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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.


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


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

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science



Technology Partner


Engineering Partner


Gas Sector Partner

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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 contact: Catherine Beehag, Head of Partnerships |  M: 0430 460 161 | E:


If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Sandra Gardam, 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.