What an exciting semi final from some of Australia’s up and coming scientists, the contestants explained to the panel of online judges their ground-breaking science research live. Similar to last year, contestants had only 3 minutes to present to a live panel of judges online their leading-edge research. They told their stories with creativity, humour and clarity that really impressed the judges.
The judges deliberated and agreed that Winner Neanne Alnafta from The University of Sydney, Runner-up Huong Ly Tong from The University of Sydney and Julien Lubeek as the Wild Card from Macquarie University would go through to the National Finals to be held on Thursday 22 July.
The 2021 semi-finalist winners for New South Wales are:
- WINNER: Neanne Alnafta, The University of Sydney – From the first farmers to plant hormone producers.
Using plant hormones to fight against parasitic weeds killing crops. This will help the battle against food shortage and starvation of the world’s growing population.
- RUNNER UP: Huong Ly Tong, The University of Sydney – Health technologies during COVID-19 – the good, the bad and the ugly.
After gaining insights on how people’s health benefited from technoIogy throughout COVID-19, now the investigation is focused on how technology can be integrated into a health care plan.
- WILD CARD: Julien Lubeek, Macquarie University – Microscopes as time machines to investigate “King Kong’s demise.
Understanding why the Gigantopithecus are extinct and using these insights to avoid this happening to other species in the future.
Watch the videos here and vote for your favourite NSW STEM superstar to be named the Audience Favourite for 2021.