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Search begins for Australia's new superstars of STEM

15 August 2018

Joint media release with the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, and the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja

Sixty new ambassadors will be selected to inspire more young women and girls to study, work, and to promote gender equity in STEM.

The search is on for 60 outstanding women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who want to become prominent role models for the young Australian community as part of the Superstars of STEM program.

Nominations are open for the second round of the program, which supports and trains women working in the STEM sector to share their passion with the Australian community through the media, social media and on stage.

Run by Science & Technology Australia, The Turnbull Government invested $1.3 million over four years to expand the Superstars of STEM.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash said the program’s expansion earlier this year, was to boost the participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers.

“Women in particular face real challenges in the science sector with women representing only 16 per cent of university and VET graduates in STEM,” Minister Cash said.

“Through seeing women holding the most senior science positions in the country, and through programs like the Superstars of STEM, we’re working to increase the public visibility of women working in STEM to change attitudes and to inspire young women to follow in their footsteps.

“I encourage women in STEM fields across Australia to apply.”

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja said the Superstars of STEM program had already made some great progress.

“The first group of Superstars engaged directly with more than 7500 high school students, had more than 600 media appearances and increased in their social media following as a result of the program,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“This is a great opportunity for Australian women working in STEM to become long-term role models for girls and young women.”

Nominations are open until midnight AEST 23 September 2018. For more information or to apply visit www.scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au

Media contacts

Minister Cash's office: 02 6277 7320

Assistant Minister Seselja's office: 02 6277 3187