STEM Ambassador Program

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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

Western Australia

Brand  |  Perth

South Australia

Grey  |  Mayo

Victoria

Ballarat  |  Calwell  |  Cooper  |  Goldstein  |  Gorton  |  Hotham  |  Wills

Queensland

Groom  |  McPherson  |  Oxley  |  Brisbane  |  Moreton

Tasmania

Lyons

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.

Before filling out an application please ensure you have read the Ambassador information pack and expectation statement.

Applications have now closed.

What the program involves:

Workshops
  • 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)
Networking

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.

Media

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

Program Alumni

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:

Dr Robert Acres – Industry Support & Outreach Scientist at ANSTO
Mr Julian Hill, Member for Bruce
Dr Bryony Horton – Senior Scientist at the Office of Environment and Heritage
Hon Luke Hartsuyker, Member for Cowper
Sarah Chapman – Head of Department – Science at the Department of Education Queensland
Ms Cathy O'Toole, Member for Herbert
Candice Raeburn – Design Summit Officer at Engineers Without Borders
Mr Peter Khalil, Member for Wills
Dr Kenneth Silburn – Head Teacher – Science at Casula High School, NSW Department of Education
Dr Mike Freelander member for Macarthur
Dr Simon Mutch – Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
Mr Tim Watts, Member for Gellibrand
Dr Peter Howley – Associate Professor of Statistics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle
Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, Member for Hunter
Dr Charity Mundava – Spatial Scientist at WaterNSW
Ms Julie Owens, Member for Parramatta
Professor Helen Blanchard – Professor in Structural Biology at Griffith University
Hon Karen Andrews, Member for McPherson

Enquiries:

If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Peter Derbyshire, Policy and Projects Officer

02 6257 2891 - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au