Murdoch researchers state finalists in Fresh Science competition

August 19, 2015

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Dr Sofie De Meyer one of three state finalists

Three young Murdoch University researchers will be vying for top billing at the Fresh Science Western Australia event, set to be held at 6pm on Wednesday, August 19 at the Brisbane Hotel in Highgate.

Fresh Science is a national competition run by Science in Public that helps early-career researchers share their stories of discovery and gain national media coverage for their work.

Over 170 early-career scientists from around Australia nominated for Fresh Science 2015, with 20 of them received from WA. Ten finalists were selected from WA, with three of the state’s freshest young scientists coming from Murdoch University.

The Murdoch finalists are:

  • Dr Julie Ardley, Murdoch University, Centre for Rhizobium Studies – Julie’s research is on new symbolic species of Microvigra bacteria
  • Dr Stephanie Godfrey, Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences – Stephanie’s research is on ‘Avoiding the relatives in lizard social networks’
  • Dr Sofie De Meyer, Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Life sciences – Sofie’s research centred on ‘Sustainably feeding Australian sheep’

Since 1997, Fresh Science has trained more than 250 early-career scientist on how to present their science in a way that is accessible to a general audience.

“For 18 years Fresh Science has been helping young Australian scientists find their story and their voice, and empowering these future leaders of science to engage with the community, media, government and industry,” said Niall Byrne, Creative Director of Science in Public.

“The program takes young researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them skills that they’ll use to talk about their discoveries throughout their careers.

“We look forward to seeing Julie, Sofie and Stephanie in the media talking about their work in coming months.”

Julie, Stephanie and Sofie and the remaining finalist selected for Fresh Science Western Australia, will present their work at the ‘pub event’ with a difference. As well as compressing all their years of research into a one-minute talk, they’ll also be having a go at presenting their science via poetry, dance and limericks.

Presenting complex ideas to non-specialists in an engaging way is a difficult task” said Professor David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Development.

“Yet this is vitally important if the great research undertaken by scientists here at Murdoch is to be taken up by society at large.

“In this way, I know the University will be well represented in tonight’s competition and wish Julie, Stephanie and Sophie all the best.”

Murdoch University’s Associate Professor Kris Warren is a Fresh Science alumnus having been named as a national finalist back in 2001 for her work on Saving orang-utans

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Jade August 19, 2015

I hope the three win. Go girls!

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