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Science forum students urged to become future leaders

14 January 2016

Young science students attending this year’s National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra have been urged to aim for the stars.

Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews last night congratulated forum participants, urging them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

“These talented and enthusiastic young people are our best hope at realising the vision for an agile, creative nation that thrives on science and innovation,” Mrs Andrews said.

“I trust their experiences at the NYSF inspire them to take the leap to become Australia’s future leaders in science, research, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.”

Now in its 30th year, the NYSF gives around 400 high-achieving senior secondary students from across Australia a taste of working in science-based careers.

Mrs Andrews said initiatives like the forum were vital to securing Australia’s supply of STEM graduates, especially women.

“It’s an exciting time to be starting a STEM career as there’s a growing demand for graduates to fill highly skilled jobs in future-facing industries,” Mrs Andrews said.

“To ensure Australia remains competitive and to help these industries grow, the Government is investing $1.1 billion under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

“Over $80 million will go towards getting Australians of all ages interested in STEM, through initiatives like the NYSF amongst others, and giving young people the computing skills they need for the jobs of the future.

“Whilst the NYSF has strong female participation, we also need to see more women and girls continuing in STEM study and taking up science as a career. The National Innovation and Science Agenda includes measures to improve this.”

Media contact: Mrs Andrews’ Office: 02 6277 4360