Early- and mid-career researchers inspire Australia

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Cathal O'Connell's research video won first prize in the Inspire Australia competition.

The winners of the EMCR Forum’s Inspire Australia Research Video Competition were announced in August. Early- and mid-career researchers were encouraged to submit a three-minute video showcasing their research, to be voted on by viewers: the 28 competition entries received more than 90,000 views in total.

The first prize went to Cathal O’Connell from the University of Wollongong, who is developing the 3D printing ‘Biopen’ with the aim of accelerating healing. Robert Gorkin, also from the University of Wollongong, came a close second with his research into materials to make the next generation of condoms. Third place went to Tullio Rossi from the University of Adelaide with his video ‘Lost at Sea’, describing his research into how ocean acidification is impacting on the ability of fish to migrate successfully.

Designed to both showcase and support the work of Australian EMCRs, the competition also raised a total of $14,844 in prize money, which will be shared by the 10 winners. The prize money was raised both from the major sponsors—RMIT University, UNSW Australia and Monash University—and from crowd sourcing. The platform for the competition was provided by thinkable.org.

Congratulations to all the winners!


Newsletter number 101 September 2015

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