• 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


  • 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


  • 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
    Fishing for solutions to the plastic problem
  • Shantanu Bhat, University of Adelaide
  • Sarah Scholten, University of Adelaide
  • Felicity Braithwaite, University of South Australia


  • Stephen Fairweather, Australian National University
  • Yvette Wooff, Australian National University


  • Chae Byrne, University of Western Australia
  • Monique Ryan, Murdoch University



Fresh Science was not held due to the COVID pandemic.



  • Natalie Twine, CSIRO
  • Joel Hoffman, University of New South Wales
  • Laura Michie, University of Technology Sydney
  • Greg Cohen, Western Sydney University




For knee injuries, surgery may not be the best option

  • Blanca del Rosal Rabes, Swinburn University of Technology

Brain temperature can now be measured using light

  • Behzad Nematollahi, Swinburne University

Bendable, safe, long-lasting and green cement-free concrete

  • Susan Christo, The Peter Doherty Institute & The University of Melbourne

One step closer to understanding cancer-fighting immune cells

  • Mahdokht Shaibani, Monash University

Cheaper, more efficient lithium sulfur battery outperforms current electric car battery fourfold

  • Dwan Price, Deakin University

Peanut Allergy: a pain in the guts

  • Lauren Lawson, La Trobe Univcersity

Family matters in autism outcomes

  • Shwathy Ramesan,  RMIT

Researchers use sound to deliver drugs

  • Sean Docking, La Trobe
  • Lisseth Burbano-Portilla, University of Melbourne/Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health


Goannas return to mine sites

  • Alba Arteaga Claramunt, University of Western Australia.

Faecal pellets and food remains reveal what ghost bats eat in the Pilbara

  • Karina Khambatta, Curtin University

Is that plant healthy?

  • Charlotte Birkmanis, University of Western Australia.

Redrawing the lines of our marine parks for sharks

  • Kan Wang, Curtin University
  • Vanessa Brown, University of Western Australia
  • Calum Watt, Murdoch University
  • Charlotte Sobey, CSIRO
  • Kan Wang, Curtin University
  • Dayna Cenin, MC/University of Western Australia


Bird conservation is literally on the radar



  • Rachel Badlan, UNSW Canberra

The shape of a perfect storm: saving lives by predicting firestorms

  • Kiara Bruggeman, Australian National University

‘Trojan Horse’ to sneak medicine into brain after stroke

  • Benjamin Holman, NSW Department of Primary Industries

The colour of acceptable beef

  • Vi Kie Soo, Australian National University

Newer, lighter cars less recyclable

  • Dean Picone, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

Smarter measure of blood pressure to cut heart risk

  • Jiefei Wang, UNSW Canberra Trusted Autonomy Group

Autonomous drones that can ‘see’ and fly intelligently

  • Zeyu Xiao, National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Charles Sturt University

Wine science: grapes could suffocate in dry spells


  • Mohsen Asadnia, Macquarie University
  • Saliu Balogun, University of Tasmania
  • Nicole Carnt, UNSW
  • Paige Kelly, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

Less nutritious diet on offer for Southern Ocean fish

  • Pegah Varamini, University of Sydney
  • Annemarie Nadort, Macquarie University

Growing tumours on brain-like tissue for better therapies

  • Noushin Nasiri, Macquarie University

Fingertip-sized sensors to help prevent skin cancer

  • Iman Roohani, UNSW Sydney
  • Laurence Wilson, CSIRO (Sydney)

Software to make CRISPR editing more predictable


  • Nathalie Bock, Queensland University of Technology

Growing mini prostate tumours in a dish

  • Mo Chen, Griffith University

Could nose cells treat spinal cord injuries?

  • Hannah Franklin, Griffith University

Harnessing the power of algae to trace water pollution hot-spots

  • Renee Gruber, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Enormous tides and coral reefs coexist

  • Heather Haines, Griffith University

Queensland’s Hoop and Bunya Pines reveal knowledge of past climate

  • Arutha Kulasinghe, Queensland University of Technology

A simple blood test provides personalised therapy for cancer patients.

  • Priya Martin, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Simple support guidelines keep doctors, therapists and nurses in the bush, delivering quality care

  • Farhana Matin, Queensland University of Technology

A new blood test may lead to more accurate detection of prostate cancer

  • Hoang-Phuong Phan, Griffith University

New low-cost super strong micro-sensors set to save lives

  • Claudio Pizzolato, Griffith University

Overcoming knee pain with the help of a digital twin

  • Shima Ziajahromi, Griffith University

Wastewater treatment plants release microplastics into the ocean


  • Dhara Amin, Flinders University

Slipped discs: robot shows it’s not all bending and twisting

  • Robert Cope, University of Adelaide

Global transport presents biosecurity risks to Australia 

  • Rebecca Lehmann, University of Adelaide

Rogue sugar to blame for neurodegenerative disorder

  • Amy Lewis, University of Adelaide

Engineering wheelchair gold

  • Renly Lim, University of South Australia

Using drama to fight malaria

  • Nicole Lovato, Flinders University
  • Md Julker Nine, University of Adelaide

Superior noise control using graphene

  • Sivabaskari Pasupathy, University of Adelaide

Common drug minimises heart attack damage

  • Hayley Schultz, University of South Australia

Oily formulations for efficient oral medications

  • Anh Tran Tam Pham, Flinders University

Detect chronic kidney disease at home


  • Andrew Ang

New coating cuts barnacle build-up to keep ships at sea longer

  • Marco Capelli, RMIT University

Using diamonds to watch brains at work

  • Andrew Casey, Monash University

The stars that should not exist

  • Amanda Franklin, EPA Victoria

Tattooed mantis shrimp shed light on powerful battles

  • Lauren Macreadie, CSIRO

Porous materials to revolutionise oxygen therapies

  • Michela Mariani, The University of Melbourne

Tasmania hosts threatened ancient cultural landscapes

  • Matias Maturana, The University of Melbourne

Diamond implants could control epileptic seizures

  • Reza Razzaghi, Monash University

Fixing blackouts faster by going back in time

  • Joseph J. Richardson, University of Melbourne

Could bionic plants clean up the planet?

  • Lincoln Tracy, Monash University

Naturally occurring hormone alters perception of pain


  • Amanda Barbosa, Murdoch University

Hidden koala blood parasites offer new clue for their illness

  • Adam Cross, Curtin University

Meat-eating plants need carefully managed fire to survive

  • Benjamin McKinley, Curtin University

Moon to reveal secrets of the Universe

  • Myles Murphy, University of Notre Dame Australia

Simple ‘speed read’ app can identify concussion in football

  • Simone Pedrini, Curtin University

Sharing the secret of designer seeds to improve native restoration

  • Ted Polglaze, University of Western Australia

Hard work in team sports—there’s more to it than how far you run

  • Sam Salman, University of Western Australia

Kid-friendly chocolate formula helps the medicine go down

  • Lauren Svejcar, Murdoch University

What’s the right pattern for plant restoration?

  • Susan Whiteley, Kings Park Science and the University of Western Australia

Freezing plants for the future

  • Wenhua Zhao. University of Western Australia

Modelling to keep offshore operations safe






  • Tracey Kreplins, Murdoch University
  • Erin Kelty, The University of Western Australia

Helping heroin users have healthier babies

  • Christabel Khoo, Curtin University of Technology

Tongues give clues to snake sex secrets

  • Michelle Olaithe, University of Western Australia
  • Sarah Sapsford, Murdoch University
  • Georgina Sauzier, Curtin University

Detecting forged handwriting with light and statistics

  • Kimberley Wang, Telethon Kids Institute

Small babies and asthma in later life

  • Amanda Timler, University of Notre Dame

Who am I? How our perceived sporting ability influences our identity

  • Carol Wang, Edith Cowan University
  • Sajni Gudka, University of Western Australia




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Western Australia

South Australia

New South Wales


North Queensland (Townsville)

Southeast Queensland (Brisbane)

  • Emma Gee Kee, Child Health Research Centre (Formerly QCMRI) and the University of Queensland
  • Katarzyna Koziara, The University of Queensland
  • Jia LI, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Sheng Li, Griffith University
  • Porun Liu, Griffith University
  • Indira Prasadam, Queensland University of Technology
  • Linda Rehaume, The University of Queensland
  • Adam Taylor, Griffith University
  • Pegah Varamini, The University of Queensland
  • Vera Weisbecker, The University of Queensland


In 2014 Fresh Science Australia partnered with the British Council to bring FameLab to Australia. The national winner of 2014 FameLab Australia and Fresh Science was Michael Smout from James Cook University, with his research story on cancer-causing worms. Runner up was Tim Brennan from The University of Queensland, with his story on orange-flavoured jet fuel.

The 2014 FameLab Australia and Fresh Science finalists were:

Read more great stories of discovery by checking out the Fresh Science/FameLab state finalists.


Read more great stories of discovery by checking out our state finalists. Thanks to funding through the Inspiring Australia initiative and partners in other states, we included state finals in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia. Fresh Science 2013 state finalists.


In 2012, thanks to funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Inspiring Australia initiative, and partners in other states, we included state finals in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Fresh Science 2012 state finalists.