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 programme.
Nominations are open for the second round of the programme, 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 Coalition Government invested $1.3 million over four years to expand the Superstars of STEM.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is encouraging Territory women in STEM fields to apply.
“This is a great opportunity for Territory women working in STEM to become long-term role models for girls and young women,” Senator Scullion said.
Senator Scullion said the programme’s expansion 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.
“Through seeing women holding the most senior science positions in the country, and through programmes 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.”
Nominations are open until midnight AEST 23 September 2018. For more information or to apply visit www.scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au