Come hear ISF postgraduate student Sarina Kilham pitch her research at the NSW semi-final for the British Council’s FameLab: powerpoint is banned and fun encouraged!
Sarina's research focuses on social sustainability in biodiesel production, specifically looking at the autonomy of smallholder farmers in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Sarina chose Brazil and Timor-Leste as the sites for her fieldwork due to their differing experiences in implementing government led biodiesel-for-rural-development programs. Brazil is very experienced and organised whilst Timor-Leste is trialling a small pilot project. There are quite a few similarities in the overall goal of their biodiesel programs such as rural development and social inclusion outcomes. Sarina interviewed around 20 farmers in Bahia, Brazil and 12 farmers in Timor-Leste. You can find reports, presentations and videos of her research at https://biodieselbrazil.net/
Sarina will join 11 other researchers pitching their research at the NSW semi-finals of FameLab at the Powerhouse Museum on Wednesday 5 April from 6pm. They will each have just three minutes to explain complicated scientific concepts in a fun and enlightening way. Jargon and PowerPoint are strictly banned but jokes, props and costumes are strongly encouraged!
Presentations will be judged by a panel of media professionals and public figures according to FameLab’s 3Cs: content, clarity and charisma. The audience will also have the opportunity to choose their favourite contestant by using their smartphones to vote in the Audience Choice Award.
The winner will be announced on the night and will then go on to compete in the national final – hosted by astrophysicist, Dr Alan Duffy – at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle on 4 May.
Tickets for the NSW semi-final are free but you must book https://www.britishcouncil.org.au/events/famelab-nsw-semi-final