Science engagement

We engage people nationwide to build awareness and develop capability and skills in science.

 

    Inspiring Australia contributes to the Australian government’s vision to engage all Australians with science.

    Inspiring Australia science engagement activities connect with people nationwide to:

    • build an awareness and appreciation of science
    • celebrate the excitement of science and scientific discovery
    • enhance the focus on capability and skills
    • improve science communication skills.
    Inspiring Australia logo with 4 coloured boxes overlapping each other

    Supporting community science engagement

    We administer grants and prizes to encourage community-wide participation in STEM. Our targeted science communication also supports activities that contribute to greater public engagement in science, including the Inspiring Australia Managers network.

    Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

    Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research and research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.
    Currently closed

    National Science Week Grants

    National Science Week Grants provides the opportunity for community participation in high profile science engagement activities across the nation during National Science Week.
    Currently closed

    Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants

    Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants supports collaborative initiatives that deliver interactive and hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related activities to youth under 18 years of age.
    Currently closed

    Citizen Science Grants

    Citizen Science Grants supports community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact.
    Currently closed.

    Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

    Grants for organisations (such as schools and community groups) to sponsor Australian students to take part in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement activities, events and competitions. Students must be aged under 18.

    Building community science networks

    We coordinate a national network of Inspiring Australia Managers to engage regional communities in science. There is an Inspiring Australia Manager with local expertise and connections in each state and territory.

    They can help you identify local and regional needs and give up-to-date information about science engagement in your area.

    The network seeks to:

    • achieve wider community engagement with sciences, including through major activities and events such as National Science Week
    • develop new engagement opportunities and activities
    • provide greater engagement opportunities for groups that are underrepresented in STEM
    • improve participant experiences with science engagement activities
    • create sustainable change.

    State and territory contacts and websites

    Reach out to our Inspiring Australia Managers. 

    Australian Capital Territory

    Jillian Matthews

    New South Wales

    Meredith Hall

    Northern Territory

    Dr Carla Eisemberg

    Queensland

    Carolyn Cooke

    South Australia

    Alison Kershaw

    Tasmania

    Amanda Gutwein-Burke (IA Manager Tasmania)

    Victoria

    Mike Flattley

    Western Australia

    Imogen Winsborough