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 explore current and emerging issues, inspire communities with science and to promote the work of Australian scientific researchers and engineers in finding solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Why do we do this?
Recent events have sparked incredible transformation on many levels, with the global COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather sparking increased appreciation of scientific research and knowledge, including from First Nations people. Devastating events have created a huge opportunity for the community to get behind our country’s science and technology researchers.
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 – from whether we choose to vaccinate against COVID-19, how seriously we engage with the threat of climate change to how we vote.
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:
- Bring science engagement into mainstream programs and policy discussions
- Create unforgettable experiences for diverse communities across the state
- Inspire participants with extraordinary scientific discovery and knowledge
- Bring together like-minded organisations to boost collective impact
- Show why science and engineering matter and how STEM studies can help prepare communities for the future
- Create STEM outreach and engagement networks at a local level.
Who we are
In NSW, Inspiring Australia is overseen by the NSW Inspiring Australia & National Science Week Executive Committee:
Emily Jateff (Chair), Australian National Maritime Museum
Phoebe Cowdery, the CORRIDOR project
Aleshia Lonsdale, artist and curator
Mark Temple, Western Sydney University
Kristl Mauropoulos, the University of Sydney
Bruce Ritchie, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
The Manager, Inspiring Australia (NSW) is Meredith Hall
In NSW, Inspiring Australia is a partnership between
Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources
The NSW Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer
The University of Sydney
The initiative is part of the Australian Government’s Science Engagement strategy Inspiring Australia.