STEM Ambassador Program
If you’re interested in raising political awareness of STEM in your electorate, receiving free professional development and learning more about how Australian politics works, please consider applying to be STEM Ambassador.
The STEM Ambassador Program is an initiative born from the success of Science meets Parliament.
STA has worked for almost 20 years to connect Parliamentarians with leaders in a range of scientific and technological disciplines. This Program will establish an enduring impact by connecting STEM professionals with Federal decision makers over a period of 12 months.
We are currently looking for the next round of ambassadors for the following electorates:
Australian Capital Territory
Bean | Canberra
New South Wales
Chifley | Newcastle | North Sydney | Sydney | Warringah | Paterson
Brand | Perth
Grey | Mayo
Ballarat | Calwell | Cooper | Goldstein | Gorton | Hotham | Wills
Groom | McPherson | Oxley | Brisbane | Moreton
If you are unsure about where your home or work electorate is, make sure to check at the Australian Electoral commission website (https://electorate.aec.gov.au/).
The ideal applicant will:
- Have an interest in politics and public policy
- Strong communication skills
- Dedicated to increasing the prevalence evidence-based policy
- Willing to work with members of parliament regardless of political affiliation
- Skilled at building and maintaining professional relationships.
Applications have now closed.
What the program involves:
- Introduction & what to expect (March 2020)
- Speaking science to parliamentarians (April 2020)
- Science Policy and politics (May 2020)
- Establishing and maintaining a Network (June 2020)
- Social and Traditional media training (July 2020)
Participants will be required to organise and complete a series of five meetings with their assigned Parliamentarian.
The meetings will include an introductory meeting to start, a series of other catch ups, and a site/lab visit for the Parliamentarian.
Program participants may be expected to participate in media opportunities on an ad-hoc basis. Opportunities may include:
- Mainstream media interviews (including traditional news media, TV and radio talk shows; magazines; online news sites);
- Social media activity (including twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin, blogs);
- Marketing opportunities generated by Science and Technology Australia, its members and partners;
- Speaking at public, corporate or Government events
At the conclusion of the 12-month program participants will be provided with support materials and advice to enable them to continue to grow their role as a STEM Ambassador.
There will be opportunities to connect with the next intake of Ambassadors, and it is expected that regular events will be held to coincide with Science meets Parliament.
We hope participants will remain active in the policy process beyond the initial 12 months, and STA will continue to provide support to alumni following their completion of the program.
Our STEM Ambassador alumni are: