Want to serve Australia’s scientific community and deepen your knowledge of how science can engage effectively with policymakers? Science & Technology Australia’s prestigious STEM Ambassadors program is now open for applications.
The STA STEM Ambassadors program pairs science and technology experts with their local Federal MP or Senator. Ambassadors meet with their Parliamentarian several times each year to discuss STEM topics of interest and enhance Parliamentarians’ access to STEM expertise.
This innovative program was created by STA in 2019, and has since trained 41 STEM Ambassadors matched with MPs and Senators.
In this new program intake, another 22 MPs and Senators from across the breadth of the Parliament have asked for a STEM Ambassador for 2023-24.
The STEM Ambassadors are drawn from Science & Technology Australia’s member organisations and come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and interests.
Science & Technology Australia CEO Misha Schubert encouraged STEM sector professionals who are members of STA member organisations to apply for the program.
“There has never been a more exciting and important time to be an advocate for science and technology and the crucial role it can play in creating better public policy,” she said.
“Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called for Australia to have a “future powered by science”. Towards that aim, Australia needs to further deepen the strong relationships between the STEM sector and Parliamentarians to prepare Australia for future challenges.”
“The STEM Ambassadors program empowers STEM experts to become effective advocates for science and the sector, and to use their expertise to inform policy.”
Applications are open now and close 9am AEDT Monday 7 November 2022.