Showcasing Early Career Researchers 2015 Finalists

Showcasing Early Career Researchers celebrates good research, communicated well.

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Entrants were asked to submit a 30-second video demonstrating that they could convey the aim of their research clearly and effectively. Forty video entries were received and from those, five finalists were chosen to attend the CRC Association conference in Canberra, Australia 2040 from 25-27 May and give a five-minute oral presentation about their research. The judges were looking for entrants who demonstrated excellent oral presentation skills.

Ms Sally Bradford was selected as the overall winner by an audience vote at the conference.


Ms Sally Bradford, Young and Well CRC

Integrated technology into youth mental health care to increase disclosure and support engagement

My research underpins the development of an electronic psychosocial assessment app that helps clinicians assess young people quickly, and easily. Pilot trials of the app are resulting in almost double the rates of disclosure of risk behaviours, compared to verbal disclosure alone. This allows clinicians the opportunity to provide support for issues that might have otherwise been neglected.


Dr Kylie Ireland, Plant Biosecurity CRC

Sudden Oak Death: an emerging threat to Australian plant industries and ecosystems

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) is a devastating disease of forests and nurseries in Europe and the USA – where millions of trees have died. Luckily, SOD has not been found in Australia, yet. My research shows Australian plants susceptible to SOD are located in areas mapped as climatically suitable for the pathogen and some of the hosts can spread the disease. This knowledge will allow us to improve our response and surveillance, to prevent SOD from becoming a major ecological threat in Australia.

Ms Priyanka Reddy, Dairy Futures CRC

Healthy grass for cows leads to a healthy dairy industry

Fungal endophytes living in prerennial ryegrass provide benefits such as insect resistance but can also cause a number of diseases in grazing animals. I am isolating the toxic compounds produced by these fungi so the most beneficial endophyte-grass associations can be delivered to dairy farmers.

Mr Bastian Stoehr, AutoCRC

Easy-to-Clean Surfaces: Design and Engineering via Thin Film Coatings

Irrespective of the technology, we now use physical means to control, use and interact with devices. Particularly systems operated by touch or devices in contact with any part of the human body are now more widespread than ever. Naturally, the surface of a device employing touch to be controlled will be contaminated by the fingers of the user. In my work I investigate the interaction of the contamination with the surface in order to engineer the next generation of easy-to-clean coatings.

Mr Kelly Tsang, CRC for Polymers

Photodegradable Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering Applications

A key challenge in tissue engineering is how to organise and expand cells quickly into functional tissue and be able to harvest them from the substrate with minimal disturbance. My PhD focuses on hydrogels which break down with UV light, using light to create surface cues for cell organisation as well as fully degrading the hydrogel to harvest the tissue safely and quickly. These materials are integral towards building 3D tissues with biological functionality in a facile and scalable manner.

Other entries

See more entries for the Showcasing Early Career Researchers competition for 2015.