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Western Australia

Bacteria to make the desert bloom
Julie Ardley
Murdoch University
Kimberley corals are true Aussie battlers
Zoe Richards
Western Australian Museum
What plant is that? – There’s an app for that
Hezekiah Babatunde
Edith Cowan University
Strong frogs win the fight, but not the mating game
Bruno Buzatto
University of Western Australia
Greener pastures for Australian sheep industry
Sofie De Meyer
Murdoch University
Tackling clumsiness may help improve bone health
Paola Chivers
University of Notre Dame, Australia
2D carbon set to speed up our smartphones
Amir Karton
University of Western Australia
Social networking for lizards – when neighbours don’t become good friends
Stephanie Godfrey
Murdoch University
Mangrove Jack is all ears for warming oceans
Joyce Ong
University of Western Australia
Rottnest Island: a safe-haven for tropical coral
Claire Ross
University of 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.

South Australia

Red to yellow, & toxic mercury is gone 
Justin Chalker
Flinders University
Tern for the better in sardine health
Lachlan McLeay
SARDI (Aquatic Sciences)
476px-Baby_bellyNot to be sniffed at! Nose spray offers pain relief during childbirth
Julie-Anne Fleet
University of South Australia
Follow that tumour! Magnetic particles to track cancer
Aidan Cousins
University of South Australia
Checking baby with a blood sample and a chip
Marnie Winter
University of South Australia
Rare disease therapy will help everyone
Zlatko Kopecki
University of South Australia
Trail of rat carcasses reveals human migration

Vicki Thomson
University of Adelaide

Baby fish lost in an acidified ocean
Tullio Rossi
University of Adelaide
Golden Staph tricked by vitamin mimic
Ashleigh Paparella,
University of Adelaide
Bloody good idea: stopping clots saves cancer patients

Rebecca Sharp
University of South Australia

To be is not enough: for mass, it’s interactions that count
Daniel Trewartha,
University of Adelaide

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.

New South Wales

“Magic” crystals and microbes – making the most of biogas wells
Sabrina Beckman
Gatekeeper proteins moonlighting as antioxidants
Heba Al Khamici
University of Technology, Sydney
Extinction of large animals damages a greater diversity of plant species than we thought
Si-Chong Chen
Remembering what you didn’t have time to see
Trevor Chong
Macquarie University
Filtering the blood to keep cancer in check
Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani
Interpreting the language of touch
Heba Khamis
Tracking the team that repairs DNA and prevents cancer
Elizabeth Hinde
Saving your bacon: potassium rich foods can protect your blood vessels from salty meals
Natalie Lister
The University of Sydney
Mexican wave for quantum computing
Robert Pfeifer
Macquarie University
Planes won’t fly on batteries
Jessica Stanley
Yabbies are digging up our carbon stores
Alex Thomson
University of Technology, Sydney

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.


Dangerous liaisons – keeping the right distance important for immune cell surveillance
Ye Chen
Swinburne University of Technology
Serial killers for cancer
Alexander Davenport
Peter Mac Cancer Centre
How are soccer balls improving solar cells?
Daniel Drumm
RMIT University
3D mapping for indoor disaster management
Hosna Tashakkori
The University of Melbourne
Young athletes, old joints
Fatemeh Malekipour
The University of Melbourne
New materials can drive us into a changeable future
Sahar Naghashian
Deakin University
Using nano-flashlights to see inside our cells
Philipp Reineck
RMIT University
Brain training to give tendon pain the boot
Ebonie Rio, Monash University
“Game changing” crystals will clean our air
Marta Rubio Martinez
Achilles heel putting the spring in your step
Adrian Lai
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.

North Queensland (Townsville)

Barramundi may run low on oxygen, but aren’t out of breath
Geoffrey Collins
James Cook University + Australian Institute of Marine Science
What will make people act to save the Reef?
Jeremy Goldberg
James Cook University / CSIRO
Can corals cope with change?
Carly Kenkel
The Australian Institute of Marine Science
Blood reveals GBR sharks as homebodies
Samantha Munroe
James Cook University

Could an ancient microoganism be killing our reefs?

Yui Sato
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Don’t touch those berries—How safe is our packaged food?
Michael Sheridan
James Cook University
Fighting chronic kidney disease with high-intensity excercise
Patrick Tucker
Central Queensland University
Himalayan plant extract a welcome relief for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Phurpa Wangchuk
James Cook University
Helping solar-powered animals fight changing oceans
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.

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.


In 2014 Fresh Science Australia partnered with the British Council to bring FameLab to Australia. The national winner of 2014 FameLab Australia and Fresh Science was Michael Smout from James Cook University, with his research story on cancer-causing worms. Runner up was Tim Brennan from The University of Queensland, with his story on orange-flavoured jet fuel.

The 2014 FameLab Australia and Fresh Science finalists were:

Read more great stories of discovery by checking out the Fresh Science/FameLab state finalists.


Read more great stories of discovery by checking out our state finalists. Thanks to funding through the Inspiring Australia initiative and partners in other states, we included state finals in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia. Fresh Science 2013 state finalists.


In 2012, thanks to funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Inspiring Australia initiative, and partners in other states, we included state finals in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Fresh Science 2012 state finalists.