The Science & Technology Australia STEM Ambassador Program connects STEM professionals with their local MP to help bridge the gap between science and government in Australia.

Participating MPs

Catherine King | Ballarat

Trevor Evans | Brisbane

Julian Hill | Bruce

Maria Vamvakinou | Calwell

Ged Kearney | Cooper

Sharon Bird | Cunningham

Tim Watts | Gellibrand

Tim Wilson | Goldstein

Philip Thompson | Herbert

Clare O’Neil | Hotham

Joel Fitzgibbon | Hunter

Brian Mitchell | Lyons

Mike Freelander | Macarthur

Rebekah Sharkie | Mayo

Karen Andrews | McPherson

Graham Perrett | Moreton

Sharon Claydon | Newcastle

Trent Zimmerman | North Sydney

Julie Owens | Parramatta

Patrick Gorman | Perth

Julian Simmonds | Ryan

Tanya Plibersek | Sydney

Zali Steggal | Warringah

Peter Khalil | Wills

Science & Technology Australia STEM Ambassadors represent 24 different electorates across Australia and have been matched with their local MPs from the political spectrum who have expressed a desire to build stronger scientific networks.

The program encourages the involvement of science in Australian politics and aims to put science and evidence-based policy on the national agenda.

Each Ambassador will meet regularly with their local MP to build associations between parliament and the broader STEM sector. It enables federal politicians to gain a deeper understanding of the potential impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Australia.

STA advocates for evidence-based, science-informed policy. The STEM Ambassador Program helps to connect our national decision-makers with scientific experts who can give them direct access to research, data and evidence.

STA supports and empowers STEM professionals to become effective advocates for their sector, to make positive change, and to use their work to help build better policy and shape Australia’s future.

Our 24 STEM Ambassadors come from a wide range of science, technology, and engineering mathematics professions, representing a range of sectors.


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If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Peter Derbyshire, Policy and Projects Manager

(02) 6257 2895 - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au