Science Meets Parliament

Science Meets Parliament is Australia’s most powerful vehicle for deep engagement between the STEM sector and policymakers.

This event offers an unrivalled program of bespoke training to forge deeper connections between federal Parliamentarians and those working in science and technology. It plays crucial role to build relationships to bring STEM expertise even more deeply into the service of the nation.

It does so by giving STEM experts a deeper understanding of how to engage effectively with policymakers. And it helps policymakers to connect with key experts in science and technology.

Our national gathering of STEM leaders includes expert-led professional development, a welcome reception, a Parliamentary forum, national gala dinner, a televised National Press Club address, and opportunities for delegates to meet in small groups privately with Parliamentarians.

In 2023, Science & Technology Australia will build another ambitious program for this event.

An annual highlight on the Parliamentary calendar, it will deliver outstanding opportunities to elevate visibility and understanding of STEM in Parliament and Australian Government Departments.

We propose to deliver Science Meets Parliament 2023 in two parts:

  • a powerful three-day online program of bespoke training to equip scientists with advanced skills in policy engagement, communications, advocacy and influence; and
  • a high-energy ‘Science Meets Parliament 2023: On The Hill” one-day in-person event in Canberra featuring a National Press Club address, National Gala Dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament, scientist meetings with MPs and Senators, an exhibition and advanced training.

Since its first event in 1999, Science Meets Parliament has been a keenly anticipated annual highlight of the federal Parliamentary calendar. It continues to deliver outstanding opportunities to elevate visibility, awareness and understanding of STEM in federal Parliament and Australian Government Departments.

In 2022, Science Meets Parliament was run as a virtual event and delegate feedback was exceptional. “The event exceeded my expectations. This was my first time attending and I felt that the virtual delivery enhanced rather than hindered participation”.  The virtual nature also allowed for an addition 200 attendees to experience Science Meets Parliament, as the venue restrictions were removed.

To take part in the event, make sure you're a member of one of our member organisations, and speak to your representative to find out how to attend!

Science Meets Parliament 2023 | Partnership opportunities

If you would like to partner with us to support Science Meets Parliament 2023, please contact: Lucy Guest, Events and Membership Director|  P: 02 6113 0781 | E: lucy.guest@sta.org.au