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Peter Fennessy wins ODT Community Science Award

Peter Fennessy has been awarded the Otago Daily Times Community Science Award (Business Category) at the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin over the weekend.

The Business Award recognises Peter's passion for science and his contribution to the Otago region as an educator, researcher, entrepreneur, and businessman. 

Peter, a former director of AgResearch Invermay, co-founded the Dunedin-based agritechnology business, AbacusBio in 2006, which has grown to employ 30 full-time staff.

He works internationally on science investment strategies, while also mentoring young staff and students. 

Peter is the Chair of Blis Technologies and has contributed governance to many other science-based businesses. He also volunteers as the Chair of the University of Otago’s Applied Science Industry Advisory Board, where as a keen advocate for science translation, he helps shape the academic platform for educating tomorrow’s commercial scientists. 

The ODT Community Science Awards initiative was launched by the ODT and the NZ International Science Festival, and aims to acknowledge the impact of science on people's everyday lives and the work of those committed to the field.

There are seven awards covering a variety of facets of science, including awards for students, teachers, community groups, volunteers, and business people.

"They are the unsung heroes of our daily lives who bring science to life and remind us through their actions to stay curious and to look for answers to many of the issues facing us today,'' festival director Chris Green says.