Monday, 22 June 2015

Nominate your best early-career researchers for Fresh Science

Fresh Science are looking for the best and brightest early-career researchers who have made a peer-reviewed discovery and as-yet received little or no media attention for it.

Successful applicants will participate in Fresh Science NSW: First, a day of media and communication training, learning how to find the key, compelling ‘story’ in their research, and how to tell that story. Then, in the following pub night, the challenge of explaining their research in the time it takes a party sparkler to burn out.

Applicants can be researching in any field of science – from medicine to mathematics, from environmental science to computer science.

Nominations are now open and close 25 June.

Fresh Science are looking for:
·         early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD)
·         a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage
·         some ability to present ideas in everyday English.

Fresh Science helps young researchers develop expertise in presenting their ideas clearly to a general audience and to the media, demonstrating to the media that science in Australia is exciting, vibrant and successful.

Please circulate this information to anyone who you think would fit the criteria. Below is further information on how and why to nominate, and you can read more at

How to nominate
Read the full selection criteria, then see what questions will be asked in the nomination form.  We recommend applicants write their project summary and project description in Word or similar, and collect all the other information they need, then cut and paste their answers into the online application form.

About the Fresh Science program
The Fresh Science judging panel will select ten applicants for each state event. These Fresh Scientists are invited to a day of media training in their home state followed by a public event (two public events, in some states).

During the media-training day in August, the Fresh Scientists learn how to communicate their discovery with a lay audience and will hear what makes science news. They also learn how to pitch their discovery to print, radio and TV and participate in mock interviews. We prepare a press release for the best story from each state event.

And that night at a city pub the Fresh Scientists take on the challenge of explaining their research in the time it takes a party sparkler to burn out.
About Fresh Science

Now in its 18th year, Fresh Science NSW is supported in 2015 by the University of New South Wales.

Fresh Science has generated hundreds of news stories via TV, print, radio and online. You can read past Fresh Scientists’ stories online at

For further information about Fresh Science visit or contact Errol Hunt on (03) 9078 5398 or email

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