Melissa Fyfe wins 2019 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for science writing

December 2, 2019 | Author

Melissa Fyfe has won the 2019 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing with her article ‘Getting Cliterate’, published in the Good Weekend, which celebrates the Australian scientist who almost single-handedly shed light on the anatomy and physiology of the female sex organ.

The $7000 winner’s prize was presented by UNSW Science Dean, Professor Emma Johnston AO. Runners-up prizes of $1500 each were awarded to Cameron Muir for ‘Ghost species and shadow places’ and Jackson Ryan’s ‘How CRISPR could save six billion chickens from the meat grinder’. Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides the prize money for the winner and runners-up.

Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith launched The Best Australian Science Writing 2019, edited by Bianca Nogrady. This annual anthology, now in its ninth year, contains all the winning and shortlisted entries among a collection of the year’s best writing from Australian science communicators.

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize was won by Arwyn Stone, from Abbotsleigh School, NSW for her essay ‘The science (or lack thereof) behind period and fertility trackers’. The winning entry can be read here: https://careerswithstem.com.au/unsw-bragg-winner-2019-arwyn-swtone/

The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing is an annual prize for the best short non-fiction piece on science written for a general audience. It is named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel laureates, William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg.

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