Science & Technology Australia has launched a year-long pilot of their STEM Ambassador Program.
Designed to build on the success of Science meets Parliament, the Ambassador program will connect Parliamentarians with STEM professionals working or living in their local electorate. Their job as an Ambassador will be to share the positive stories of their discipline and the STEM sector, and help their Parliamentarian earn more about the STEM work happening in their local area.
STA advocates for evidence-based, science-informed policy creation – and the STEM Ambassador Program will help us achieve this.
STA approached almost 40 Parliamentarians to be involved in the STEM Ambassador Program, based on their geographical spread, the security of their seat, and their previous participation in Science meets Parliament. 19 Parliamentarians signed up to be involved, and from these we will select ten participants to support in the Program’s first year.
The only requirements for applicants are that they are:
- a member or staff member of an STA member organisation,
- an Australian citizen,
- based in one of the chosen electorates, and
- working in a STEM role.
Each participant will be expected to attend and participate in four 1-hour workshops, which cover speaking with decision-makers, professional networking, the in’s and out’s of STEM policy, and media training.
If you or someone you know would make a great advocate for the STEM sector in Australia, find out more by visiting the STEM Ambassador Program’s webpage.