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Superstars of STEM aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.  STA started Superstars of STEM to create a critical mass of celebrity Australian women who work as scientists and technologists - role models for young women and girls – and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields in STEM.

Over five years we will have equipped 150 women working in STEM with advanced communication skills and provided them with genuine opportunities to use these skills – in the media, on the stage and in speaking with decision makers.

Working with participants over two years, the program strives to;

  • Support 60 women employed in a range of roles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become highly visible public role models;
  • Build the public profile of 60 women employed in STEM through training in public speaking, media and communicating with influence and through creating opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills;
  • Empower participants to share their story and their work with general audiences by equipping them with advanced communications skills and an understanding of traditional media, social media and story-telling.
  • Smash imposter syndrome and build confidence in a range of professional settings, participants will learn how to communicate with influence, in their workplaces, in the media and with leaders and politicians.
  • Directly encourage young women and girls to study and stay in STEM, by program participants speaking with them in their schools and workplaces and by providing prominent public role models for them to aspire to.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the program through an iterative process of seeking feedback from participants and applying the lessons learned.

OUR IMPACT

Exceeding expectations, our 90 Superstars have achieved the following since 2017.

61.9 million +

people reached

5 200+

media mentions

78%

experienced career
progression

22 500+

kids engaged
(see map for locations)

Learn more about the amazing impact of our 2017/19 Superstars

MEET OUR SUPERSTARS

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    Stephanie Gardner
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    Dr Sonia Shah
  • IMG_Eleanor_Campbell
    Dr Eleanor Campbell
  • IMG_Hannah_Robinson
    Dr Hannah Robinson
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    Dr Erin Hahn
  • IMG_Bianca_Shepherd
    Bianca Shepherd
  • IMG_Yee-Lian_Chew
    Dr Yee Lian Chew
  • IMG_Jessica_Buck
    Dr Jessica Buck
  • IMG_Jiawen-_Li
    Dr Jiawen Li
  • IMG_Crystal_Forrestser
    Crystal Forrester
  • Dr Hannah Power, Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Earth Sciences). Photo taken for her nomination in the Superstars of STEMM awards. Pic at Nobbys Beach (about 7pm) on Monday November 9, 2020, by Eddie O'Reilly UON Marketing and Comms.
    Associate Professor Hannah Power
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    Dr Nicole White
  • IMG_Annelies_Moens
    Annelies Moens
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    Dr Maria del Mar Quiroga
  • IMG_Mary_McMillan
    Dr Mary McMillan
  • IMG_Samantha_Munroe-1 (1)
    Dr Samantha Munroe
  • IMG_Holly_Tootell-min
    Dr Holly Tootell
  • IMG_Jessica_Pritchard-min
    Jessica Pritchard
  • IMG_Sabine_Bellstedt
    Dr Sabine Bellstedt
  • IMG_Hannah_Wardill
    Dr Hannah Wardill
  • IMG_Parwinder_KAUR
    Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur
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    Dr Erin McGillick
  • IMG_Jessica_Danaher
    Dr Jessica Danaher
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    Rachel Iglesias
  • IMG_Zoe_Doubleday
    Dr Zoe Doubleday
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    Dr Emily Finch
  • IMG_Wenyue_Zou
    Dr Wenyue Zou
  • IMG_Jennifer_Matthews
    Dr Jennifer Matthews
  • IMG_Bianca_Le
    Dr Bianca Le
  • Captured at MYRIOTA on 12 Aug, {iptcyear} by Rosina Possingham.
    Nicole Russo
  • IMG_Jessica-_Allen
    Dr Jessica Allen
  • IMG_Heather_Handley
    Dr Heather Handley
  • IMG_Caitlyn_Broberg
    Caitlyn Broberg
  • IMG_Jiao-Jiao_Li-min
    Dr Jiao Jiao Li
  • IMG_Alexandra_Campbell
    Dr Alexandra Campbell
  • IMG_Eva_Rodriguez-Rodriguez
    Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez
  • IMG_Kylie_Soanes
    Dr Kylie Soanes
  • IMG_Priyanka_Pillai
    Priyanka Pillai
  • IMG_Clare_Kenyon
    Dr Clare Kenyon
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    Dr Dana Rezazadegan
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    Grace Lethlean
  • IMG_Jennifer_Fan-Gaskin
    Dr Jennifer Fan Gaskin
  • IMG_Marissa_Betts
    Dr Marissa Betts
  • IMG_Rashina_Hoda
    Associate Professor Rashina Hoda
  • IMG_Joanne_Jamie-min
    Associate Professor Joanne Jamie
  • IMG_Lila_Landowski-min
    Dr Lila Landowski
  • IMG_Marian_Wong
    Dr Marian Wong
  • IMG_Noushin_Nasiri
    Dr Noushin Nasiri
  • IMG_Kim-Anh_Le-Cao
    Associate Professor Kim-Anh Lê Cao
  • IMG_Vanessa_Pirotta
    Dr Vanessa Pirotta
  • IMG_Rebecca_Jordan-min
    Dr Rebecca Jordan
  • Karlie Noon has been appointed the Sydney Observatory's first astronomy ambassador. Canberra, August 20, 2020. Photo: Rhett Wyman/SMH
    Karlie Noon
  • IMG_Mitra_Safavi-Naeini-min2
    Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini
  • Doctor Kayt Rowe
    Dr Cayt Rowe
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    Dr Divya Mehta
  • IMG_Renee_Wootton
    Renee Wootton
  • 2020 Dwan Price Profile Research SEBE Deakin Burwood
    Dr Dwan Price
  • IMG_Kiara_Bruggeman
    Dr Kiara Bruggeman
  • IMG_Pearl_Ng
    Pearl Li Ng
  • IMG_Melanie_Finch
    Dr Melanie Finch

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Partners

Google
GE
Defence – Inline – Black
STEM Matters logos

Supporting Partners

AusSMC Logo
logo for the Conversation

If you would like to partner with us to promote these leading women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, please contact:

Sandra Gardam
Program Manager
T: 02 6113 0780 | E: sandra.gardam@sta.org.au

Enquiries:

If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Sandra Gardam
Program Manager
T: 02 6113 0780 | E: sandra.gardam@sta.org.au

Please note, the name 'Superstars of STEM' is a registered trademark of Science & Technology Australia. Use of the term 'Superstars of STEM', when not relating to this program run by Science & Technology Australia, is not permitted.