Congrats to the winners of the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year video comp

Young Scientist of the Year
Inspo incoming! This year's Young Scientist of the Year winners have some seriously game-changing ideas.

Congratulations to the winners of the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year video competition!

Sustainable sugarcane, soil erosion and pest management are just some of the fascinating, timely and important questions explored in the winning entries of the curriculum-linked University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year video competition.  

High school students around Australia were invited to submit a short video on an environmental problem or solution on one of the following topics:

“Our world faces huge challenges and we know science holds the key,” stresses The University of Adelaide‘s Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Professor Katrina Falkner. “It’s great to see so many young scientists engaged with these challenges, producing high quality ideas and solutions. The future does look bright.”

Two winning videos were selected from dozens of seriously impressive entries. Find out more about our panel of judges here. 

Winner: Sustainable Sugarcane 

Sienna Torrisi (Methodist Ladies’ College, WA) teams clever animations with well-thought out research to explore how we can farm more sustainably while increasing crop yields. 

“Focusing on a real-world problem and critically considering and working through all the challenges associated with each of the possible solutions are key skills that every scientist who wants to make a real impact on the world should develop,” stresses aerospace engineer and competition judge, Anastasia Volkova. “Well done!”

“I love the production and ideas – it’s super practical,” says fellow judge, University of Adelaide tectonic geologist Professor Alan Collins.

Runner-up: Mice Apocalypse

Jayden Xie and Isabel Marturia (Santa Sabina College, NSW) explore the detrimental impact of mice infestation on Australian agriculture – and how we can put a stop to it.

“An original and effective method for explaining an important solution for pest management!” says competition judge, University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor of Global Ecology, Dr Damien Fordham.

“Loved the production, the interviews, the attempt to address a real problem,” adds Professor Collins.

An initiative of The University of Adelaide in partnership with Careers with STEM, the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year video competition is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science communicators researchers and leaders.


Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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