2017 FameLab finalists

We received some fantastic FameLab entries this year and, after much deliberation, our judges have selected 46 of the country's most charismatic researchers to go through to the semi-finals of our science communication compeition.

Join us at the live events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle as the semi-finalists take to the stage in their quest to become the FameLab champion for 2017. The question is – who will be able to handle the heat?

All events are completely FREE to attend, but must be pre-booked in advance.

The first semi-final took place in Queensland on Wednesday 22 March. Eleven competitors told their dynamic three-minute science stories —on topics as diverse as epidemic modeling and the biological and genetic characteristics of depression — to an enthusiastic audience of festival goers. But there can only be a few winners on the night! Congratulations to:

  • WINNER: Ken Dutton-Regester from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, for his presentation ‘The switch up: Making a ‘drug-resistant’ melanoma sensitive again’  
  • RUNNER-UP: Maria Nayfa from James Cook University for her presentation ‘Supersize me: determining the genomic health of sensitive breeding programs’, and
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE: David Harman, for his presentation ‘Epidemic modelling: How many could you infect?’


Next up, is the semi-final in VIC on Thursday 30 March. Join us at the free event at the Melbourne Museum to see the following researchers present their stories of science live on stage:

  • Brooke Huuskes, Monash University: 'You, me and pee'
  • Natalie Gasz, Deakin University: 'Maggots: friend or foe?'
  • Shaz Sivanesan, Monash University: 'Recalibrating the magic bullet – Polymyxins'
  • Amy Shepherd, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health: 'How iPads for mice can help us find a treatment for Alzheimer's'
  • Chris Voisey, Monash University: 'Earthquake gold, where and how'
  • Nicolas Molnar, Monash University: 'How continents break apart'
  • Andrew Katsis, Deakin University: 'The benefits of being an attentive embryo'
  • Daniel Langley, La Trobe University: 'Removing the bottle neck from determing the building blocks of life'
  • Amy Edwards, La Trobe University: 'How controlling is your mum?'
  • Georgy Falster, University of Adelaide: 'Leaving a trail'
  • Abdullah Saed, University of South Australia: 'Visible Light Communications' 
  • Vini Gautam, Australian National University: 'Rewiring the brain'