The Faculty of Science celebrated its Rising Stars this month by inviting 10 early career researchers to present their research to the Faculty’s alumni, donors and the wider community. The top three speakers were chosen by the audience to receive a research boost from alumni donations.
From discovering new galaxies via the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, to reducing cardiovascular disease with peptides, the inspired talks shared a common thread – impactful solutions to improve society.
Professor Tony O’Donnell, Dean of Science said the event acknowledges the hard-work and achievements of UWA’s up-and-coming science stars.
“Rising Stars is also an opportunity to communicate how the community will benefit from the impact of our research.”
Dr Tristan Clemons received the top prize for his talk on nanoparticles for drug delivery, receiving $10,000 towards his research; Dr Helena Viola received $6,000 towards her research on therapies to prevent cardiovascular disease; and Dr Elizabeth Newnham received a $4,000 research boost towards effective treatments to address complex trauma.
“It was challenging to summarise years of research into a few minutes, but it was a great opportunity to think creatively on the best way to communicate complex ideas succinctly and persuasively,” Tristan said.
The Rising Stars event, in its second year, is one of the many ways the Faculty celebrates the hard work and dedication of science researchers and is also an opportunity to thank donors for their generous support.
You can check out more photos from the night on the Faculty of Science Facebook page.