CSL has announced it will continue to partner with the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) after signing a new three-year agreement in support of programs that encourage life-long STEM literacy.
A key feature of the partnership is the NYSF Year 12 Program - a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Under the agreement, CSL scientists participate in the summer program, sharing their career insights and learnings with aspiring young scientists.
The announcement follows delivery of the 2019 residential program in January, reaching 600 students representing every state and territory of Australia.
Over 12,000 young people have participated in the program since it began in 1984, including many influential Australian scientists.
According to CSL chief scientific officer, Professor Andrew Cuthbertson, “As Australia’s largest biotechnology company, CSL is committed to fostering the next generation of biomedical researchers. Our partnership with the NYSF spans 10 years and we are very proud to continue our support for this valuable program.
“It is vitally important for Australia’s future prosperity that more students pursue careers in STEM. Programs like the NYSF play an important role in expanding students’ career horizons and igniting their passion for science. Our scientists are very committed to supporting the program and really enjoy their interactions with program participants.”
NYSF CEO Dr Damien Pearce said, “We welcome CSL’s continued investment which reflects their commitment to the valuable role of outreach and extension programs to encourage young Australians to continue studies in the areas of science, technology and engineering.
“The NYSF is a mature and unique program that mixes science related activities with personal development and early career professional networking. Thirty-five years on we know that coming to the NYSF has a positive impact on participants and increases their understanding of what may be possible after year 12, and how studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics can lead to an interesting and fulfilling career.”
Ayoka Wong, from Townsville, attended the NYSF 2018 program and returned in 2019 as a student staff leader.
“As a student who is interested in a STEM career, and especially medicine, it is great to see that there are companies interested in helping younger people understand how they can develop into scientists who work in these fields," said Ms Wong. "Learning about the jobs available in companies like CSL shows us what we might be able to do in the future. It’s important to note, that as students, we really do appreciate their support and guidance.”