GRS Events for Students and Staff

The Graduate Research School offer a range of events for staff and students.



FameLab 2018 Poster Promotional Material

UWA is a proud supporter of FameLab - the world’s leading science communication competition, created by Cheltenham Festivals and co-produced by the British Council. FameLab asks researchers to explain their work to a non-scientific audience in just three minutes, with no PowerPoint and no jargon.

Since coming to Australia in 2014, over 160 early-career researchers have gone through FameLab’s expert training and presented their research on stage, entertaining thousands with their fascinating stories of science.

In 2017,  UWA PhD student Bronwyn Ayre won the WA 2017 FameLab Final. Bronwyn is in plant biology looking at bird pollination of red and green kangaroo paws. In the FameLab National Final, Bronwyn received an honourable mention from a judging panel that included Robyn Williams (acclaimed ABC broadcaster) and Lyn Beasley (Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006-2013).  

The competition offers comprehensive sci-comm training and access to a global network of like-minded peers. The winner of FameLab Australia 2018 will win $1000 and travel to the UK to represent Australia at the FameLab International finals!

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Falling Walls

Falling Walls Logo

Falling Walls Lab Australia calls for talented young researchers to showcase their most innovative ideas. The Lab is a platform for Bachelor, Master and PhD students, postdocs, young professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators from all disciplines from Australia to present their ground-breaking research projects, initiatives, innovative ideas or business models to peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.

Each participant has 3 minutes on stage to present their work, answering the question “Which are the next walls to fall?”

The aim of the Falling Walls Lab is to foster scientific and entrepreneurial innovations and to promote the exchange between young scholars and professionals emerging from different fields of expertise.

The Falling Walls Lab Australia will take place on 11 September 2018, at the Shine Dome in Canberra, hosted by the Australian Academy of Science supported by the German Embassy in Canberra. Associates include AT Kearney Sydney, the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC), and a number of sponsors.


Apply by 28 MAY


Win a Trip to Berlin

Falling Walls Labs take place all over the world each year. A distinguished jury selects the most outstanding presenter of each international Falling Walls Lab who qualifies directly to present at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November 2018, and is also awarded a ticket to attend the international Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2018, where some of the world’s most prominent scientists present their breakthrough research.

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Australia will have their travel expenses to Berlin and their accommodation costs in Berlin on 8-9 November covered by A.T. Kearney and the Falling Walls Foundation. The three winners of the Lab Finale in Berlin receive a cash prize and give their talks again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference before 800 high-calibre guests from academia, research and business.

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Research for Public Engagement - Call for Applications

Expressions of interest are invited by students in their second and third year (full-time equivalent) PhD students who wish to undertake a short project that extends their PhD research beyond the academic community.

The Graduate Research School will organise networking and mentoring to help develop projects. Some funding may also be available.

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