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David Farmer, FameLab 2015 runner-up, with throphy

2015 RUNNER-UP: David Farmer

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience

David Farmer is a neuroscientist who studies the brainstem, where some of the most ancient and life-essential functions of the brain are carried out. One hindrance to effectively studying the brainstem is that brain cells are numerous, very close together and remarkably squishy. David's FameLab presentation explained how researchers, like himself, are getting around this problem with the use of lasers.


Watch David's performance at the national final in Perth.

Arts NSW

Arts NSW is the NSW Government's arts and culture policy and development body. Arts NSW provides support to artists and key arts and cultural organisations through our infrastructure and funding programs, and targeted strategies.

Global Education Dialogue

Dr Halima Begum

Director, Education, East Asia, British Council

Nessa Carey

Dr Nessa Carey

International Director, PraxisUnico, UK

International Director at PraxisUnico, the UK network for technology transfer professionals.

Erin Walsh

Australian National University

Sweet brains

With instances of diseases like diabetes rising at alarming rates, Erin Walsh is researching what effects rising blood sugar levels have on our brains.  Knowing that parts of the brain will shrink with age, Erin is using data collected from thousands of Australians over 16 years to examine how much of this can be attributed to blood sugar levels. Erin is finding that Higher blood glucose may affect our concentration, mood and memory and not just in those with diabetes. 

Francis Torres

University Lecturer, University of Western Australia

“Space-exploration tools based on light and sound interaction."
After working on biomedical computational physics in Canada, and on space-exploration technologies in Australia, Francis decided to engage with his true calling: communicating science to the general public. Francis loves the stage, whether it be as a musician, actor, acrobat or inspirational speaker. After a stint as a university lecturer, Francis discovered that students give back in the same measure as does a dedicated teacher.


ACCELERATE 2014 recipient Jacob Boehme

Jacob Boehme

Choreographer/writer, Vic

Jacob is a Narangga/Kaurna man, descendant of the peoples of South Australia. He trained in traditional Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Island and contemporary dance at NAISDA College. Choreographic credits include Tanderrum, Melbourne Festival 2013. In 2011, Jacob founded IDJA dance theatre and, in 2012, premiered its first major production, Lu’arn. Jacob's first solo performance Blood on the Dance Floor, will be produced by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company later this year.

Lucy Simpson

Designer, NSW

Lucy Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay woman based in Sydney. Lucy studied at UNSW College of Fine Arts and is the founder of design company, Gaawaa Miyay. Through her work in textiles and graphics, Lucy uses visual narratives to connect, share and celebrate. Lucy is passionate about practical and sustainable Aboriginal design and visual storytelling. Through her practice, community programmes, industry events and public forums, Lucy showcases Indigenous design and contemporary Aboriginal culture.

UK HE International Unit


The UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) initiates and carries out high profile projects and activities to support and develop the breadth and depth of the UK HE sector's international activities. It supports the sector's engagement in European Union and Bologna Process policy debates.  The IU is a central observatory and intelligence unit on higher education internationalisation and policy developments for UK higher education institutions.