2016 winner Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, runner-up Noushin Nasiri and audience choice recipient Lucy Weaver ©

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Applications for the 2018 competition have closed!

The entrants were asked to complete an online form and submit a short video of you (up to 3 minutes in length) talking about your research. More details will be available shortly.

Semi-finals will take place in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth during March and April 2018. If you are selected to take part in one of the semi-finals, you will attend the closest event to you and will be asked to present your scientific topic to our panel of judges (don't forget to invite your friends and family to come and watch and support you!).


There will be four semi-finals in 2018, held in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

  • Semi-final 1: Brisbane, QLD - Tuesday 20 March 2018
  • Semi-final 2: Melbourne, VIC - Wednesday 28 March 2018
  • Semi-final 3: Sydney, NSW - Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Semi-final 4: Fremantle, WA - Wednesday 18 April 2018

National final

If you are successful at the semi-finals, you will be invited to attend the national final in Perth, WA, in early May.

Here, 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. You will also undertake intensive presentation training with our visiting UK FameLab International trainer to help you develop invaluable media and presentation skills. You will be given details about this if you selected to go through to the national final.