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Interview Pint of Science and Animate Your Science

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Tomorrow Maker Puts Science in the picture

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Deadly Slime from Animate Your Science is Coming for You

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Science cartoons bridge gap between academia and the general public

The Lead - South Australia

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While pursuing my PhD studies in marine biology, I was keen to share my research with the world. However, I discovered that my peer-reviewed paper alone wasn’t cutting it. If I wanted to reach my peers, let alone the general public, I needed to communicate my findings in a more imaginative, more engaging way. I needed to transform the dry facts into an exciting story that would engage people’s hearts and minds.  

This realisation changed the course of my life – I was inspired to create an animation titled “Lost at Sea”, which turned into an award-winning video, viewed all over the world. 

The success of this video, depicting my research in an imaginative and absorbing format, surprised and delighted me. I started thinking about all the other scientists who might be lost at sea, so to speak. Maybe others wanted to reach the masses with their research but just didn’t know where to start.

My instinct was spot on. I discovered many frustrated researchers who wanted to share their amazing discoveries with the world but who did not know how to get people’s attention in an info-glutted world. I knew I could help them. 

A new, two-pronged concept was born. On the one hand, I would offer animation and graphic design services to researchers who wished to draw on my expertise; on the other hand, I would teach researchers who wanted to develop their own communication skills the secrets of the trade. 

Since 2017, I have given shape to this vision. I run workshops in which I equip students, researchers and businesses with the skills to tell their stories imaginatively and engagingly. For those who want to outsource these skills, I have created Animate Your Science, a company that turns research into stunning animations and graphics. 

I believe this collaborative approach is raising the bar in science communication and accelerating the transition that will allow us to bridge the gap between science and society. My clients are no longer ‘lost at sea’ when it comes to sharing their research. They are successfully building the vital communication bridges we need to make scientific research relevant and accessible to people the world over. 

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Selected Talks and Keynotes

Stand Out and Unleash Your Impact

Keynote @ the Australian Society of Fish Biology


A Crazy


Keynote @ South Australian Small Business Expo


Marine Light Shows

Talk at Pint of Science Festival


Connecting the Dots

Science Alive


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Selected Videos

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Laying Waste To Oil Spills
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Laying Waste To Oil Spills

Attribution: Sustainable Polysulfides for Oil Spill Remediation: Repurposing Industrial Waste for Environmental Benefit Max J. H. Worthington et al., 2018 Advance Sustainable Systems Video by: Animate Your Science ( Transcript: Each year, oil spills pollute oceans, ports, and waterways—damaging precious ecosystems and economic activities. Fish, birds, whales, and even ourselves can be severely harmed by this pollution. Large-scale spills, like the notorious Deepwater Horizon, can release thousands or even millions of barrels of oil into the environment. However, smaller and more frequent spills of oil are also a serious problem around the globe, especially in coastal areas near pipelines and refineries. Too often, oil spills occur in parts of the world that have limited economic resources. Therefore, it is critical to develop an oil-absorbing material that can be produced from cheap and sustainable building blocks. Such material should also absorb oil rapidly and float on water so that it is easy to recover after capturing the oil. Fortunately, an international team of scientists has cooked up a solution to these problems by reacting used frying oil with sulfur, a waste product of the petroleum industry. The reaction forms a new type of rubber polymer that removes crude oil from water. The rubber particles can be added directly to the spill or they can be used in a filter. In both cases, the oil captured by the polymer can be recovered by simple compression—just like a sponge. Then, the polymer can be re-used. This study is important in two ways: it reveals an innovative way to re-purpose waste and provides an inexpensive material for cleaning up oil spills. These discoveries are promising advances that will benefit the environment in areas where support is needed most.
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Selected Awards

40 Under 40

Indaily, South Australia

Small Business Award

SA Minister for Innovation and Skills

Tomorrow Maker

Best Educational Video Award

Science Outreach Video Competition

Bommies Award

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Best Presentation Award

4th Int. Ocean Acidification Symposium

Fresh Scientist

Science in Public

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Scientific Publications

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