Fresh Science 2016 - call for nominations

@JCU Fresh Science 2016 - call for nominations

Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. Scientists get a day of media training and the chance to share their work with the media, general public and school students.

Fresh Science is 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 ideas in everyday English.

Fresh Science 2016 will run in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. We’ll also run it in other states and territories where we can secure local support.

How to nominate

Check out the selection criteria, read ahead and see what questions will be asked, then go online and nominate via the short, easy and non-painful online application form.

Nominations close 30 March. Events May through July. Check out your state here.

What’s involved?

In each state we will select the top ten applicants. If selected, you will get:

· A day of media training where you will: hear from working journalists about what makes science news for them; find the story in your research with guidance from two experienced science communicators; and practice being interviewed in front of camera and on radio.

· The chance to step on stage and present your science to a friendly audience down at the pub. In some states you will also present to school students.

One story per state will be written up as a press release and issued to the media.

JCU researchers selected for Fresh Science would travel to Brisbane with the support of the JCU’s Division of Research & Innovation (contact Bradley Smith for details).

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Fresh Science South Australia is supported by: the South Australian Museum, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

Fresh Science Western Australia is supported by: the Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame, Australia.

Fresh Science Victoria is supported by Museum Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology and the CSIRO.

Fresh Science New South Wales is supported by the University of New South Wales.

Fresh Science Queensland is supported by eConnect.

Now in its 19th year, Fresh Science has trained over 300 scientists to share their science, and generated hundreds of news stories via TV, print, radio and online. You can read past Fresh Scientists’ stories online at freshscience.org.au/stories

Read more online at www.freshscience.org.au or contact Errol Hunt on (03) 9398 1416.