Six University of Adelaide scientists have each won the inaugural Science Communication Prize for increasing the visibility of the University’s scientific research and capabilities, while boosting the profile and accessibility of their own work.

A Science Communication Bootcamp held over two days in September in which 28 early career researchers and staff gained key insights and knowledge from industry experts across the media, science communication, marketing and social media landscape. This equipped them with new skills to create and champion their own content over the following months, working along key stakeholders across the University.

From the workshops and follow-up activities, six participants were selected as winners of the prize and recognised for their commitment and output from the program, with two winners hailing from Agriculture, Food and Wine and one team from Animal and Veterinary Sciences:


  • Wine scientist Natalia Caliani took to social media to regularly document her PhD project; and then worked with Lieke van der Hulst from the Waite Research Institute to craft blog articles about fungicides and wild yeasts. 
  • Erica Boyle wanted to increase the awareness and understanding of the Waite Arboretum’s Bee, Butterfly and Bird Garden. Erica collaborated with the Sciences marketing team to revamp the BB&B website with the inclusion of short video and an interactive map of the garden.
  • Animal and veterinary scientists Alexandra Whittaker and Rochelle Morton teamed up to create a video that explained how all animals aren’t protected by law in Australia. They are also in the process of recording a podcast episode about animal law, and have pitched some soon to be released research to ABC TV’s Behind the News.

Other notable content from Ag, Food and Wine to be achieved and finalised later this year from the program include Claire Armstrong (Ag, Food and Wine) recording an episode with the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology for their Grower, Maker, Researcher Podcast series, and Wine microbiologies Scott Oliphant who is documenting his research on Twitter through “100 days of microbiology“. 

Read up on all the winners across sciences here. To learn about Waite Research Institute researchers and keep updated on recent Ag, Food and Wine projects read the WRI Research Stories here. 

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