Science meets Parliament

Science Meets Parliament is Australia’s most powerful vehicle for deep engagement between the STEM sector and policymakers.

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This event offers an unrivalled program of bespoke training to forge deeper connections between federal Parliamentarians and those working in science and technology. It plays crucial role to build relationships to bring STEM expertise even more deeply into the service of the nation.

It does so by giving STEM experts a deeper understanding of how to engage effectively with policymakers. And it helps policymakers to connect with key experts in science and technology.

In 2022, Science & Technology Australia has built another ambitious program to extend this impact even further.

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Our national gathering of up to 450 STEM leaders will include expert-led professional development, a welcome reception, a Parliamentary forum, national gala dinner, a televised National Press Club address, and opportunities for delegates to meet in small groups privately with Parliamentarians.

Amid the uncertainties of COVID-19, we will stage our program in two parts in 2022. The conference and training will be delivered online from February 28 to March 4. An in-person National Press Club address by STA President Professor Mark Hutchinson is planned for March 2 in Canberra. The national gala dinner to bring together STEM leaders and Parliamentarians is planned to be held concurrently in capital cities across Australia on Thursday June 2 - joined by a live AV feed.

Since its first event in 1999, Science meets Parliament has been a keenly anticipated annual highlight of the federal Parliamentary calendar. It continues to deliver outstanding opportunities to elevate visibility, awareness and understanding of STEM in federal Parliament and Australian Government Departments.

In 2021, Science meets Parliament was run as a virtual event and delegate feedback was exceptional. “The event exceeded my expectations. This was my first time attending and I felt that the virtual delivery enhanced rather than hindered participation”.  The virtual nature also allowed for an addition 100 attendees to experience Science meets Parliament, as the venue restrictions were removed.

To take part in the event, make sure you're a member of one of our member organisations, and speak to your representative to find out how to attend!

If you would like to partner with us to support Science meets Parliament, please contact: Lucy Guest, Events and Membership Manager |  P: 02 6113 0781 | E: lucy.guest@sta.org.au