Applications Close Soon for Fresh Science Awards & AMP's Tech on Tap


Applications Close Soon for Fresh Science Awards & AMP's Tech on Tap

Now in its 14th year, Fresh Science is supported by the Federal Government, New Scientist and Museum Victoria. This national event brings together scientists, the media and the general public to:

- enhance reporting of Australian science
- highlight and encourage debate on the role of science in Australian society
- provide role models for the next generation of Australian scientists.

Fresh Science serves as a communication boot camp for early-career researchers. Fresh Science helps young researchers develop expertise in presenting their ideas clearly to a general audience and to the media. In previous years Fresh Scientists have attracted national and international interest resulting in hundreds of media stories in Australia and overseas.

Fresh Science also assists the media to identify and publish accurate stories about Australian science. It demonstrates that science in Australia is exciting, vibrant and successful. Fresh Science encourages and provides recognition for Australia’s best young scientists and engineers.

This year state finals will be held to expose more young scientists across the country to the Fresh Science experience. Short-listed entrants will be invited to the State finals which will include a day of media training in their home state. The top candidates will then be flown to Melbourne for the Fresh Science National Final. Fresh Science is looking for:

- early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD)
- a peer-reviewed discovery which has had no media coverage
- some ability to present ideas in everyday English.

There is an additional opportunity this year for research students (doing honours, masters, PhD as of June 2010). Those nominating for Fresh Science who are students also have the option to also nominate for AMP’s Tech on Tap, a Sydney-based partner event to Fresh Science. Technology on Tap is an event which is held as part of AMP's Amplify Festival of Innovation and Thought Leadership. The Festival is a week-long celebration of learning designed to get people thinking, talking, acting and innovating around emerging technologies and trends. Participants have an opportunity to win up to $5,000 towards their research

Nominations for Fresh Science and AMP’s Tech on Tap are now open and close
5pm, Wednesday 30 March 2011.

Fresh Science State finals will be held 18 April-6 May with the national Fresh Science event in
Melbourne 6-9 June 2011.

AMP’s Tech on Tap will be held on
Monday 6 June 2011 in Sydney.

One of the Fresh Scientists will speak at VSSEC's FREE Engineering and Science Careers Expo, Thursday 18th August. Contact VSSEC to book a seat. 

For more information about Fresh Science, including application guidelines, visit or contact Tim Thwaites on (03) 9078 5398 or email

For more information about the AMPlify festival or Tech on tap, visit or contact Danielle Miller on (02) 9257 7756 or