[ASA] Nominations for Fresh Science have been extended to 7 March 2013

Kate Brooks Kate.Brooks at csiro.au
Thu Feb 28 07:26:33 AEDT 2013


Nominations for Fresh Science have been extended to next week Thursday 7 March 2013 at 5pm.
With ARC and NHMRC grant deadlines looming, we’ve received some pleas for a few days grace so we’ve decided to keep nominations open till next week.
If you know any early-career researchers who have made a discovery and want to practice talking about it to the media and the public, encourage them to nominate for Fresh Science 2013.
Sixty young scientists will gain the skills and confidence to about their work to any audience. Here’s what one of last year’s Fresh Scientists told us.
Last Friday I was at a pub and meeting many new people who had an interest in what I did…I was amazed how easily I could think, OK I will give them 20 seconds, and be able to get across what I do that quickly! A big part was the exposure to people from the media, the mock interview both on TV and radio at the state finals was very different to “pretending” to be on camera… I have more confidence in my personal style of communication.
Nominating is easy, more fun than an NHMRC or ARC grant application, and the whole process is online.
The key information we need is:
·        Nominee’s qualifications
·        A 60 word project summary
·        A 400 word project description
·        Evidence of peer review supporting the quality of your science.
Applicants can be researching in any field of science – from medicine to mathematics, from environmental science to computer science.
Nominations extended to 5pm, Thursday 7 March 2013.
Read the selection criteria here.
Apply online here.
Please feel free to circulate this information to anyone who you think would fit the criteria.
Kind regards,
About Fresh Science
Fresh Science is a national competition which trains early-career scientists to present their science to a general audience and the media.
Right now Australia needs scientists talking to the media, reaching out through social media and talking directly with the community. So if you are an early-career researcher and have done some peer reviewed science, consider nominating for Fresh Science and gain skills and confidence in talking about your work to any audience.
State finals will be held in April/May, followed by the national final in Melbourne 22-25 July.
State finals
The Fresh Science judging panel will select the top 10-12 applicants for each state. These entrants will be invited to the state finals, which will include a day of media training in their home state followed by a networking function.
During the day, the participants will learn how to communicate their discovery with a lay audience and will hear from working journalists about what makes science news. They will also practice being interviewed for print, radio and TV.
State finals will be held in April/May, with successful candidates from the ACT and NT flown to the nearest state final.
The national final
The top candidates from each state, as selected by the presentation trainers, will be flown to Melbourne for the Fresh Science national final.
The four-day national final program consists of:
·        advanced/additional media and communication training including a forum on talking to government and talking to business/commercialisation session
·        presentations to a range of audiences in the course of the four day ‘boot camp’ including a pub event, dinner, school talks
·        issuing a media release about their discovery
Fresh Science assists the media to identify and publish accurate stories about Australian science. It demonstrates that science in Australia is exciting, vibrant and successful. Fresh Science encourages and provides recognition for Australia’s best young scientists and engineers.
Last year’s Fresh Science national finalists featured in over 400 news stories on TV and radio, in print and online.
For more information and to read the stories from previous Fresh Scientists, go to: www.freshscience.org.au
For any enquiries email Tim: tim at scienceinpublic.comau
Now in its 16th year, Fresh Science is supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Inspiring Australia initiative and Museum Victoria.
Niall Byrne
Creative Director
Science in Public
82 Hudsons Road, Spotswood  Vic  3015
(PO Box 2076 Spotswood VIC 3015)
03 9398-1416, 03 9078-5398, 0417 131 977
niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
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