ABC announces recipients of Top 5 media residencies across the arts, humanities and science

Microphone-amr-tahaThe ABC has announced the recipients of this year’s ABC TOP 5 media residencies, which will enable some of Australia’s brightest minds to share their skills with the nation.

The successful early-career scholars and practitioners, chosen from almost 400 applicants, will each undertake a two-week online residency with ABC Radio National to learn the craft of communicating with a wide audience from some of Australia’s best broadcasters, and how to develop content across radio and digital platforms.

The diversity of this year’s intake highlights the depth of Australian talent, with recipients drawn from across six states and territories and more than 50% of them women.

Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the popular program, now in its seventh year, will enable Australia’s next generation of talent to share their knowledge and expertise with audiences hungry for credible and informed debate.

“The university and arts sectors fulfil a vital role in Australian society and have faced difficult times over the past 18 months. We’ve been very pleased to see the passion of our best and brightest for bringing their knowledge and research to a broader audience,” said Cath Dwyer, Manager of ABC RN.

“Each year we get outstanding applicants for the ABC TOP 5 residencies and 2021 is no exception. It’s also a great opportunity for the ABC to access extraordinary stories and talent and cement our important relationships with three of Australia’s leading tertiary institutions.”

“We are also pleased to continue our partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts to support the cultural industries,” said Dwyer.

ABC TOP 5 Arts recipients – offered in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts:

• Eugenia Flynn, PhD candidate (Philosophy), Queensland University of Technology, who specialises in reading Australian Indigenous literature from a First Nations perspective and what it means to tell stories on one’s own terms
• James Hazel, Masters of Music (Composition), University of Sydney, who is concerned with acoustic ecology and how we might better understand working-class sonic and musical practices
• Liel Bridgford, writer, poet, podcaster and disability and justice advocate, who explores identity, health, power structure and culture
• Dr James Nguyen, PhD Art & Design, University of New South Wales, whose intergenerational art making seeks to make sense of migration, displacement and belonging
• Dr Lara Stevens, Australia Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, whose research examines how Australian theatre and performance is responding (or not) to the climate crisis.

ABC TOP 5 Humanities recipients – offered in partnership with the University of Sydney:

• Dr Shahram Dana, Senior Lecturer, Griffith University, who specialises in the law’s capacity to disrupt violence
• Dr Rosalie Gillett, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, who specialises in harm and safety in a digital age
• Dr Jathan Sadowski, Research Fellow – Emerging Technologies Research Lab and Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society, Monash University, who specialises in political economy and the social impacts of digital technology
• Dr Georgina Arnott, Postdoctoral Research Associate – School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, who specialises in 19th century Australians, especially those who were involved in British slavery and anti-slavery movements
• Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Associate Professor, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, who specialises in enhancing protections for refugees and the use of technology to build a fairer legal system.

ABC TOP 5 Science recipients – offered in partnership with the Australian National University:

• Dr Joshua Chu-Tan, Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Lecturer, Australian National University, who specialises in prescribing the molecular message of exercise for retinal degenerations
• Dr Mandy Hagstrom, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, University of New South Wales, who is investigating adaptations to resistance training, with special interests in female adaptations, sex differences and survivors of breast cancer
• Dr Christina Zdenek, Lab Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, whose research includes snake venom function, Death Adder ecology and snake behaviour
• Dr David Gozzard, Forrest Fellow at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia, whose research focuses on the development of ultra-high precision space-to-ground laser links
• Dr Amelie Meyer, Oceanographer and Climate Scientist, ARC DECRA Fellow at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Science, University of Tasmania, who works on ocean mixing under sea ice and links to the climate in polar regions.

The ABC TOP 5 Arts residencies are available to early-career graduate arts practitioners across the visual arts, performance, design, architecture and screen. The ABC TOP 5 Humanities and Science residencies are open to early-career post-doctoral researchers.

Due to the pandemic the residencies will be presented online, with the ABC TOP 5 Science running from 23 August to 3 September, the ABC TOP 5 Arts from 27 September to 8 October and ABC TOP 5 Humanities from 25 October to 5 November 2021. For more information, visit: for details.

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