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

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:

Catherine Beehag, Acting Program Manager

02 6257 2891 –

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.