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Royal Society of New Zealand

Students whose nominations have been successful

This following information on this page is for students whose nominations have been selected for Realise the Dream.

Congratulations! You have achieved an amazing piece of work to be selected for Realise the Dream. This event takes place from Saturday 7th December to Saturday 14 December in 2013. Participants are required to attend the event for the full duration to be eligible for any awards.

The six day event promises to be very exciting!


Participant Entry Form | General Guidelines | Questions and Answers | Participant Guidelines

Participant Entry Form

This will be sent out when students have been selected (1st week of November)

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Please read carefully! Every participant at Realise the Dream must be familiar with the information. It has been compiled to give you and your family answers to many of the questions you may have.

Question: Who pays for my travel, accommodation and food at Realise the Dream?

This is all covered by the sponsorship of this special event

Question: Who attends?

Up to 20 secondary school students who have been selected for undertaking a piece of outstanding science research or technological development.

Question: What do I need to bring with me?

Bring the following with you:
  • Clothing for six days. Closed comfortable shoes for walking. Sleepwear
  • School Uniform
  • Towels x 2
  • Hat, sunglasses, raincoat, insect repellant
  • Toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc
  • Medication
  • You may want to bring your own pillow
  • Camera (optional)
  • Cell phone (to be turned off during lectures and visits)

"I really enjoyed attending Realise the Dream. I have not been with such a group of focused, motivated and enthusiastic students for many years. This experience has been a real morale and confidence booster, as well as a valuable learning experience in the area of science and technology. Many thanks to all involved especially the time and effort to organise such an event. I will never forget last week."

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Poster Guidelines

A1 Poster

Posters Posters Posters

Poster is to be designed electronically and sent to us on CD no later than 4th December 2012.
This is so we can send it to be printed on to A1 paper and laminated.

Tips for Poster Production:
  1. You may design your poster in a format such as In-Design; Powerpoint, Pagemaker, Photoshop, In Design, Freehand and Illustrator
  2. If you are working in Powerpoint your page set-up should be A1 portrait
  3. Grab your audience's attention with your research title.
  4. Font should be one that can easily be read at a 1 metre distance
  5. You have the whole A1 page to work with as logos are not necessary
  6. You may have a background colour or design if you wish but make sure that the print about your research can be read clearly. (i.e. don't use a dark blue background and then print in black)
  7. Font size needs to be 14-16
  8. Your poster needs to convey a summary of your research or technological development that gives the reader a good understanding of your work. It should be focussed and convey a clear message.
  9. Include photographs about your work or of you carrying out the research. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi
  10. Keep diagrams simple and interesting.
  11. Use headings and subheadings to guide your reader through the information. Your poster should be able to be read from up to a metre away. If you can't read the text then it is too small. Make sure you poster has a good balance of text, pictures, graphs etc. Too much text makes a poster uninviting!
  12. Acknowledge any support your have received while undertaking your research.
  13. Your finished format needs to be a minimum of 300dpi at print size (A1)
  14. You will need to send your electronic poster to us electronically. You file should be saved and sent as a PDF file. Our printing company will then be able to open your document, print and laminate it.
  15. This is to be received by us no later than Tuesday 2nd December 2013. You can either email this to or send it as a CD to Debbie Woodhall, RSNZ, 4 Halswell Street, Thordon, Wellington 6135.
  16. The poster will remain the property of the Royal Society for showcasing posters at various educational institutions around NZ.
  17. Do not include your name, school or age on the poster.
  18. The Royal Society will produce a label which will include your name, school, age, title of research and sponsor logos which will sit under you poster while it is on display.
If you have any questions then please contact Debbie Woodhall at

Conditions of Entry:

Parents/guardians of exhibitors are required to complete and sign the consent form and send them back to Debbie Woodhall, Royal Society of New Zealand, PO Box 598, Wellington by 12th November 2013.

Guidelines for successful students attending Realise the Dream

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Together with you registration form please include a photo of you carrying out your research together with a 200 word summary of your research and send this to by 8 November 2013.


Debbie Woodhall
The Royal Society of New Zealand
P O Box 598

Phone: 04 470 5762
Fax: 04 473 1841
Mobile: 027 229 6380

"I found the week really valuable and a lot of fun. It really opened my eyes to the varied career opportunities in science and technology. It was great to see people who were so passionate about what they do and who were eager to share their work with us"