Case studies; build your profile; comms training; the PM’s Science Prizes and more

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Case studies and profile building

We can help you raise the profile of your research and researchers by:

  • writing case studies and stories for you to use with your institution’s communication platforms
  • publishing your stories via social media, media, the web, your stakeholders, flyers and our Stories of Australian Science
  • teaching your researchers how to tell and pitch their own stories.

For example, for $5,000 we can write 10 short case studies; for $10,000 we can write them, share them, and get some attention for your researchers. If you’d like more information give me a call – 0417 131 977.

China and Japan 

If you’ve had any recent success with collaborations in China or Japan, I’d love to hear about it. I’m visiting China and Japan at the end of the month with a City of Melbourne Business Mission. I’ll be tweeting and We-Chatting about great collaborations in research and also drawing on our past lists and case studies:


Communication training for researchers is happening around the country over the next few months. If your researchers need some guidance, mentoring or practice in media interviews, social media or pitching, check out the courses in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne. Details below.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

$750,000 for science/innovation/teaching—nominations for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science now open

Have you ever nominated someone for a prize? Felt the buzz on anticipation when you hear they are a finalist? Shared the thrill as they win? Then watched the impact it has on their career?

It’s time to put forward your unrecognised leaders and your rising stars for a Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. And if you don’t have time to drive the nomination, pass this email on to someone who does.

And more prizes

Read on for details about the PM’s Prizes and other prizes open right now including the Eureka’s, L’Oréal, Tall Poppies and Academy awards.



Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Can you help recognise the best in Australian science, innovation and science teaching?

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and they need your help to find potential winners.

The Prizes recognise:

  • Leading Australian scientists who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
  • Exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.
  • Early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—for the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
  • Promising early to mid-career innovators from industry and researchwhose work has the potential to enhance our economy through the translation of scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact—for the $50,000 Prize for New Innovators.
  • Inspiring science, mathematics and technology teachers who are dedicated to innovative teaching and inspiring the next generation—for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

The guidelines for the Prizes have been updated for 2018 so make sure you review the latest information, including nomination forms, at: contact 13 28 46.

Read about past winners at

Nominations are open until 5.00pm (AEDT) 26 March 2018.

Other awards now open

Eureka Prizes

The ‘Oscars of Australian science,’ the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes celebrate research, science communication and journalism, leadership, and students. In 2018 there are 16 prizes and a prize pool of $160,000 on offer.

Finalists will be announced online in July, and winners at a gala dinner on August 29. Applications close Friday 4 May 2018.

More information at:

Academy of Science Awards

Nominations and applications for the Australian Academy of Science’s 2019 honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships are now open.

The Academy Medal and Honorific Awards recognise outstanding contributions to the advancement of science from senior scientists as well as early and mid-career researchers, in the physical and biological sciences.

Research funding, conference and lecture funding and travel opportunities are also available. More at:

L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowships

Since 2007, 39 outstanding local women in science have been awarded a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowship.

Each Fellow is awarded $25,000 for a one-year project. This is intended to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields and the winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, conference and travel costs or other items they may need to continue their research.

Four Australians and one Kiwi will be awarded the $25,000 Fellowships in 2018.

Nominations close Monday 12 March 2018.

More at:

AIPS Tall Poppies

The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise excellent up-and-coming researchers, alongside a proven ability and passion to engage the wider community with science.

Run by the Australian Institute for Policy & Science, these awards are often a stepping stone to other science awards.

Nominations close Monday 9 April 2018.

More at:

Do you know of China-Australia or Japan-Australia collaborations?

Last year we asked you for examples of collaborative research involving Australia and China. Thank you to all those who responded—you helped us get an idea of the work on this space.
Now we want to hear about:

  • Research collaborations between China-Australia (including updates on projects you told us about last time). We’ll be writing six of the strongest examples into factsheets for the Australian Embassy in Beijing.
  • Past or present success stories of Victoria-based organisations working with China or Japan. For Japan collaborations, we’re particularly interested in health and start-up/innovation. For China, we’re particularly interested in health, urban design, aviation and start-up/innovation.

We’ll be turning 10 of these into short stories for the City of Melbourne.

Niall is accompanying the Business Mission to China and Japan in late March, where he’ll be gathering further stories from the participants.

We’re interested in research that has already achieved a commercial application or some other practical outcome for both nations.

So if you know of any examples, please contact myself and my colleague Lydia, on and with information about the work and the details of the scientist we can talk to (if it’s not you).

Communication training—book now for 2018

We offer a flexible range of training programs to help your researchers understand their audiences, the essence of their story, and how to build their profile with the audiences and stakeholders that matter for their projects and for their long-term career development.

Our offerings include:

  • Meet your audience: from government, business, and/or the media
  • Make your pitch: what’s the essence of your story
  • Build your profile: websites, media, social media
  • Make your story work for mainstream media
  • Presentation training: make your story come to life
  • Photography and videography for scientists.

For more information on a bespoke course, visit or call us on (03) 9398 1416.

We also hold regular media and communication training workshops around Australia, for scientists and those who communicate science.

In 2018, our media and communication training course for scientists will be in:

  • Melbourne: Thursday 12 April, Tuesday 5 June
  • Adelaide: Tuesday 8 May
  • Sydney: Wednesday 4 July
  • Perth: Thursday 10 May
  • Other cities & dates on demand.

Registration is now open for all courses via EventBrite.

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

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

82 Hudsons Road, Spotswood VIC 3015
PO Box 2076 Spotswood VIC 3015

03 9398 1416, 0417 131 977



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