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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 first 30 Superstars achieved the following in their first 12 months.

330 million

people reached


media mentions


experienced career

12 000+

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

Program Alumni

At the conclusion of each program participants will be provided with support materials and advice to enable them to continue to grow their public profile and with suggestions and opportunities to build on the professional relationships they’ve established with one another.  Participants will be strongly encouraged to continue their mentoring relationships.  STA will continue to provide opportunities for alumni such as ad hoc speaking and media opportunities where available.

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science



Gas Sector Partner


Technology Partner


Engineering Partner

STEM Matters

STEM Sector Engagement Partner

Supporting Partners

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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.