Announcing the 2021 Fresh Scientists

Saving riesling from climate change, matchmaking for city plants and insects, and using electronic gloves to transfer knowledge from surgeons to students—just a taste of the Fresh Science we’ll be exploring this year.

Thanks to all our university and museum partners around the country who ensure events run in their state.

Thank you also to our national partner, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), whose support enabled us to offer all 178 early-career researchers who applied a taste of Fresh Science with two free online communication forums.

Announcing the 2021 Fresh Scientists:


Alice Twomey – University of Queensland

Csilla Demeter – University of Queensland

Cheng Zhang – University of Queensland

Andrew Swayne – Mater Research / University of Queensland

Jaz Skinner – University of Southern Queensland

Jun Mei – Queensland University of Technology

Tobias Fischer – Queensland University of Technology

Liam O’Brien – Mater Research

Martina Barzan – Griffith University

Andrea Henden – QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Oyime Poise – QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Samuel Phillips – University of the Sunshine Coast


Alison Bennett – University of Melbourne

Masih Karimi Alavijeh – University of Melbourne

Kate Filia – Orygen / University of Melbourne

Anna Lintern – Monash University

Laura Connolly – Monash University

Michael Houghton – Monash University

Brooke Patterson – La Trobe University

Charlene Trestrail – RMIT University

Katherine Berthon – RMIT University

James Buteau – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Li Gao  – Victoria University

Ryan Farr – CSIRO

New South Wales:

Ali Lalbakhsh – Macquarie University

Chi Yhun Lo – Macquarie University

Bonnie Werner – UNSW

Catharina Vendl – UNSW

Fatemeh Karimi – UNSW

Gough Lui – Western Sydney University

Huan Liu – University of Technology Sydney

Payar Radfar – University of Technology Sydney

Jacinta Cleary – University of Sydney

Michael Ruppert – University of Newcastle

Ohan Mazigi – Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Tharcilla Alvarenga – NSW Department of Primary Industries

South Australia

Dhani Dharmaprani – Flinders University

Mehrdad Aghamohamadi – Flinders University

Elyse Page – South Australian Health / Medical Research Institute

Yevgeniya Grebneva – The Australian Wine Research Institute / Hochschule Geisenheim University

Alexandra Whittaker – University of Adelaide

Brittany Williams – University of Adelaide

Nina Wootton – University of Adelaide

Shantanu Bhat – University of Adelaide

Sarah Scholten – University of Adelaide

Felicity Braithwaite – University of South Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Stephen Fairweather – Australian National University

Yvette Wooff – Australian National University

Western Australia

Chae Byrne – University of Western Australia

Monique Ryan – Murdoch University

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