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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 2016

16 September 2015

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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.


In 2015 Fresh Science ran in each of the mainland states, with support from research organisations and universities in each state. For the first year, there were two Queensland events: North Queensland (Townsville) and Southeast Queensland (Brisbane). Out of the 180 nominations, here are the finalists from each event:

Fresh Science North Queensland (Townsville)

  • Geoffrey Collins, James Cook University + Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Jeremy Goldberg, James Cook University / CSIRO
  • Carly Kenkel, The Australian Institute of Marine Science
    Can corals cope with change?
  • Samantha Munroe, James Cook University
  • Yui Sato, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Michael Sheridan, James Cook University
  • Patrick Tucker, Central Queensland University
  • Phurpa Wangchuk, James Cook University
  • Sue-Ann Watson, James Cook University

This was the first year that Fresh Science ran in North Queensland. Fresh Science North Queensland was held at James Cook University (training) and Molly Malone’s Irish Hotel (public challenge event) and was supported by James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Fresh Science NSW

Over 50 early-career researchers nominated for Fresh Science NSW, which was held at the Australian Museum (training) and Three Wise Monkeys Hotel (public challenge event) and was supported by the Australian Museum and the University of New South Wales.

Fresh Science South Australia

Fresh Science South Australia was held at the South Australian Museum (training) and Lion Hotel (public challenge event) and was supported by the South Australian Museum, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

Fresh Science Southeast Queensland (Brisbane)

  • Emma Gee Kee, Child Health Research Centre (Formerly QCMRI) and the University of Queensland
  • Katarzyna Koziara, The University of Queensland
  • Jia LI, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Sheng Li, Griffith University
  • Porun Liu, Griffith University
  • Indira Prasadam, Queensland University of Technology
  • Linda Rehaume, The University of Queensland
  • Adam Taylor, Griffith University
  • Pegah Varamini, The University of Queensland
  • Vera Weisbecker, The University of Queensland

Fresh Science Southeast Queensland was held at the Queensland Museum (training) and at the University of Queensland (public challenge event) and was run by eConnect.

Fresh Science Victoria

  • Ye Chen, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Alexander Davenport, Peter Mac Cancer Centre
  • Daniel Drumm, RMIT University
  • Adrian Lai, The University of Melbourne
  • Fatemeh Malekipour, The University of Melbourne
  • Sahar Naghashian, Deakin University
  • Philipp Reineck, RMIT University
  • Ebonie Rio, Monash University
  • Marta Rubio Martinez, CSIRO
  • Hosna Tashakkori, The University of Melbourne

Fresh Science Victoria was held at Scienceworks (training), Melbourne Museum (schools forum) and the Kelvin Club (public event) and was supported by Museums Victoria, Bio-Medical Research Victoria and the Office of the Victorian Lead Scientist.

Fresh Science Western Australia

Fresh Science Western Australia was held at the Western Australian Museum (training) and Brisbane Hotel (public challenge event) and was supported by the Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame, Australia.