Fresh science at the pub this week

Biological sciences PhD candidate Olivia Davies has been selected as one of two Flinders University researchers to participate in Fresh Science this Wednesday.

Fresh Science is an annual competition that showcases the work of selected early-career researchers, providing them with media training and opportunities to share their discoveries with the media, public and school students.

Participants get a taste of the limelight and experience in media and community engagement, while guests are rewarded with a unique opportunity to hear some of the freshest new discoveries and research from emerging change-makers. This year they will learn about horse asthma, catching the energy from waves, what sugars bacteria like and more.

Ms Davies is researching a group of Australian native bees called hylaeinae, or masked bees, which she has found to have a unique genetic condition while also hosting a specific bacterial parasite. She is exploring patterns between the parasite and its host, seeking to understand any link in its genetics and expand our knowledge of the important pollinator, of which little is known.

Flinders engineering researcher Rahmat Khezri was also selected as a finalist. Unfortunately he was unable to participate due to timing conflicts with a six-month stint he is undertaking at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Mr Khezri is working on solar panel and battery storage optimisation for households.

Fresh Science is held in capital cities across Australia, with the South Australia event to take place this Wednesday 13 November at the Elephant British Pub in Adelaide’s east end.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

The night will feature talks from ten young scientists, each with just a few minutes to engage the audience who will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more. Meals and drinks are available at normal pub prices.

Event details

  • Where: The Elephant British pub, 1 Cinema Place Adelaide
  • When: Wednesday 13 November, 6 – 8:00pm
  • Register online
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