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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.

61.9 million +

people reached

5 200+

media mentions


experienced career

22 500+

kids engaged
(see map for locations)

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


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    Dr Noushin Nasiri
  • IMG_Heather_Handley
    Dr Heather Handley
  • IMG_Kiara_Bruggeman
    Dr Kiara Bruggeman
  • IMG_Rashina_Hoda
    Associate Professor Rashina Hoda
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    Rachel Iglesias
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    Dr Jessica Allen
  • 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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    Dr Samantha Munroe
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    Dr Emily Finch
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    Dr Eleanor Campbell
  • IMG_Sabine_Bellstedt
    Dr Sabine Bellstedt
  • IMG_Wenyue_Zou
    Dr Wenyue Zou
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    Dr Holly Tootell
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9 May 2018
    Dr Dana Rezazadegan
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    Dr Yee Lian Chew
  • IMG_Vanessa_Pirotta
    Dr Vanessa Pirotta
    Dr Erin Hahn
  • IMG_Crystal_Forrestser
    Crystal Forrester
  • IMG_Jessica_Buck
    Dr Jessica Buck
    Dr Divya Mehta
  • IMG_Zoe_Doubleday
    Dr Zoe Doubleday
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    Dr Maria del Mar Quiroga
  • IMG_Jiao-Jiao_Li-min
    Dr Jiao Jiao Li
  • IMG_Clare_Kenyon
    Dr Clare Kenyon
  • IMG_Jennifer_Fan-Gaskin
    Dr Jennifer Fan Gaskin
  • IMG_Annelies_Moens
    Annelies Moens
  • IMG_Bianca_Le
    Dr Bianca Le
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    Dr Erin McGillick
  • IMG_Parwinder_KAUR
    Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur
  • IMG_Jessica_Danaher
    Dr Jessica Danaher
  • IMG_Joanne_Jamie-min
    Associate Professor Joanne Jamie
  • IMG_Bianca_Shepherd
    Bianca Shepherd
  • IMG_Grace_Lethlean
    Grace Lethlean
  • IMG_Caitlyn_Broberg
    Caitlyn Broberg
  • Doctor Kayt Rowe
    Dr Cayt Rowe
  • 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 Hannah Wardill
  • 2020 Dwan Price Profile Research SEBE Deakin Burwood
    Dr Dwan Price
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    Stephanie Gardner
  • IMG_Pearl_Ng
    Pearl Li Ng
  • IMG_Rebecca_Jordan-min
    Dr Rebecca Jordan
  • IMG_Nicole_White
    Dr Nicole White
  • IMG_Mitra_Safavi-Naeini-min2
    Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini
  • IMG_Melanie_Finch
    Dr Melanie Finch
  • IMG_Hannah_Robinson
    Dr Hannah Robinson
  • IMG_Jiawen-_Li
    Dr Jiawen Li
    Dr Sonia Shah
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    Nicole Russo
  • IMG_Kim-Anh_Le-Cao
    Associate Professor Kim-Anh Lê Cao
  • IMG_Lila_Landowski-min
    Dr Lila Landowski
  • IMG_Jessica_Pritchard-min
    Jessica Pritchard
  • IMG_Priyanka_Pillai
    Priyanka Pillai
  • IMG_Jennifer_Matthews
    Dr Jennifer Matthews
  • IMG_Alexandra_Campbell
    Dr Alexandra Campbell
  • IMG_Kylie_Soanes
    Dr Kylie Soanes
  • IMG_Marian_Wong
    Dr Marian Wong
  • IMG_Eva_Rodriguez-Rodriguez
    Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez
  • IMG_Mary_McMillan
    Dr Mary McMillan
  • IMG_Renee_Wootton
    Renee Wootton
  • IMG_Marissa_Betts
    Dr Marissa Betts

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.