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Drawing on the success of Science meets Parliament 2022, STA will deliver the training and professional development component of SmP2023 online. 

Feedback from delegates celebrated the accessibility of the content - and applauded the diversity and eminence of the speakers the 2022 event could offer with online delivery.

The following week, we will run ‘SmP: On the Hill’. One full day for delegates to attend in-person at Australian Parliament House. 

This national gathering of up to 450 scientists will include professional development sessions, a televised National Press Club address, opportunities for delegates to meet in small groups privately with Parliamentarians, and the National Gala Dinner in the Great Hall.

MARCH 2023 - Dates TBD

WEEK ONE
SmP2023: ONLINE 

High quality professional development will be delivered on a virtual platform across three days.

Delegates can attend live during business hours. Sessions will also be recorded and available for two weeks after the event. 

WEEK TWO
SmP2023: ON THE HILL

One day, in person, at Parliament House in Canberra. The day will feature:

  • Meetings between SmP Delegates and Members of Parliament (meetings for STEM professionals only);
  • Exhibition showcase;
  • Additional training and personal development sessions;
  • Attendance at Question Time;
  • National Press Club Address;
  • National Gala Dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House.

Please note: Attendance at the National Press Club address is limited. Tickets to attend will not be included in Partnership registrations, but available to purchase. 

The dates of the event are dependent on the Parliamentary Sitting Calendar.  

SmP 2022 | OVERVIEW

SKILLS BOOSTED

  • 93% of delegates would recommend Science meets Parliament to a colleague. 
  • 76% improved their communication skills
  • 81% acquired career-accelerating skills 
  • 72% would be more likely to reach out to a Parliamentarian 
  • 81% of delegates said they would attend Science meets Parliament again 

DELEGATE OVERVIEW

  • 63% female, 35% male, 1% non-binary, 1% prefer not to say 
  • 4% identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • 25% had attended Science meets Parliament in prior years

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 528 delegates
  • 68 speakers
  • 64 meetings with scientists and Parliamentarians

SmP2023 | PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The premium partnership package delivering an extensive range of benefits and brand visibility.

Partner benefits:

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to deliver a fifteen-minute address during the online program.

Registrations

Eight conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Fifteen registrations to SmP: Online. 

Functions

Opportunity to invite ten additional guests to the National Gala Dinner.

Opportunity to invite five guests to attend the National Press Club address and lunch.

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Diamond Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo prominently displayed on the conference website. 
  • Logo recognition in all event materials.
  • Opportunity to send one branded EDM to delegates.
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.
  • Opportunity to include promotional material in a delegate showbag.
  • Full-page advertisement in the conference program. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

Premium partnership package delivering an extensive range of benefits, including five tickets to the National Press Club lunch. 

Partner benefits:

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to deliver a ten-minute address during the online program.

Registrations

Five conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Ten registrations to SmP: Online. 

Functions

Opportunity to invite five additional guests to the National Gala Dinner.

Opportunity to invite five guests to attend the National Press Club address and lunch.

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Titanium Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo prominently displayed on the conference website. 
  • Logo recognition in all event materials.
  • Opportunity to send one branded EDM to delegates.
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.
  • Opportunity to include promotional material in a delegate showbag.
  • Full-page advertisement in the conference program. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

This partnership is no longer available.

The National Gala Dinner partnership package delivers an excellent opportunity to speak with delegates and invited guests and profile your organisation directly at this prestigious event - a highlight of the Parliamentary calendar. Attended by delegates, Members of Parliament, Senators, senior policymakers, agency heads and other distinguished guests from the science, technology and diplomatic communities, it is a key branding opportunity.

The National Gala Dinner will be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra. 

Partner benefits:

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to deliver a five-minute welcome address at the National Gala Dinner.

Registrations

Four conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Two registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Functions

Opportunity to invite 10 guests to the National Gala Dinner. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as National Gala Dinner Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo prominently displayed on the conference website. 
  • Prominent logo branding during the National Gala Dinner. 
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.
  • Opportunity to include promotional material in the delegate showbag.
  • Full-page advertisement in the conference program. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP2023: On the Hill

The Platinum Partnership package delivers excellent exposure throughout the event, with an extensive range of exclusive benefits and opportunities to get in front of delegates directly.

Partner benefits:

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to deliver a five-minute address during the online program.

Registrations

Four conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Five registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Functions

Opportunity to invite four guests to the National Gala Dinner.

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Platinum Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo prominently displayed on the conference website. 
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.
  • Opportunity to include promotional material in the delegate showbag.
  • Full-page advertisement in the conference program. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP2023: On the Hill.

This partnership is no longer available.

Exclusive opportunity. The nationally televised National Press Club luncheon address will feature a prominent person in the STEM sector. Traditionally attended by conference delegates, Press Gallery journalists, senior members of the business and science sectors, and senior policy makers. 

Partner benefits:

Corporate Signage

Opportunity to place two free-standing banners at the National Press Club.

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity for a five-minute address to the luncheon guests prior to the live telecast.

Functions

  • Opportunity to invite 10 guests to the National Press Club address.
  • Opportunity to meet with the National Press Club speaker and board prior to the address and lunch. 

Registrations

Two registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as National Press Club Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo displayed on the conference website. 
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP2023: On the Hill

The EDI Partner package delivers high-level exposure of your company’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the STEM sector, providing a comprehensive range of benefits.

Two available.

Partner benefits:

Sponsor of EDI Session 

Opportunity to be named sponsor of EDI themed panel discussion (topic to be mutually agreed) to be held during SmP2023: Online

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to provide a five-minute address prior to the EDI Panel.

Registrations

Three conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Three registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Accessibility

The EDI Partner supports the inclusion of closed captions of online content for improved accessibility. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as EDI Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo displayed on the conference website. 
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.
  • Opportunity to include a promotional gift in delegate showbag.
  • Half-page advertisement in the conference program. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill

The Gold partnership delivers high-level exposure through a comprehensive range of benefits at excellent value for money.

Partner benefits:

Registrations

Three conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Three registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Gold Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo displayed on conference website. 
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your organisation’s support throughout the conference.
  • Opportunity to include a promotional gift in delegate showbag.
  • Half-page advertisement in the conference program. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

The Welcome Reception will be held in the Marble Foyer of Parliament House immediately before the National Gala Dinner. It delivers an excellent opportunity to network with delegates and senior people in the STEM sector. The reception will be a prime event to get delegates talking, enabling them to get the most from their interactions with delegates, Parliamentarians, and event guests.

Partner benefits:

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to address attendees for five minutes at the start of the reception.

Registrations

One conference registration, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Two registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Opportunity to invite 3 guests to the Welcome Reception, including tickets to the National Gala Dinner. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Welcome Reception Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo displayed on the conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill

Give SmP2023: On the Hill delegates an opportunity to have a professional headshot taken to update their social media, LinkedIn etc. Delegates can elect to get a photograph taken by a professional photographer, and a stylist will be on hand to touch up hair and makeup.

Registration 

One conference registration, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Two registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

Opportunity to display one banner beside the photo booth.

Opportunity to hand-out marketing material to delegates at the photo booth.

Acknowledgement as Photobooth Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.

Logo displayed on conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill

Coffee carts provide an excellent opportunity to promote your brand to delegates and exhibitors at Parliament House during SmP: On the Hill. 

Registration 

One conference registration, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Two registrations to SmP: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Opportunity to display logo and banner at the coffee cart in the venue.
  • Logo displayed on conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

The Silver Package includes a good range of benefits at an affordable price.

Partner benefits:

Registrations

Two conference registrations, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Two registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Silver Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo displayed on the conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill

The Parliamentary Forum presents several Parliamentarians and senior policymakers in a moderated discussion. Held during the SmP: Online event. 

Partner benefits:

Registrations

One conference registration, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Three registrations to SmP2023: Online. 

Speaking opportunity

Opportunity to deliver a five-minute welcome or vote of thanks during the Parliamentary Forum. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Parliamentary Forum Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.
  • Logo displayed on the conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

Support of the SmP Scholarships enables a STEM professional to access and attend both SmP: Online and SmP: On the Hill. 

Scholarship categories: 

  • Disability
  • First Nations
  • LGBTIQIA+ Pride
  • Neurodivergent
  • Rural & Regional 
  • Technology
  • To propose an additional scholarship category, please contact the event organisers. 

Partner benefits

  • Opportunity to assist STA Staff with assessing scholarship applications.
  • Opportunity for in-person or virtual meet & greet with recipients of SmP2023 scholarships. 
  • Logo recognition in media release announcement of scholarship winners.

Scholarship recipients

  • Recipients receive full registration to Science meets Parliament 2023.
  • Travel, accommodation, transfers & meals are provided for the recipients to attend SmP2023: On the Hill, including tickets to the National Press Club lunch and the National Gala Dinner. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

This sponsorship opportunity enables delegates with childcare responsibility to attend the event.

Registrations

One conference registration, which includes:

  • SmP2023: Online
  • Attendance at SmP2023: On the Hill (excludes National Press Club ticket) 
  • Opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament (meetings only available for STEM professionals), and;
  • Ticket to the National Gala Dinner

Acknowledgement & logo placement

Acknowledgement as Child Care Partner on social media pre-event & during event period.

Logo displayed on the conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

Add your logo to the SmP2023 lanyards worn by all delegates attending SmP23: On the Hill in Parliament House. 

Partner benefits

Company logo printed on SmP2023 delegate lanyards

Registration

One registration to SmP2023: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

Logo displayed on the conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

Add your logo to the SmP2023 showbags which will be handed out to all delegates attending SmP23: On the Hill in Parliament House. 

Partner benefits

Company logo printed on SmP2023 showbags. 

Registration

One registration to SmP2023: Online. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

Logo displayed on the conference website. 

Opportunity to exhibit 

Opportunity to purchase an exhibition booth and participate in the SmP Showcase during SmP: On the Hill.

The exhibition will be held in Mural Hall in Parliament House during SmP: On the Hill. The display will run for two hours in the morning and will be the area for all catering and formal presentations to ensure the maximum exposure and opportunities for contact between delegates and exhibitors.

$2,500 (STA MEMBERS) ex GST
$3,500 (NON-STA MEMBERS) ex GST

Exhibition open: 9am – 11am during SmP2023: On the Hill

Packages are “Exhibition Ready” and include the following entitlements.

One exhibition space of 2m x 2m floor space including:

  • Fascia board with your organisations name
  • Backing panels, with the opportunity to brand at the exhibitor’s expense
  • Table and two chairs
  • 1 x spotlight attached to the fascia
  • Access to power
  • Additional furniture can be arranged separately

Registration

Complimentary access (includes light catering) to the venue for two staff to work on the exhibition booth. 

Acknowledgement & logo placement

  • Acknowledgement as Exhibitor in conference program. 
  • Logo displayed on conference website. 
Term and Conditions
Partner and Exhibition packages will be allocated in order of receipt of booking forms.
The event organiser, Science & Technology Australia (STA), accepts no liability for damage to exhibits by loss, damage, theft, fire, water, storms, strikes, riots or any cause whatsoever. Exhibitors are advised to insure against such liability.
STA reserves the right to change the venue and duration if circumstances demand at their discretion. The Partners and Exhibitor will indemnify STA in respect of any claims and demands in respect thereof and must take out adequate insurance in respect of all claims.
STA reserves the right to alter the exhibition floor plan at its discretion.
Payment Details
An invoice will be sent on receipt of the booking form.
If payment is not received within 30 days of receipt of the invoice your booking may be cancelled.
For cancellation of sponsorship and/or exhibition at least 1 month prior to the commencement of the conference, full payments will only be refundable if the Organisers are able to re-sell the package.
For cancellations less than 1 month prior to the commencement of the exhibition, all payments are non-refundable. All prices exclude Goods and Services Tax (GST).

To secure your partnership please fill in the form linked below, or email STA Director of Events & Membership Lucy Guest - lucy.guest@sta.org.au