Eureka photos and finalists; Science Week stories; and drinks in Syd, Mel & Can

Bulletins, Media bulletins

No news from me this week – how can I compete with 3km high mountains on Pluto, found by a spacecraft the size of a piano that’s been travelling for 9½ years.

But there will be a deluge of stories over the coming weeks.

Next Friday 24 July we’ll have the Eureka Prizes photos and finalists – ten amazing photos and 49 finalists from every mainland state and the ACT. We can brief on embargo from Wednesday.

And coming up in mid-August – National Science Week – over 1,000 events, speakers, issues, and a national experiment – where everyone can help solve the mysteries of galaxy evolution. Highlights below.

We’ve got briefings (and wine) in Sydney on Tuesday, Canberra Friday, and Melbourne the following Thursday where we’ll reveal more about Science Week.

And if you’re looking for fresh, young scientists with a story to tell? Fresh Science will be touring around the country from 28 July.

Our 2015 Stories of Australian Science are also out.

From printed body parts to insulin in plant seeds, our annual collection of science stories is now available online at cleared for publication and with hi-res images.

This collection features more than 50 stories and celebrates the best of the past year’s Australian science. And there’s a special feature on Australia Japan collaboration.

More below.

And for the diary:
• L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowships – 8 September, Sydney
• The Eureka Prizes – 26 August, Sydney
• Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – 21 October, Canberra
• CSL Florey Medal – 11 November, Canberra

We’ll be able to brief working journalists about the winners of these prizes on embargo.

If you want to know more about any of the above drop me an email or call the office on (03) 9398 1416.

Eureka Prize finalists and photos announced next Friday

Last year the Eureka Prize winners included: a $2 smartphone microscope; floaties for choppers; some amazing science photography; and excellence in Australian science.

We’ll be announcing this year’s finalists next Friday in this bulletin – and on Twitter @eurekaprizes and #Eureka15.

The winners will be awarded at the prize dinner at the Sydney Town Hall on 26 August.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in research and innovation, leadership, science communication and journalism, and school science. More at:

Here are a couple of the photography finalists from last year:

An Ancient Landscape for Modern Science, Pete Wheeler

An Ancient Landscape for Modern Science, Pete Wheeler

Thorny Problems, Richard Wylie

Thorny Problems, Richard Wylie

Wearable technology on the runway; knitting
neurons; and can science save humanity?

Briefing events:science week
• NSW on Tuesday 21 July at Business Events Sydney
• ACT on Friday 24 July at Canberra Innovation Network
• VIC on Thursday 30 July at the Royal Society of Victoria

At these events we’ll reveal some of the highlights of the week, and introduce some interesting and useful local contacts and share ideas on growing Science Week in the years ahead.

Some highlights of Science Week 2015 include:

Register to attend via Eventbrite. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Please pass on the invite to colleagues who might be interested in the potential of National Science Week.

Looking for a fresh, young scientist with a story to tell?

Fresh Science starts in Victoria on 28 July… then coming to every mainland state

We had over 170 applications for Fresh Science this year, and over the coming months we’ll be sharing some of the best of these with you.

All state finalists will also present their work at pub events around the country: in Melbourne 29 July, Townsville 3 August, Brisbane 17 August, Perth 19 August, Adelaide 24 August and Sydney 31 August.

We’d love to see you there.

Bookings via Eventbrite (or click here for Brisbane).

Stories of Australian Science 2015 – out nowstoriewe

• From the underground hunt for dark matter to 3D-printed jet engines
• From printed body parts to insulin in plant seeds
• From better tasting bread for China to the underlying genetics of epilepsy
This collection features more than 50 stories and celebrates the best of the past year’s Australian science. And there’s a special feature on Australia Japan collaboration.

We’ve also included the winners of many of Australia’s science prizes: people whose discoveries and inventions are transforming mining, medicine, maths and more.

And we’ve got the best young researchers from Fresh Science.

All the stories are available online at cleared for publication with hi-res images.

More about Science in Public

We’re always happy to help put you in contact with scientists. Our work is funded by the science world – from the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes to Nature. We’re keen to suggest interesting people and stories – and not just those of our clients’.

If you’re looking for ideas or people for features we know hundreds of science prize winners past, present, and future and are always happy to chew the fat about the developing themes in Australian science.
Feel free to pass these stories along to colleagues. And between bulletins, you can follow me on Twitter (@scienceinpublic) for more science news and story tips.

Kind regards,

Niall Byrne
Creative Director
Science in Public

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