I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!

It's Eviction Week!

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an award-winning science enrichment and engagement activity that has been running in the UK for three years. It's like school science lessons meet the X Factor!  Scientists and students talk online, break down barriers, have fun and learn. But only the students get to vote. They choose which scientist gets a prize of $1000 to communicate their work. This is eviction week so visit the website to see who survives!

The event is supported by TechNyou and is running from the 14th – 25th May. It features three general zones with scientists from across the country and in disciplines including health, ecology, technology and astronomy. Another event has been planned for August/September. Teachers can register their interest here and scientists can register there interest here.

Almost 30 regional and metropolitan schools are taking part, from as far north as Cairns, as far south as Hobart and as far west as Perth. One teacher who has signed up again said “Tried it last year ! The year 9s were very impressed that the scientists were ‘normal’ people, that what they were doing may make a difference in their lives & that science was cool !!”

Visit the scientists' home page to learn more about them and see the questions they have been asked.



Arti Singh

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland (QLD)

I study the chemistry of enzymes called the cytochromes P450, which there are many different types of and which are found in nearly all living things, to find out what sort of chemical reactions they can mediate and how they do this.

Dustin Welbourne

University of New South Wales and the Canberra Reptile Sanctuary (ACT)

My research is on ecological communities and I also own the Canberra Reptile Sanctuary, a not for profit public exhibit of venomous and non-venomous reptiles, so I have a strong interest in reptiles as well.

Steven Tingay

Curtin University (WA)

I work in astrophysics, building and using telescopes that see back close to the beginning of time and space, to figure out what is in the Universe and how it has evolved since the Big Bang.

James Byrne

RiAus (SA)

One time microbiologist and university lecturer I now write for Scientific American and run science events at RiAus

Chris Scarlett

University of Newcastle (NSW)

My research investigates novel therapeutic approaches to pancreatic cancer, and I lecture 2nd year Biochemistry and Microbiology subjects.



Renee Webster

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Vic)

Investigating the chemistry (primarily oxidation / degradation) of fuels and lubricants used by the Australian Defence Organisation.

Janette Edson

Australia Centre for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide (SA)

The development of new methodology for the recovery and analysis of degraded DNA for forensic identification.

Yusuf Pisan

University of Technology Sydney (NSW)

I work on new techniques, such as artificial intelligence, to help us design better video games.

Elise Pelzer

Wesley Research Institute (QLD)

Investigating microorganisms in the female upper genital tract

Dirk Slawinski


I work on ocean processes off the WA coast primarily looking at how ocean currents and climate affect the distribution of coastal species like Western Rocklobster and fish larvae.



Herbert Chiou

3M (USA)

I take concepts and develop them into physical products to improve the lives of people through science and technology.

Kate Trinajstic

Curtin University (WA)

Palaeontology gets high tech; I am using new technologies such as synchrotron scanning to determine where the soft tissues (not usually preserved) are located in placoderms, the first fish with jaws and, paired fins and girdles.

Brad Tucker

Mt Stromlo Observatory (ACT)

I use exploding stars to figure out how the Universe was formed and what it is made out of.

Goli Samini

Garvan Institute (NSW)

I lead the Ovarian Cancer Research Group, and we focus on improving detection and treatment of ovarian cancer.

Chris Slape

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (VIC)

Leukaemia (and all cancers) are the result of cells that live and divide indefinitely, so how does cell death contribute to this disease?