Inspiring Australia NSW

Inspiring Australia NSW develops influential networks that connect science and engineering researchers to big audiences. In collaboration with hundreds of statewide partners, we create memorable and engaging events and programs to inspire communities with science and its relevance to everyday life and to promote the work of scientific researchers and engineers.

Why do we do this?

Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing has science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at its core. We have a vibrant and innovative research culture, but many STEM achievements are little known to the public. 

Educating communities about the difference research makes is vital to ensuring public support for research investment. Providing access to scientists helps show the next generation why STEM skills are necessary to succeed in the future workforce.

Scientific literacy is also important to individual wellbeing. When people are aware of and understand the science, they can make better decisions  about their health, at the shops, at work and at home.

As the national strategy for public participation in science, technology and innovation, Inspiring Australia seeks to boost the public profile of STEM research and its relationship to our future economic and social wellbeing.

How we work

We connect diverse communities to cutting edge science through initiatives that are entertaining, transformative and locally relevant. Our programs:

  • Create unforgettable experiences
  • Show why science and engineering matter
  • Explain how STEM studies prepare communities for the future
  • Inspire participants with extraordinary scientific discovery
  • Bring together like-minded organisations to amplify collective impact
  • Create STEM outreach and engagement networks at a local level.

Flagship programs

New South Wales


Who we are

In NSW, Inspiring Australia is overseen by the NSW Inspiring Australia & National Science Week Executive Committee:

Jasmine Chambers (Chair) Division of Natural Sciences, University of Sydney
Bobby Cerini, Inspiring Australia
Geoff Crane, National Science Week
Chris Newman, Office of NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

The Manager, Inspiring Australia (NSW) is Jackie Randles.


In NSW, Inspiring Australia is a partnership between

University of Sydney
NSW Department of Industry
Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The initiative is part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda