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 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 relevance of science to everyday life and the difference STEM research makes is vital to ensuring public support for research investment.

Providing access to scientists and scientific knowledge helps show the next generation why STEM skills are necessary to succeed in the future workforce.

Increasingly, critical thinking and scientific literacy is important to wellbeing. When people are aware of and understand the science, they can make better decisions  about issues that affect their lives.

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

How we work

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

  • Create unforgettable experiences across the state
  • Inspire participants with extraordinary scientific discovery
  • Bring together like-minded organisations to boost collective impact
  • Show why science and engineering matter
  • Explain how STEM studies prepare communities for the future
  • 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), Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Geoff Crane, National Science Week
Kristl Mauropoulos, the University of Sydney
Chris Newman, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Bruce Ritchie, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

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

Contact us


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