2 July, 2015

in Fresh Science

Nominations for Fresh Science 2015 have now closed and judging has begun.

Thanks to all 170+ nominees who took the time to tell us about themselves and their science.

We are reading all the nominations right now, and we’ll get back to you all as soon as as soon as we can.

We have quite a few to get through, so we’ll prioritise them by date: Victoria first, then Townsville, etc. We’ll make sure we give you all at least three weeks’ notice of the event in your state.


Fresh Science 2015

We’re looking for the best and brightest early-career researchers who have made a peer-reviewed discovery and received little or no media attention.

Fresh Science is a national competition that selects researchers with research results, an invention, or a discovery, trains them in how to tell their story, and helps them share their findings with the media and the public.

We’re 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 your ideas in everyday English (something we can build on).

Successful applicants will participate in Fresh Science 2015. 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, they’ll face the challenge of explaining their research. We’ll also publish short profiles on each Freshie, and we’ll pitch the best story in each state to the media.

Nominations are now open and close 1 July. Read the full article →


Townsville and Texas researchers discover a genetic basis to temperature tolerance in coral. And it likely depends on ‘mum’s genes’.

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A team of Australian and US scientists have discovered that corals already have the genes to tolerate global warming. It may only be a matter of shuffling them to where they are most needed.

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Far Northern Great Barrier Reef. Reefs around the world are threatened by climate change. A new study shows that some corals have the genes to adapt to warmer oceans. Credit: Line K Bay, AIMS

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A national showcase and national study, 19 June 2015, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, media welcome

Share your data and boost science productive is the message of a national workshop in Canberra today.

Over 40 data collections will be released – covering everything from cloud measurement to pavements and roads, ancient DNA, oral histories of Western Sydney and the changing coastline.

A national study conducted earlier this year showed that sharing and reusing data generated by publicly-funded research activities could lead to haring data could boost Australian research output by between $1.4 billion and $4.9 billion.

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Corals are already adapting to global warming, scientists say

AUSTIN, Texas — Some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes, a team of scientists from The University of Texas at Austin, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Oregon State University have found. The discovery has implications for many reefs now threatened by global warming and shows for the first time that mixing and matching corals from different latitudes may boost reef survival.

The findings were published this week in the journal Science.

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