Science discoveries shared over a pint – Fresh Science at the pub



This year’s 12 Fresh Science national finalists, picked from five state finals involving 60 young scientists are:

  • Julie Lovisa, James Cook University
  • Wai Woo, Monash University
  • Alexe Bojovschi, RMIT University
  • Hossein Mokhtarzadeh, University of Melbourne
  • Robin Beck, University of New South Wales
  • Angela Crean, University of New South Wales
  • Christian Reynolds, University of South Australia
  • Yee Lian Chew, University of Sydney
  • Aliaa Shallan, University of Tasmania
  • Lee Hickey, University of Queensland
  • Evan Stephens, University of Queensland
  • Ruth Thornton, University of Western Australia

We’ll be issuing media releases about their discovery in the coming weeks – starting with Wai’s research into using alcohol to make better asthma inhalers and Ruth’s research into using a cystic fibrosis treatment to help treat children with inner ear infections.

If you’re going to be in Melbourne this Monday 22 July, you can hear about the discoveries of all the Fresh Scientists over a beer at the Duke of Kent.

Science performer Chris Krishna-Pillay will introduce this year’s 12 Fresh Science national finalists and put them under the pump, challenging them to describe their work in rhyme, reason or verse… and using the odd firework.

About Fresh Science

Fresh Science is a national program that trains early-career science researchers to tell their stories of discovery to the media and public.

We’ve selected 12 ‘Freshies’ to participate in the national finals, from 22-25 July, on the basis of their ability to communicate and the newsworthiness of their discovery.

So far they’ve had to write their own press releases, practise radio and TV interviews, polish their ‘elevator pitches’, come up with answers to tricky questions, and entertain a crowd over a glass of wine.

The four-day national final will provide them with more in-depth training in presentation and talking to media. We aim to teach them how to talk and write about their research in plain English and in different ways depending on the audience involved – including business and government.

If you want to find out more about the program, visit

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