FameLab 2017 National Final – Part 2

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FameLab 2017 National Final - Part 2


  Last updated May 30, 2017 at 12:27 pm


Watch the coverage of the FameLab National Final.

Part 2 features the second half of the night, the winner announcements, plus special interviews with the winner, Alan Duffy and Robyn Williams. Make sure you watch Part 1 for the first half of the night!

FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world.

Since its birth at Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into the world’s largest science communication competition, with contestants from over 25 countries taking part each year. Throughout March and April, 44 of the country’s top researchers have presented their three minute stories of science on stage.

On Thursday 4 May, the national final with 11 of the country’s top science communicators was held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. It was a booked out event with the audience supporting and cheering on the finalists. Between the semi-finals and the final, each of the contestants honed and perfected their stories. It was a night of truly some of the best science communication to have come out of Australia.

The FameLab Australia competition is presented by the British Council in Australia.

Prof Alan Duffy, popular science communicator and astrophysicist, was the MC for the night.

The judges –

  • Helen O’Neil, director of British Council in Australia

  • Robyn Williams, ABC Radio National

  • Prof Lyn Beazley, former Chief Scientist of Western Australia

In order of presentation, the 2017 FameLab national finalists were:

  • Andrew Katsis, Deakin University, The benefits of being an attentive embryo

  • Maria Nayfa, James Cook University, Tinder for Fish

  • David Harman, Griffith University, Epidemic Modelling: How many could you infect?

  • Bronwyn Ayre, University of Western Australia and Kings Park, The Birds and the Bees

  • Chaminda Ranasinghe, Edith Cowan University, Plaques and tangles: The hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Ronald Chun-Wai Yu, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Big Bran Theory

  • Nural Cokcetin, ithree institute, University of Technology Sydney The sweet treat(ment) for your microbiome

  • Ken Dutton-Regester, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute What’s in a Signature?

  • Vini Gautam, Australian National University, Rewiring the brain

  • Naomi Koh Belic, University of Technology Sydney, Proteomic characterisation of stem cells

  • Tahlia Perry, University of Adelaide, Saving our beloved echidnas using genetic tools

After fascinating presentations, the winners were announced:

  • WINNER AND AUDIENCE CHOICE: Nural Cokcetin from ithree institute, University of Technology Sydney

  • RUNNER-UP: Andrew Katsis from Deakin University

Congratulations to all the winners and best of luck to Nural as she goes onto the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK in June to participate in the FameLab International Finals!

We are proud to be a media partner with the British Council in Australia to this event.

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