NSW Regional Science Hubs

Inspiring Australia has established a network of NSW Regional Science Hubs comprising multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events in regional NSW.

With links to multiple communities, NSW Regional Science Hubs are changing public perceptions about science and technology. They deliver year-round events and activities that promote the value of STEM in local communities in partnership with business, local government and the environment, arts and cultural sectors, closing the gap between science and society.

Through creating community engagement experiences that are relevant, thought-provoking and often entertaining, Regional Science Hubs promote positive attitudes towards STEM and  increase the confidence and skills of parents, teachers and young people to engage with scientific issues.

National Science Week is just one of many STEM initiatives NSW Regional Science Hubs deliver, as well as programs designed to engage 18-35 year olds.

The NSW Regional Science Grants program supports initiatives developed by new and existing Science Hubs with funding.

Join the network!

Inspiring Australia would like to establish more of these strategic partnerships across the state and welcomes interest from science, technology and innovation experts, professional organisations, businesses, educational institutions and community groups.

Download a PDF of the NSW Regional Science Hubs Terms of Reference.

For more information please contact Meredith Hall, Manager Inspiring Australia (NSW) by email or call 0421 614 145

Science Hubs active in 2023.

Blue Mountains Science Hub

Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre, Springwood Neighbourhood Centres, Hamish Clarke scientist, Kevin Joseph teacher, Springwood Bowling Club, Science at the Local

Lead organisation: Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre
Contact: Hamish Clark
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Sapphire Coast Science Hub

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, Sapphire Coast Marine Society, Bournda Environmental Education Centre, Panboola Wetlands Trust, Australian Plants Society, Conservation Management Network, Coastal Wetlands Carers Network and Mat-Sci-Tec.

Lead organisations: Bournda Environment Education Centre & Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness
Contacts: Doug Reckord and Libby Hepburn
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Orange Cowra Cabonne Science Hub

The CORRIDOR project, Age of Fishes Museum, Cabonne Council, Cowra Council, Orange Council, Dr Alex Ritchie, NSW Department of Industry, Office of Environment and Heritage, Cowra NRM, local STEM professionals, businesses, artists and schools.

Lead organisation: The Corridor Project
Contact: Phoebe Cowdery
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Lithgow Valley Regional Science Hub

STEAMworks, Foundations Portland, The Portland Foundry, Lithgow Oberon Landcare Group, Dark Skies Downunder, Amelie Ecology, Central West Media

Lead Organisation: STEAMworks  
Contact: Leahlani
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Hunter Innovation and Science Hub

Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, Science and Engineering Challenge, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Museum, University of Newcastle, Engineers Australia (Northern Division, Hunter Branch), Hunter Wetland Centre, Australian Science Innovations, Engineers Without Borders, Scientists in Schools, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Wetlands Environmental Education centre, OzGREEN, Hunter Local Land Services, Regional Development Australia – Hunter, Geological Survey of New South Wales, Australian Industry Group, Cessnock City Council and Muswellbrook Rotary Club.

Lead organisation: Hunter Innovation and Science Hub
Contact: Tim Roberts
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Paterson Allyn Williams Science & Ideas Hub

Tabbil Forest Design, Dungog Community College, Williams River Catchment Landcare Group, Dungog Shire Community Centre

Lead organisation: Dungog Community College
Contact: Jane Richens
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Riverina Science Hub

Wagga Wagga City Library, Charles Sturt University, Eastern Riverina Science Teachers Association, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, National Indigenous Science Education Program, Department of Primary Industries and Rotary

Lead organisation: Wagga Wagga City Library
Contact: Christine Bolton
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Science Hubs reviewing programs in 2023.

Coffs Coast Science Hub

Bellingen Community Arts Council, Bellingen Shire Electricity Alliance, OzGREEN Global, Rivers Education Network, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce, Cascade Environmental Education Centre, Centre for Ecological Learning Inc, Uniting Earth Ministry, Coffs Harbour City Council and Tallowwood Sangha.

Lead organisation: OzGREEN
Contact: Anna Judovolkis

Illawarra Science Hub

Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium, Illawarra Astronomical Society, Eaton Gorge Theatre Company , Wollongong Botanical Garden and University of Wollongong’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

Lead organisation: Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium
Contacts: Juliet ScrineStuart Creal
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Northern Rivers Science Hub

Rous Water, Lismore City Council, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, North Coast TAFE, Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens,EnviTE, Far North Coast Weeds, Richmond Landcare, Friends of Koala, Arts Fabrika, Back Alley Gallery Artists, Lismore City Council, Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens and North East Waste.

Lead organisation: Richmond Landcare
Contact: Hannah Rice Hayes
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Shoalhaven Science Hub

Bundanon Trust, University of Wollongong, South East Local Land Services, Landcare Australia, Greening Australia, Bomaderry High School, Nowra High School and St Michael’s Primary School

Lead organisation: Bundanon Trust
Contact: Sophie O’Brien

Southern Tablelands Science Hub

Southern Tablelands Arts, Southern Tablelands Arts, Workspace 2580, Community Plus, Wollondilly Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Goulburn Chamber of Commerce
Lead organisation: Southern Tablelands Arts
Contact: Giselle Newbury

New England North West Science Hub

The Armidale Tree Group, Southern New England Land Care, the Catalyst Club, ICT International, University of New England, New England Regional Art Museum, Department of Education and Training,Woolbrook, Niangala and Yarrowitch Public Schools, Landcare, Uralla Shire Council, Armidale Sustainable Living Expo Group, University of New England, The Armidale Club

Lead organisations: University of New England and the Armidale Tree Group
Contact: Emi Schultz
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Murray Science Hub

Murray Arts, Albury Wodonga Community College, Indigenous elders, Astronomical Society of Albury-Wodonga, AlburyCity, Rotary Club of Albury Hume, University of the Third Age, local schools, Albury Art Gallery, Astronomical Society Albury-Wodonga, Albury Sound and Lighting, The Cube

Lead organisation: Murray Arts
Contact: Alyce Fisher
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Mid North Coast Science Hub

Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Mid North Coast Schools Industry STEM Partnerships program.

Lead organisation: under negotiation

Nepean Science Hub

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Penrith Regional Gallery, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith City Council and Celestino.

Lead organisation: under negotiation

Eastern Sydney Science Hub

The Australian Botanic Garden and Centennial Parklands, Randwick Council, Sydney Observatory, University of New South Wales

Lead organisation: Centennial Parklands
Contact: Christian Eckhardt

Northern Sydney Science Hub

CSIRO, Willoughby City Council Library, Macquarie University, t, the National Measurement Institute, The Australian Astronomical Observatory, the Northern Beaches Council, , Ku Ring Gai Council, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Ku Ring Gai Council Library Network, Ryde Council and Chamber of Commerce and Mosaic Multicultural Centre.

Lead organisation: CSIRO
Contact: Selena Boyfield
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Greater Sydney Science Hub

Sydney’s broader STEM community, brought together regularly by Inspiring Australia NSW.

Lead Organisation: Inspiring Australia (NSW)
Contact: Meredith Hall