FameLab 2017 Western Australia Semi-Final Highlights

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FameLab 2017 Western Australia Semi-Final Highlights


  Last updated May 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm


9 of the country’s top science communicators got their 3 minutes of fame at the FameLab Western Australia semi-final. This was the last of the 2017 semi-finals after QLD, VIC and NSW. The WA semi-final was held at the Western Australia Maritime Museum on Wednesday 12 April 2017.

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

Science communicator Sarah Lau was the presenter for the WA state semi-final.

The judges –

  • Prof Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, former WA Australian Scientist of the Year

  • Alec Coles OBE FRSA, CEO of Western Australian Museum

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

In order of presentation, the Western Australia state finalists were:

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

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

  • Laura Dondzilo, University of Western Australia: “Looking towards a curvier ideal for women”

  • Chaminda Ranasinghe,Edith Cowan University, “The bloody affair”

  • Ifrah Abdullahi,Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, “Ensuring the scale is equal for all”

  • Narelle Dybing, Murdoch University, “Pesky pests and their parasite guests”

  • Abdelrahman Elkhateeb,Curtin University, “Petrophysics, the icon of the subsurface team”

  • Leanda Denise Mason, Curtin University, “Trapdoor spiderlings: poor life choices”

  • Hannah Etchells,University of Western Australia, “Catastrophic wildfires: too hot to handle”

After fascinating presentations, the winners were announced:

  • WINNER: Bronwyn Ayre from University of Western Australia

  • RUNNER-UP: Ifrah Abdullahi from University of Western Australia

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE: Chaminda Ranasinghe from Edith Cowan University

Bronwyn and Chaminda will be going onto the national final in Fremantle, WA on 4 May 2017. Unfortunately Ifrah will not be attending due to the arrival of her baby!

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

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