Nominations for Fresh Science 2016 will open in February 2016.

Have you got some interesting research results, a discovery or invention, still early-career and curious about how publicity to get for it?

Consider nominating for Fresh Science.

Fresh Science is a national competition that finds researchers with discoveries, helps them find the key, compelling ‘story’ in their research and then puts them in the spotlight, showcasing them to the public and the media.

Fresh Science will be held in a number of states in June 2016.

Check out the Fresh Scientists from 2015 here.

Interested? Check that you’re eligible, see what questions we’re going to ask, then fill out a brief online nomination form. We will let you know by the end of May 2016 whether you are a Fresh Scientist for 2016.

Why nominate?

Get some media training. Find your voice. Learn how to tell your research in a compelling way be it to a journalist, politician or philanthropist. Practice being interview by journalists and be a part of the media landscape.

Have some fun at the pub. Take the spotlight and practice your new communication skills in front of a small audience.

Get your profile online with other Fresh Science winners.

Perhaps get into the media with one story per state written up as a press release and sent out to the media. Fresh Science offers one researcher per state 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.

Inspire the next generation of scientists by getting your story out and, in some states, talking directly with school students.

What does it involve?

A short painless nomination form filled out online. We ask you to explain your research briefly and provide evidence of peer review.

If selected, you will take part in:

  • a one-day media and communication training course with practice interviews
  • an evening event where you get to practice presenting your results in an understandable and fun way
  • In some states, we hold a schools forum where you will present for five minutes and take questions. As part of Fresh Science we will write and publish a short profile on you. We will select one story per state to be written up as a press release and sent out to the media.


We are looking for:

  • Early-career researchers. Age per se is not a criterion, but you must have completed your PhD (if you have one) no more than five years ago. If you’re earlier in your career, that’s fine.
  • Researchers currently working in Australia and preferably for work done in Australia.
  • We will prioritise research which has produced peer-reviewed results ie you have a discovery, invention, patent etc.
  • Research that is newsworthy but has not had significant media coverage.
  • Researchers who can demonstrate, through the nomination form, some ability to present your research to a lay audience in a clear, interesting and informative way.

Your research must be cleared for public and media presentation. You may need to consult with your collaborators and commercial partners before nominating.

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 any particular research team will be invited to participate in Fresh Science.


Fresh Science is confirmed in Victoria, Western Australia, NSW, South Australia, North Queensland and South Queensland. If you’re in another state or territory, drop us an email to be kept posted on developments in your state.

Sponsors and supporters

Thank you to all those helping empower young researchers and bring Fresh Science to the attention of the media.

In Victoria:

  • Melbourne Museum
  • BioMedical Research Victoria

South Australia:

  • South Australian Museum
  • Flinders University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of South Australia

Western Australia:

  • Western Australian Museum
  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Murdoch University
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia

North Queensland:

  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • James Cook University

South Queensland:

  • The University of Queensland

New South Wales:

  • The University of New South Wales

Next year, we plan to add Tasmania and the NT. If you’re interested in being involved and supporting Fresh Science, please contact Errol Hunt on or (03) 9398 1416.