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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 female 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 female scientists and technologists 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.


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

30 million +

people reached

2 250+

media mentions


experienced career

15 000+

kids engaged
(see map for locations)

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


  • Dr Yanni Chin
    Dr Yanni Chin
  • Coxon, Bonnie
    Bonnie Coxon
  • Narelle Underwood
    Narelle Underwood
  • Dr Samantha Grover
    Dr Samantha Grover
  • Teh, Charis
    Dr Charis Teh
  • Dr Eva Plaganyi-Lloyd
    Dr Eva Plaganyi-Lloyd
  • Dr Sharon Hook
    Dr Sharon Hook
  • Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
    Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
  • Dr Teresa Ubide
    Dr Teresa Ubide
  • Dr Alexandra Thomson
    Dr Alexandra Thomson
  • Dr Linden Ashcroft
    Dr Linden Ashcroft
  • Dr Susanna Cramb
    Dr Susanna Cramb
  • Bower, Deborah
    Dr Deborah Bower
  • Hughes, Erin
    Erin Hughes
  • Asha Rao
    Professor Asha Rao
  • Moffat, Caroline
    Dr Caroline Moffat
  • Dr Sharna Jamadar
    Dr Sharna Jamadar
  • Dr Kate Selway
    Dr Kate Selway
  • Kylie Bridger
    Kylie Bridger
  • Dr Muneera Bano
    Dr Muneera Bano
  • Dr Kalinda Griffiths
    Dr Kalinda Griffiths
  • Dr Verena Schoepf
    Dr Verena Schoepf
  • Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker
    Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker
  • Dr Melanie Macgregor
    Dr Melanie Macgregor
  • Dr Lizzy Lowe
    Dr Lizzy Lowe
  • Dr Roberta De Bei
    Dr Roberta De Bei
  • Robinson, Cathy
    Dr Cathy Robinson
  • Dr Jacqueline Tate
    Jacqueline Tate
  • Felicity Furey
    Felicity Furey
  • Dr Helen Salouros
    Dr Helen Salouros
  • Dr Verity Normington
    Dr Verity Normington
  • Dr Onisha Patel
    Dr Onisha Patel
  • Dr Kari Pitts
    Dr Kari Pitts
  • Thomas, Carolyn
    Carolyn Thomas
  • Dr Kirsten Ellis
    Dr Kirsten Ellis
  • Dr Georgia Ward-Fear
    Dr Georgia Ward-Fear
  • Kamath, Devika
    Dr Devika Kamath
  • Dr Teresa Wozniak
    Dr Teresa Wozniak
  • Dr Phoebe Meagher
    Dr Phoebe Meagher
  • Dr Iona Novak
    Dr Iona Novak
  • Dr Sonja Dominik
    Dr Sonja Dominik
  • Bianca Capra - Superstars of STEM
    Dr Bianca Capra
  • Dr Juliette Tobias-Webb
    Dr Juliette Tobias-Webb
  • Dr Steph McLennan
    Dr Steph McLennan
  • Moon, Ellen
    Dr Ellen Moon
  • Goh, Anita
    Dr Anita Goh
  • Dr Jennie Mallela
    Dr Jennie Mallela
  • Dr Laura Kuhar
    Dr Laura Kuhar
  • Dr Joanne Lackenby
    Dr Joanne Lackenby
  • Kate Cole
    Kate Cole
  • Coetsee, Amy
    Dr Amy Coetsee
  • Rayment, Erin
    Dr Erin Rayment
  • Moul, Caroline
    Dr Caroline Moul
  • Dr Kate Fox
    Associate Professor Kate Fox
  • Ahmed, Beena
    Dr Beena Ahmed
  • Dr Madeline Mitchell
    Dr Madeline Mitchell
  • Dr Katie Sizeland
    Dr Katie Sizeland
  • Dr Sarah Pearce
    Dr Sarah Pearce
  • Elaine van Bergen
    Elaine van Bergen
  • Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan
    Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science



Technology Partner


Engineering Partner


Gas Sector Partner

STEM Matters logos

STEM Sector Engagement Partner

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 get in touch.


If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Brodie Steel, Program Manager

02 6113 0780 -

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.