Over the last two years as we developed our plans for our conference, we briefed journalists in Seoul, London, Budapest, Munich, St Louis, Prague, Washington, Ottawa and San Francisco. Everywhere we’ve discovered that science journalists have a healthy appetite for Australian science stories and Australian wine.
What is it about Australian science that appeals? I think Leigh Dayton, from The Australian newspaper, captures the essence.
I was captivated by Australia after my first visit Down Under.
Given a geological history that left it sailing off on its own, the continent was a scientific laboratory everywhere I looked.
Plants, animals and people all had proceeded down different evolutionary paths than those followed by their northern hemisphere ‘cousins’.
Look up. The skies are different, so is the climate, not to mention many atmospheric issues. Compared to North America—my home base—Australia’s a hop-skip-and-a-jump to the driest and most remote continent on earth, Antarctica.
While unique, the broader aspects of each of these fields, and numerous others, complement scientific findings and technological developments elsewhere.
In fact, critical data about many of the hottest scientific questions today—from human origins and migrations to ‘management’ of global warming—may well be answered, courtesy of Australian researchers and the land itself.
For this collection, we invited Australian research organisations to contribute snapshots of some of their current research. The stories illustrate the breadth and depth of Australian science. And the funds raised in publishing this collection of stories have also helped support the participation of developing country journalists in the conference.
I invite you to read these stories and to follow up with any organisation whose work captures your interest.
Please feel free to use the stories for your own social media, website, or publications. Everything is available for reuse under a Creative Commons licence.
Browse the collection
You can browse this year’s collection at stories.scienceinpublic.com.au/2007
Or use the menus on the left to search all our stories by field or science, organisation or State.
- New ways of looking at old diseases: An African sojourn confirms a vocation in sexual health
- Life and love amongst the finches: Aggressive redheads win the best nest sites, but can the Gouldian finches survive?
- School girls join study to understand black holes and the birth of stars
- Could Vitamin D have a role in diabetes?
- Ocean acidification threatens marine ecosystems
- The kangaroo genome – marsupials filling the gap
- Australia’s new reactor opens
- Carbon dioxide bad news for ocean critters
- Bacteria: The mining powerhouse of the future
- Quenching our thirst for water
- The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme
- Researcher to fight insects with spider venom
- Language – nature or nurture?
- Some secrets of breast milk revealed?
- Measuring the nano world
- Coral records thousands of years of climate change
- Animals contribute to greenhouse gases
- VESKI’s innovative fellowships deliver results
- Dynamic vision – new eyes for old
- Shattering the crystal lattice
- Venom from the sea cures human pain
- Rescuing the South Pacific’s weather data
- Master switch turns plant sex life on and off
- Sustaining the shrinking footprint
- Turning sugarcane into a clean green energy source
- Dairy stem cells a world first
- Rail science fast-tracked by Rail CRC
- The world needs science – science needs women
- Predicting Australia’s mineral future
- A satellite clue to extreme bushfire threat
- Antarctica under threat
- BHP Billiton leading the way in mine optimisation tools
- Every would-be rocker’s fantasy comes true
- Making light work of photonic chip fabrication
- Dating the hobbit
- Fighting fire with science
- Women at scientific forefront awarded new VESKI Innovation Fellowships
- Unlocking secrets of significant declines in regional rainfall in Australia