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?’
VICTORIA - THURSDAY 30 March
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'