Tell us about Indonesia; new million dollar fellowships; meet our Freshies in Brisbane and Sydney; media training; and more

Bulletins, Science stakeholder bulletins

Indonesia: we’re writing a collection of short innovation stories for the Australia-Indonesia Centre and our brief isn’t restricted to work funded by the Centre. So if you know of any examples of collaborative research between Indonesia and Australia, please let me know.

This is a collection that we hope will be useful to government, business, science and cultural leaders, and that will contribute to a better understanding between our two nations.

Stories for global audiences: We’ve got hundreds of other cleared stories that can be used to help you promote Australian science and innovation on our Stories of Australian Science website.

We can create custom links for you based on organisation, area of science, state, or country. Follow these links for our Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, WA, and Tas stories for example. And these ones for Indonesia, Japan, US collaborations.

We welcome commissions for new stories. More below.


  • Two $1.25 million CSL Centenary Fellowships for mid-career researchers
  • Ten NSW prizes with a $105,000 prize pool
  • Three Menzies postgraduate scholarships
  • Royal Society of Victoria prizes
  • Student science writing prizes

Physics: the biennial physics talkfest comes to Brisbane in December – this year the Australian Institute of Physics joins forces with the Asian-Pacific Physics Conference. The deadline for abstracts is 18 July. More at

Plus, Fresh Science in Sydney and Brisbane, media training in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

And don’t forget to talk to us if your team needs help with communication planning, training and delivery. We work around Australia helping researchers reach new audiences.

Kind regards,

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Australia and Indonesia working together – tell us your stories

We’re writing a collection of short innovation stories for the Australia-Indonesia Centre and our brief isn’t restricted to work funded by the Centre. So if you know of any examples of collaborative research between the two countries, please let me know.

This is a collection that we hope will be useful to government, business, science and cultural leaders, and that will contribute to a better understanding between our two nations.

We want to feature high profile projects such as Eliminate Dengue, rotavirus vaccine trials, and the discovery of Flores man.

But we also want to hear about smaller projects that have improved farming, energy availability, or sustainability for remote communities.

And we’re open to suggestions in the social sciences, arts and civil society as long as there’s innovation, and a research component.

The first batch of stories will be published online in August with the full collection published later in the year.

All we need is a story lead – one line about the project and the organisations involved. A web link, background information and a photo are all welcome but not needed.

Please email me at with your suggestions, mentioning Indonesia in the subject line.

Stories ready to go for your promotions of Australian science and innovation

We have literally hundreds of Stories of Australian Science which are free for you to use to promote your work, and that of your organisation.

They’re all online at with images, and cleared by the featured researchers.

They include special collections such as:

  • Japan stories – 15 examples of Australia-Japan collaborations, developed for the Australian Embassy in Tokyo
  • US stories – 40 examples of how Australian science has changed America – developed for the Australian Department of Industry
  • China stories – 30 stories of Australian-China collaborations – developed for the Australian Department of Industry
  • Indonesia stories – so far we’ve got five stories and more in development with the Australian-Indonesia Centre
  • Leaders in science profiles – past winners of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and other awards such as the CSL Florey Medal, Clunies Ross Awards etc.

We can also create unique links to the collection for specific organisations, countries, states or other themes such as:

Or talk to us about commissioning your own story collection.

Our latest 70 stories are all online and are about to be published in print in Stories of Australian Science 2016. And you can follow @AusSciStories on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to find out about new additions to the collection.

Meet the Sydney and Brisbane Freshies

Hear about what drives drug resistant bacteria, whether sensitivity to pain is learned, and eight other Fresh Science stories at Collectors Café at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane on 18 July – register via EventBrite.

Then in Sydney on 26 July, hear about mending broken hearts, personalised medicine, and others at the 3 Wise Monkeys Hotel – register via EventBrite.

And keep an eye on #FreshSci on Twitter for the winners’ stories.

In 2016, Fresh Science is giving 50 up-and-coming researchers from 30 organisations the chance to hone their communication skills, and practise presenting their science to journalists, schoolkids, science leaders, and to the public at a pub.

Thank you to the 17 universities, four museums, and other groups who have partnered with us to deliver Fresh Science 2016.

Fresh Science Brisbane is supported by econnect communication, Queensland Government, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast.

Fresh Science Sydney is supported by UNSW and the Australian Museum.

You can see a full list on our website:

Prizes for physicists; medical researchers; science communicators and more

$60,000 major prize, plus nine $5,000 prizes for top NSW scientists and engineers

The NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering reward leading researchers for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for NSW.

There are nine $5,000 prizes for different areas of science and innovation, including biology, medicine, earth sciences, teaching and engineering up for grabs.

Plus, the $60,000 NSW Premier’s Prize for Scientist of the Year – past winners of this prestigious award include Graeme Jameson, whose trillions of bubbles earned billions of dollars for Australia, world leader in quantum computing Michelle Simmons, and obesity researcher and Director of the new Charles Perkins Centre, Stephen Simpson.

Nominations close Friday 29 July.

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Two new $1.25 million CSL Centenary Fellowships for mid-career researchers

CSL are celebrating 100 years in science by establishing two new annual fellowships – each worth $1.25 million over five years. These generous fellowships will cover a full-time salary, plus research costs and/or a postdoc assistant.

They are open to mid-career (three to eight years post-doctoral) medical researchers for discovery and translational research, with a focus on rare and serious diseases, immunology, and inflammation.

Applications close Sunday 31 July.

More at:

Three scholarships for postgraduate study from the Menzies Foundation

The Allied Health scholarships have closed for this year, but you can still apply for scholarships to study Engineering or Law at an overseas university.

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Prizes for student science writers

The Australian Academy of Science and the National Museum of Australia are offering a $3,000 writing prize for essays based on original, unpublished student research.

Entries for the Mike Smith Student Prize for History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History are open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. They may focus on any aspect of the history of Australian science (including medicine and technology) or Australian environmental history.

Entries close Tuesday 4 October.

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And the Royal Society of Victoria is teaming up with Lateral Magazine (an online magazine written by young science communicators), to offer the Undergraduate Award for Science Communication.

Victorian undergraduate students are invited to submit articles on an issue relating to science and/or technology which they consider to be of interest to wider society.

The winning entry will receive $500 and their article will be published in Lateral Magazine.

Entries close Sunday 31 July.

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And also from the Royal Society of Victoria

The $3,000 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences – rewarding excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences. Applications close Friday 29 July.

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And the Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in Physical Sciences, in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and related sciences. Closing Wednesday 31 August.

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Need help explaining your science? Come to media training

We’ve got media and communication training courses coming up in:

  • Melbourne: Thursday 21 July, Tuesday 6 September, Thursday 27 October, Tuesday 13 December
  • Sydney: Friday 2 September, Tuesday 15 November
  • Adelaide: Thursday 4 August
  • Perth: Wednesday 14 September

Registration is now open for all courses via EventBrite.

In this course, we’ll help you shape the story of your research into a form that works for the media, as well as for government, industry and other stakeholders.

Over the years we’ve helped Monash launch the world’s first printed jet engine, revealed the loss of half the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, helped CERN announce the Higgs boson, and revealed the link between CSIRO’s Wi-Fi patent and Aussie astronomy.

Working journalists from television, print and radio will join us over the course of the day to explain what makes news for them. And you’ll get the chance to practise being interviewed in front of a camera and on tape.

The day’s insights and training will help you feel more comfortable in dealing with journalists when media opportunities arise.

Find out more at

Science in Public – planning, mentoring, communicating

Contact me to find out more about our services to train, mentor, plan and deliver media and communication strategies for science.  We offer:

Communication plans, mentoring and training
We can review your stakeholders, messages and tools and help you and your communication team refine your plans. We offer this service for individual announcements or for a whole program or institute.

Media releases, launches, and campaigns
We can help you develop an outreach program, from a simple media release through to a launch, a summit, a conference, or a film.

Publications and copy-writing
From a tweet to a newsletter; from a brochure to a Nature supplement, we can write compelling and accurate science-driven copy which captures the essence of your story and purpose.
Kind regards,

Niall Byrne

Creative Director
Science in Public

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