How to nominate
Fresh Science is a communication boot camp for researchers no more than five years out from their PhD. We teach them essential communication skills and get their stories out to local, national and international media.
Nominations for the 2014 state finals will open in January 2014. For more information about the Fresh Science program and its history click here.
Why nominate for Fresh Science?
Fresh Science offers those selected the potential for substantial media exposure. In previous years our Fresh Scientists have attracted national and international interest resulting in hundreds of media stories in Australia and overseas.
Fresh Science helps young researchers develop expertise in presenting their ideas clearly to a general audience and to the media.
Fresh Science also assists the media to identify and publish accurate stories about Australian science. It demonstrates that science in Australia is exciting, vibrant and successful. Fresh Science encourages and provides recognition for Australia’s best young scientists and engineers.
Details of previous winners and their press releases can be seen on the alumni page.
What does it involve?
Fresh Science State finals were held in April, and the national Fresh Science event in Melbourne 22-25 July 2013.
The state finalists will:
- participate in a one-day media and communication training course
- swap ideas with other participants
- participate in an evening stakeholder event following the course
- be encouraged to participate in State-based activities such as Science Week.
National finalists will also:
- receive advanced/additional media and communication training
- present their research to a range of audiences in the course of the four day ‘boot camp’ including a pub event, dinner, school talks
- issue a media release about their discovery
- have the opportunity to, and be expected to, participate in talks in their home state in the months following Fresh Science (including Science Week).
Fresh Science selection
The judges, a panel of scientists, journalists and science communicators, are looking for early career researchers who can tell an interesting story in everyday language about their significant, peer-reviewed, scientific achievement.
The selection will be made on the basis of the nomination form submitted. This means how your application is written will be used as a guide to your ability to communicate in everyday English.
You must write your own entry.
You must have peer-reviewed results and be able to explain what you have found, not what you are hoping to find or discover. We are interested in achievements, not intentions.
The committee will select the Fresh Scientists not just on quality of their science, but also on the newsworthiness of their topics, and an assessment of their ability to tell their story. Those selected will also encompass a spread of disciplines, topics, gender and states.
- Your research must have been conducted in Australia, or you must be an Australian citizen.
- Your research must have reached a significant milestone and produced peer-reviewed results. You must present evidence of peer review.
- Your research must be newsworthy, but it must not have had significant media coverage.
- Your research must be current, that is, it will have been published or concluded since 1 January 2012.
- Your research must be cleared for public and media presentation. You may need to consult with your collaborators and commercial partners before nominating.
- You must demonstrate an ability to present your research to a lay audience in a clear, interesting and informative way.
- You may represent a research team if you have played a substantial role in the research and can act and be named as spokesperson. Only one member of a research team can be invited to participate in Fresh Science.
- You must be an early-career researcher, for example an honours or PhD student or a post doc. Age per se is not a criterion, but you must have completed your PhD (if you have one) no more than five years ago.
- You must not have an established media profile.
Ready to apply?
- Read about previous years’ recipients here.
- Draft your application offline using this .rtf or word form.
- Complete the online application form.
- Sit back and wait for the results of the initial judging round. Both the shortlisted candidates and unsuccessful applicants will be notified.
- State finals are in April and May, the National finals are in Melbourne in July.
Contact and supporters
Fresh Science is supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education via the Inspiring Australia initiative, Museum Victoria, CSL Limited and New Scientist magazine.
For more information, contact Tim Thwaites on (03) 9398 1416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.