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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 first 30 Superstars achieved the following in their first 12 months.

330 million

people reached


media mentions


experienced career

12 000+

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

Program Alumni

At the conclusion of each program participants will be provided with support materials and advice to enable them to continue to grow their public profile and with suggestions and opportunities to build on the professional relationships they’ve established with one another.  Participants will be strongly encouraged to continue their mentoring relationships.  STA will continue to provide opportunities for alumni such as ad hoc speaking and media opportunities where available.

Major Supporter

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science



Gas Sector Partner


Technology Partner


Engineering Partner

STEM Matters

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 get in touch.


If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Brodie Steel, 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.