The National Youth Science Forum steering students towards scientific stardom

​18 January 2017

Around 400 of Australia’s most passionate science students are in Canberra this month for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), getting an insider’s view into the world of Australia’s top scientists and researchers and the contribution their work makes to our national prosperity.

Attending one of two 12-day residential sessions run in January, the senior secondary students will visit cutting-edge laboratories at CSIRO and the Australian National University, meet researchers to gain first-hand experience of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in action, and explore the broad range of careers available to STEM graduates.

Presentations from program partners including Lockheed Martin, Rotary in Australia, CSIRO and IP Australia complement the lab visits. The presentations emphasise to students the real-world impacts of STEM, and provide insights into entrepreneurship and careers outside academic research.

Over more than 30 years the NYSF has established an impressive track record in nurturing young Australians to become the future leaders in STEM.  Many of the program’s 10,000 alumni have gone on to successful study and careers at leading research and scientific organisations in Australia and around the world.

Engaging young people in STEM is vital to Australia’s future and is therefore a key part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). Last year the government committed $660,000 over the next four years to the National Youth Science Forum – funding that will allow 200 more students to participate in the annual residential program.

This funding also helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the NYSF through a scholarship program linking students with mentors and career opportunities, giving them a vital step-up for their future and fostering greater diversity in the sector.

The Australian Government’s support has also allowed the expansion of the NYSF’s Science Teachers Summer School, ensuring more teachers can take up this inspiring and invigorating professional development opportunity before the new school year.

The NYSF is an organisation that aligns closely with the vision of Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. By helping Australia’s youth from all walks of life to harness their potential, we can create the leaders and entrepreneurs that will drive our economy to the forefront of global innovation.

For more information, visit the National Youth Science Forum website.

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