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27 October 2017

Scientific research can be beautiful, unexpected and complex; if the QUT Science in Focus Image Competition finalists are anything to go by. Judges deliberated over more than 120 original images showcasing QUT research with impact. The top 10 includes a microscopic view of gecko toes, a 3D model of prostate cancer and a wasp wing.

Entries from QUT students and staff were judged on visual impact, creativity and originality, technical proficiency and the significance of the research. 

A big congratulations goes to the top 10 finalists (in alphabetical order by first name):

View the finalists on IFE's Flickr page

Science in Focus finalist exhibition and award ceremony
Entrants will be displayed on the big screen at a finalist exhibition and award ceremony in The Cube. Winners will be revealed at the event, including the people’s choice award which is decided via an online public vote.

Essential details
Date: Friday 27 October, 2017
Time: from 4:45pm
Venue: The Cube
Catering: Drinks and canapes
Cost: Free
RSVP: not required

Help decide the people's choice award champion!
Vote for your favourite image to help determine the people's choice award. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony and the entrant with the most votes will receive a $250 cash prize.


2017 Judging Panel

Dr Trudi Collet
IHBI member, Leader, Indigenous Medicines Group, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy, Faculty of Health, QUT
Dr Trudi Collet has expertise in wound healing, immunology, pharmacology, complementary medicines and molecular microbiology and uses it to conduct research into compounds found in native plants. She is collaborating with industry partner Health Focus Products Australia with the aim of developing therapeutics for infections and diseases and together, they have discovered a compound from an Australian native plant that can totally kill the Zika virus. The partnership also shows great potential in improving the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, chronic wounds and antibiotic-resistant infections as they have also discovered a novel compound derived from another Australian native plant that has broad-spectrum antibiotic activity.

Dr Collet’s research draws on IHBI strengths in tissue repair and regeneration, infectious disease and chronic disease and ageing. Her Indigenous Medicines Group aims to bridge the gap between science and healthcare, with researchers focusing on understanding the properties of native plants, how they can be used in manufacturing and distributed to people to improve their lives.

Dr Jared Donovan
Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
Dr Jared Donovan has an educational background in Illustration and Information Technology. His main research interests are in the areas of gestural and embodied interaction, participatory design, design robotics and performance robotics. The main aim of his research is to find better ways for people to be able to interact with new interactive technologies. He is also interested in finding better ways to involve people in the design process, such as by employing ‘provotypes’ (provocative prototypes) to spark discussion and debate.

Dr Graham Baker
President, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences
Graham spent the first six years of his career in engineering practice, in the UK, Oman and Nepal, before embarking on a 30-year career in academe.

After teaching and research at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, the University of Queensland, and then Warwick University, he returned to Australia as Dean of Engineering and for seven years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southern Queensland. In that role he sponsored research from Public Memory, through climate change and systems biology, to fibre composite materials.

In addition to his role in the Queensland Academy, Graham runs his own consultancy in strategy & innovation. He has held governance positions with Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation and AINSE, and is currently Board Chair of a primary health organisation.

Professor Roger Wepf
Director, Center for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM), UQ
Prof Roger Wepf is an eminent electron microscopist who joined the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) as Director in 2016. The CMM is an interdisciplinary research, teaching and service centre that actively supports microscopy and microanalysis related research at the University of Queensland. Prof Wepf has a broad scientific background which includes cell biology, biophysics and materials science. His research interests are focused on developing advanced methods for imaging, sample preparation and correlative microscopies. Currently his research direction leads to developing tools for integrative imaging and spectroscopy to explore new frontiers in structure research. Roger also currently serves as President of the European Microscopy Society (EMS).

Adam Harper
Communication Manager, Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT
Adam is a PR and communication professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in telling and selling stories through visual communication and editorial. With a background in television journalism, and public relations, both at agencies and in house for large organisations in Scotland and Australia, Adam understands the impact imagery can have on raising awareness, creating emotion and changing behaviour. In 2014, a campaign developed by Adam, using photography and video, won a Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Golden Target Award as well as won its category in the International Public Relations Association’s (IPRA) Golden World Awards.

He is currently the Communication Manager for the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, a photographer and video producer. His role involves promoting the Science and Engineering Faculty to industry, government, prospective students and academia to showcase QUT as the partner of choice for research and education.



27 October 2017
The Cube, Level 4, P block, QUT Gardens Point
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Microscopic view of wasp wing by Annalena Wolff.

3D model of prostate cancer by Laura Bray


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