The Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, holds an annual Young Investigator Award. This highly successful award, now in its seventh year, rewards excellence in South Australia’s young researchers in both science and their ability to communicate and ‘sell’ that science in lay language. The event is believed unique in involving the media in the final judging of the young scientist’s ability to communicate to a general audience. Through this experience young scientists are exposed to a world beyond the laboratory and must communicate to an audience with little knowledge about their area of expertise. There are up to 20 applicants annually and they are judged, over a period of five months, firstly by a panel of senior researchers on the quality of their science. The process culminates at the Award finals when three finalists have to convince the media judges (from TV, press and radio) of the importance of their research in front of a general audience.The skills learned through this process hold the young scientists in good stead for all their careers. The Award finals are targeted towards staff and students of associated organisations, the general public, corporates, donors to research and the media. Since the Award’s inception in 2000, the audience has almost doubled and increasingly higher profile venues are being used for the Award final. In 2005, the South Australian Minister for Science and Information Economy attended the finals, giving the opening address and presenting prizes. All finalists receive a prize with the two runners-up each receiving $A500 and the winner receiving $A1000 untied plus $A1500 to attend and present at a relevant conference during the following year. Considerable media publicity for research results from the Award.

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Young investigator award -no jargon science excellence

Edna J Bates   Women’s and Children’s Hospital campus, Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service

The Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, holds an annual Young Investigator Award. This highly successful award, now in its seventh year, rewards excellence in South Australia’s young researchers in both science and their ability to communicate and ‘sell’ that science in lay language. The event is believed unique in involving the media in the final judging of the young scientist’s ability to communicate to a general audience. Through this experience young scientists are exposed to a world beyond the laboratory and must communicate to an audience with little knowledge about their area of expertise. There are up to 20 applicants annually and they are judged, over a period of five months, firstly by a panel of senior researchers on the quality of their science. The process culminates at the Award finals when three finalists have to convince the media judges (from TV, press and radio) of the importance of their research in front of a general audience.The skills learned through this process hold the young scientists in good stead for all their careers. The Award finals are targeted towards staff and students of associated organisations, the general public, corporates, donors to research and the media. Since the Award’s inception in 2000, the audience has almost doubled and increasingly higher profile venues are being used for the Award final. In 2005, the South Australian Minister for Science and Information Economy attended the finals, giving the opening address and presenting prizes. All finalists receive a prize with the two runners-up each receiving $A500 and the winner receiving $A1000 untied plus $A1500 to attend and present at a relevant conference during the following year. Considerable media publicity for research results from the Award.

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