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Moving house is as stressful for coral as it is for people.

Fresh Science is a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery.

The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them a taste of life in the limelight, with a day of media training and a public event in their home state.

Fresh Science 2015 is now completed. Profiles of this year’s Freshies will be up soon and media releases from each event will follow.

In 2016 we’ll be calling for nominations in February and holding Fresh Science in June.

Fresh Science 2015

17 September 2015

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Coral with black-band disease, Yui Sato Fresh Science Townsville

In 2015 Fresh Science ran in Victoria, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia, North Queensland (Townsville) and South Queensland (Brisbane).

For 18 years Fresh Science has been helping young Australian scientists find their story and their voice, and empowering these future leaders of science to engage with the community, media, government and industry.

Since 1997 Fresh Science has trained more than 250 early-career scientists how to present their science in a way that’s accessible to a general audience.

We believe it’s essential that the new generation of young scientists reach out and engage:

  • exciting Australians with their research and its impact
  • learning how to reach out to governments and businesses
  • encouraging informed, evidence-based discussion of the big issues – from vaccines to climate change; and
  • providing role models for school and university students.
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Discussing the use of two-dimensional quasiparticles, Robert Pfiefer Fresh Science NSW

In 2015 Fresh Science ran in every mainland state, with 61 Fresh Scientists in six state events, and seven public events bringing Fresh Science to around 1000 members of the public.

Read some of the fresh science discovered in previous years here.

Fresh Science 2016

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We’ll be back in 2016 and better than ever. Next year we’re moving Fresh Science earlier – we’re planning to open nominations at the end of February and hold our Fresh Science events in June.

We’ll expand the schools program to more states. We reached 400 secondary school kids this year, and kids and Freshies alike found it a wonderful learning experience.

We’ll be looking for support from each state. If your organisation would like to help expand Australia’s growing cadre of communication-savvy researchers, contact Sarah Brooker.