Before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part in this competition!

Applications for the 2016 competition are now CLOSED

We received a record number of applications for the 2016 competition, so thanks to all who entered! We are now in the process of reviewing your applications and will be in touch with you shortly to inform you of the next steps. 

If you are selected to take part in a national semi-final event, you will attend the semi-final closest to you and present your scientific topic to our panel of judges! (Don't forget to invitе your friends and family to come and watch and support you!).


Exact dates and locations of the semi-finals are to be confirmed. However, there will be four semi-finals in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia in March and April 2016.

Semi-final 1: Brisbane, QLD - Wed 9 March 2016

Semi-final 2: Melbourne, VIC - Wed 23 March 2016

Semi-final 3: Sydney, NSW - Thurs 7 April 2016

Semi-final 4: Fremantle, WA - Thurs 14 April 2016

National final

If you are successful at the semi-finals, you will be invited to attend the national final in Perth, WA where you will be asked to give second presentation, which can be based on the same research but must be sufficiently different to your first presentation. At the national final you will also undertake a 'Communication Masterclass' that will help you develop invaluable media and presentation skills. You will be given details about this if you selected as a winner at the semi-finals.

In 2016, the national final will be held in May.