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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.

OUR IMPACT

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

30 million +

people reached

2 250+

media mentions

70%

experienced career
progression

15 000+

kids engaged
(see map for locations)

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

MEET OUR SUPERSTARS

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

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Partners

Google

Technology Partner

GE

Engineering Partner

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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.

Enquiries:

If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Brodie Steel, Program Manager

02 6113 0780 - brodie.steel@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.