FameLab 2017 Queensland Semi-Final Highlights

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FameLab 2017 Queensland Semi-Final Highlights


  Last updated May 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm


Check out the highlights from Famelab’s Queensland semi-final.

11 of the country’s top science communicators got their 3 minutes of fame at the FameLab QLD semi-final on 22 March 2017. This was the first state semi-final for 2017 and was part of the World Science Festival Brisbane, at the Queensland Museum.

The FameLab Australia competition is coordinated by British Council in Australia.

Journalist Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National was the presenter on the QLD state semi-final.

The judges:

  • Shelley Dunlop, manager of the Inspiring Australia program in Queensland

  • Dr Jane Andrews, founder and investor of numerous innovative companies

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

It was interesting to learn that Prof Lyn Beazley AO, the former chief science of Western Australia and one of our Bragg members, played a key role in getting the FameLab competition to Australia after seeing it in the UK and subsequently approaching the British Council in Australia.

In order of presentation, the QLD state finalists were:

  • Anna-Liisa Sutt, University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine/Queensland Health/Critical Care Research Group – Dying to talk

  • Leynard Natividad Marin, James Cook University – Phosphorus recovery from domestic urine to produce fertiliser

  • Samuel Hinton, University of Queensland – The Biggest Fireworks in the Universe

  • Maria Nayfa, James Cook University – Supersize Me: Determining the Genomic Health of Selective Breeding Programs

  • Holly Harris, Queensland University of Technology – What the fuss?

  • Mary McMillan, University of New England – A biological and genetic approach to understanding different types of depression

  • Ghanendra Gartaula, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland – Is wheat porridge possible?

  • Ken Dutton-Regester, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute – The Switch Up: How to Change a ‘Drug-Resistant’ Melanoma into ‘Drug-Sensitive’ One

  • Hayley Teasdale, University of Canberra – It begins with a spark

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

  • Cecile Godde, University of Queensland – Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation / CSIRO – Sustainable grasslands intensification: a key solution for a healthier planet

After fascinating presentations, the winners were announced:

  • WINNER: Ken Dutton-Regester from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

  • RUNNER-UP: Maria Nayfa from James Cook University, and

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE: David Harman, from Griffith University

Congratulations to Ken and Maria who will be going onto the national FameLab final in Perth on 4 May 2017. Congratulations!

Event details for the other state semi-finals here. It’s free to attend and to enjoy a night of great science communication!

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

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