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.
STA advocates for evidence-based, science-informed policy creation - and the STEM Ambassador Program will help us achieve this.
We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, STEM professionals of all ages and LGBTI people.
To participate, you must work or live in one of the following electorates: Brand (WA), Bruce (VIC), Calwell (VIC), Canberra (ACT), Cowper (NSW), Gellibrand (Vic), Goldstein (VIC),Herbert (QLD), Hunter (NSW), Lyons (TAS), Macarther (NSW), Macquarie (NSW), McPherson (QLD), Newcastle (NSW), Parramatta (NSW), Shortland (NSW), WakeField (SA), Werriwa (NSW), Wills (VIC).
To find your electorate, click here.
Stage 1: applicants prepare responses to the selection criteria listed (1250 characters max per criteria) and a professional biography of between 150-200 words.
Stage 2: applicants pay application fee and complete application form, before 5pm (AEST) on Sunday 3 June 2018.
Stage 3:applicants are shortlisted and invited to prepare a one-minute unedited video filmed on their own hand-held device (detailed instructions will be sent to short-listed candidates).
Stage 4: Successful applicants will be notified by the end of July.
Note that an application fee
of $10 applies
Science & Technology Australia is now accepting applications for the inaugural STEM Ambassador Program. The program strives to:
- Support up to 10 STEM professionals to connect with a range of Parliamentarians;
- Provide easy access to experts for Parliamentarians - experts who are based in their local electorate and who work in fields relevant to the interests of their constituents; and
- Provide professional development and training opportunities to equip participants with the knowledge and confidence to maximise the impact of their work, and the work of their colleagues.
Applicants must be connected through membership or employment to one of STA's member organisations.
Employment in a STEM role is a requirement of the program, as is an avid interest in the role of science and technology in Australian policy.
For this pilot year, we also require applicants to be an Australian citizen (i.e. a member of the Australian voting public).
Applicants will need to provide evidence of their employer's support if they progress to the second stage of the selection process.
Former or current members of any political party will not be accepted in to the program.
It is important you prepare your responses (max 1250 characters for each criteria) before submitting your application fee.
- Why do you want to be a STEM Ambassador?
- Describe what you think your role would be as a STEM Ambassador.
- Explain what you think the role of science should be in the formation of policy and decision making.
- Provide a brief description of your current/most recent work.
- Describe any policy work, science or otherwise, that you have participated in.
- Are there any challenges or obstacles that you foresee for those acting as STEM Ambassadors?
Also note that you will need to provide a 150-200 word biography during the application process. This will be provided to participating Members of Parliament, and published on the Science & Technology Australia website.
The Program in Detail
This program seeks to create a network of capable ambassadors for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector who, with support and training, will each form an ongoing relationship with their local Member of Parliament.
The purpose of building these relationships is to deepen understanding of science and technology and build in-principle support among Australia’s political leadership for a thriving Australian STEM sector.
It is not designed to support political lobbying or to be used as an avenue to ask for more funding for a specific area of science or a specific research institution.
Program participants must be prepared to put time and energy into forming a professional relationship with their local MP, regardless of their own personal political views.
Past and current members of a political party will not be accepted into the program.
The formal program will run from July 2018 to June 2019, and will include the following professional development opportunities:
Each participant will be expected to attend and participate in four 1-hour workshops;
- Introduction & speaking to politicians (August 2018)
- Establishing and maintaining a network (September 2018)
- National science policy and politics (October 2018)
- Social and traditional media training (November 2018)
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.