Fresh Science in the news, at the pub and in schools

Over the past 16 years Fresh Science has trained over 240 early-career scientists in how to engage with the media, students, the public, business and government.

In 2012, we expanded the program to reach even more researchers – by introducing state finals in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

In 2013, we’re going to hold state finals in all states. Successful applicants from the NT and ACT will be flown to their nearest state final.

Then, the national final will run from 22-25 July in Melbourne, Australia.

Here’s what’s in store.

Monday, 22 July

Fresh Science at the Duke of Kent

Join us for a beer and hear leading early-career scientists reveal their discoveries in a pub, using rhyme, reason and the odd firework.

Last year we heard about smart bandages, the sawfish saw, printable solar cells, wallabies immune tricks, ocean arteries, backward planets and more.

It’s on from 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start, upstairs at the Duke of Kent – 293 La Trobe Street (between Elizabeth & Queen st), Melbourne, Victoria.

The event is open to the public, and the more the merrier. Drinks and meals at bar prices.

If you’re interested in coming, email AJ on

Thursday 25 July, Fresh Science school forums

Melbourne Museum forums (public also welcome)

Where: The Melbourne Museum
When: Thursday 25 July, 10am-11am and 11:30pm-12:30pm
Bookings: Contact the Melbourne Museum on 1300 130 152 or 03 8341 7767

Here are some of the highlights of 2012

This year we took our Fresh Scientists to the Duke of Kent and got them to talk about their discoveries in a minute or less and using limericks and haiku.

There once was a biodiesel named tallow

To use it too soon might be shallow

The soot coating is organic

It could be carcinogenic

Confining us to the respiratory gallows.

Developing the next generation of cleaner biofuels: Nicholas Surawski


Raising tuna in the deep blue

May provide us with a clue

When you grow fish offshore

Their health and happiness soar

Research the world will now pursue

Growing bigger tuna faster: Nicole Kirchhoff


Everybody likes to play video games

But not all people play them the same

Some people stop having fun

Can’t put down a virtual gun

And now psychologists give the disorder a name

Video game and drug addiction – more similar than you might think: Olivia Metcalf