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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.


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

30 million +

people reached

4 800+

media mentions


experienced career

18 000+

kids engaged
(see map for locations)

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


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    Dr Wenyue Zou
  • 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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    Rachel Iglesias
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    Dr Eleanor Campbell
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    Caitlyn Broberg
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    Dr Melanie Finch
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    Dr Samantha Munroe
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    Grace Lethlean
    Dr Erin Hahn
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    Dr Rebecca Jordan
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    Dr Heather Handley
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    Dr Emily Finch
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    Dr Jessica Allen
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    Dr Jiao Jiao Li
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    Renee Wootton
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    Pearl Li Ng
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    Dr Mary McMillan
  • IMG_Kiara_Bruggeman
    Dr Kiara Bruggeman
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    Dr Kylie Soanes
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    Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez
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    Dr Bianca Le
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    Nicole Russo
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    Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur
    Dr Divya Mehta
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    Dr Noushin Nasiri
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    Jessica Pritchard
  • 2020 Dwan Price Profile Research SEBE Deakin Burwood
    Dr Dwan Price
  • Karlie Noon has been appointed the Sydney Observatory's first astronomy ambassador. Canberra, August 20, 2020. Photo: Rhett Wyman/SMH
    Karlie Noon
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    Dr Sabine Bellstedt
  • IMG_Jessica_Danaher
    Dr Jessica Danaher
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    Dr Maria del Mar Quiroga
  • IMG_Jennifer_Matthews
    Dr Jennifer Matthews
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    Dr Nicole White
  • IMG_Vanessa_Pirotta
    Dr Vanessa Pirotta
  • IMG_Annelies_Moens
    Annelies Moens
  • IMG_Marian_Wong
    Dr Marian Wong
  • IMG_Steph_Gardner
    Stephanie Gardner
  • IMG_Yee-Lian_Chew
    Dr Yee Lian Chew
  • IMG_Bianca_Shepherd
    Bianca Shepherd
  • AIHI
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    Dr Dana Rezazadegan
  • IMG_Kim-Anh_Le-Cao
    Associate Professor Kim-Anh Lê Cao
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    Dr Lila Landowski
  • IMG_Jennifer_Fan-Gaskin
    Dr Jennifer Fan Gaskin
  • IMG_Joanne_Jamie-min
    Associate Professor Joanne Jamie
    Dr Sonia Shah
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    Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini
  • IMG_Jessica_Buck
    Dr Jessica Buck
  • IMG_Priyanka_Pillai
    Priyanka Pillai
  • Doctor Kayt Rowe
    Dr Cayt Rowe
  • IMG_Alexandra_Campbell
    Dr Alexandra Campbell
  • IMG_Clare_Kenyon
    Dr Clare Kenyon
  • IMG_Rashina_Hoda
    Associate Professor Rashina Hoda
  • IMG_Hannah_Robinson
    Dr Hannah Robinson
  • IMG_Hannah_Wardill
    Dr Hannah Wardill
  • IMG_Jiawen-_Li
    Dr Jiawen Li
  • IMG_Erin_McGillick
    Dr Erin McGillick
  • IMG_Marissa_Betts
    Dr Marissa Betts
  • IMG_Crystal_Forrestser
    Crystal Forrester
  • IMG_Holly_Tootell-min
    Dr Holly Tootell
  • IMG_Zoe_Doubleday
    Dr Zoe Doubleday

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


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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 contact:

Sandra Gardam
Program Manager
T: 02 6113 0780 | E:


If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Sandra Gardam
Program Manager
T: 02 6113 0780 | E:

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.