Fresh Science takes young researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science.
More than 60 early-career researchers get a taste of life in the limelight, with a day of media training and a public event in their home state.
Then we throw the media spotlight on 12 of the best and brightest young scientists, putting them through a four-day media bootcamp in Melbourne.
Nominations are now open and close 5pm, Friday 1 March 2013.
Read on for more information, or jump straight to the nomination page.
We’re looking for:
- early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD)
- a peer-reviewed discovery which has had little or no media coverage
- some ability to present ideas in everyday English
- from absolutely any field of science
State finalists will meet journalists and learn essential communication skills in a one day media training course, followed by a public event where they’ll get to practice their new skills.
Then, the 12 best candidates from the state finals will head to Melbourne for the Fresh Science national final – an intense four-day media boot camp, where they’ll present their work to the media, meet government and science leaders, explain their work over a beer with strangers and try to inspire a room full of schoolkids with their science.
Last year’s Fresh Science national finalists were featured in more than 400 news stories on TV and radio, in print and online. You can stories about past Fresh Scientists at: www.freshscience.org.au
Now in its 16th year, Fresh Science is supported by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Inspiring Australia initiative, CSL Limited and Museum Victoria.
Ready to apply? Click through for details of how to nominate.