JJ won the best presentation award for his talk titled The Glowing Promise of Nanomaterials Grown in Plants in Melbourne and Hayley Schultz was selected as a top 10 finalist in the Fresh Science competition in South Australia.
Fresh Science is a nationwide program that provides early career researchers with media training to improve their science communication skills. For South Australie, the training was held at the South Australian Museum over 2 days (12-13 June) and was concluded with a public event at The Elephant British Pub. The event in Melbourne took place at the Belgian Beer Cafe on 20 June.
Both media training involved learning about different types of media (television, radio and print) and then applying the newly found knowledge through being interviewed by media reporters, presenters and writers. At the public event, the finalists participated in the bright spark competition where they shared their research to the public before a sparkler went out.
“The program has taught me how to communicate my research to different target audiences more effectively. I started the program feeling very nervous and with self-doubt, but by the end of the program I felt confident and ready to share my research to anyone!”, Hayley says.