, excellence and potential for ongoing growth and development.


A company that has produced a commercially viable product or service and is ready or has already launched it into the market.


An individual who promotes science and technology to the public above and beyond the normal avenues of communication.


A student or group of students who has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Science Fairs as worthy of being recognized for his or her outstanding achievements (Award is designated by the NS Science Fair Process)

Our judging committee will select three nominees for each category, in which all of whom will be invited to join us at the Discovery Awards gala on November 17th. At the Discovery Awards gala, where we will announce our finalists.

Save the Date:

The Discovery Awards take place on November 17 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

Important documents:

Discovery Awards Nomination Form

Discovery Awards Category Criteria 

Past Discovery Award Recipient List 



 (Individuals in photo listed from left to right: Rachel Brouwer, Maria Duynisveld, Dr. Paul Gratzer, Dr. Axel Becke, Alison Reynolds, Dr. Orlando Hung, Dr. Nicholas Nickerson, Dr. Robert Thacker)

Here’s an inside look at the 2015 Discovery Awards:

Co-presenting Sponsors:

copresentingSMU      copresentingMNP

Media Sponsors:

CTVogo 3d

Gold Sponsors:


Shell Canada

Sponsorship Opportunities

Find out more about sponsorship opportunities for the most distinguished event of the year in Science and Technology. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Chuck Bridges by phone at 902-492-4422 x 2225 or by email

Past Discovery Award Recipients Videos

You can view our past award/inductee recipients via our Discovery Centre YouTube Channel videos:

Hall of Fame

Professional of Distinction

Emerging Professional

Science Champion


Youth Award

About the Discovery Centre

The not-for-profit Discovery Centre is Nova Scotia’s only hands-on science centre whose mandate is to stimulate interest, enjoyment and understanding of science and technology through innovative, exciting, hands-on experiences for all Nova Scotians. All proceeds from the Discovery Awards support the Centre’s important mandate.