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.

For more information check out the Program Outline and the Statement of Expectations

Applications for the program are currently closed.

They will open again in mid-2022.


David Smith | Bean

Madeleine King | Brand

Richard Marles | Corio

Sharon Bird | Cunningham

Bert van Manen | Forde

Brendan O’Connor | Gorton

Melissa McIntosh | Lindsay

Milton Dick | Oxley

Luke Howarth | Petrie

Dave Sharma | Wentworth


Senator Hollie Hughes | New South Wales

Senator Perin Davey | New South Wales

Senator Rex Patrick | South Australia

Senator Janet Rice | Victoria

Senator David Van | Victoria

Senator Rachel Siewert | Western Australia

Senator Slade Brockman | Western Australia

Meet the previous Ambassadors

Science & Technology Australia STEM Ambassadors represent 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.


  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Birkmanis
  • Fleur
    Dr Fleur Garton
  • Meg
    Ms Meg Panozzo
  • Emily
    Dr Emily Camm
  • 2018013-Quinn-Eng-46266
    Dr Matthew Faria
  • Danielle
    Danielle Skropeta
  • Michelle
    Associate Professor Michelle Harvey
  • Madeleine
    Ms Maddie Holly
  • Margaret
    Dr Margaret Shanafield
  • Adam
    Professor Adam Guastella
  • IMG_7539-2
    Associate Professor Artem Pulemotov
  • Dona
    Dr Dona Jayakody
  • Lee 2
    Professor Lee Baumgartner
  • Chelsea
    Dr Chelsea Janke
  • Priya
    Dr Priya Rani
  • Shannon
    Dr Shannon Algar
  • Celia
    Dr Celia Harris


If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Peter Derbyshire, Policy and Projects Manager

(02) 6257 2895 - info@sta.org.au