Government expands STEM program seeking women ambassadors

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The federal government has announced plans to appoint 60 new ambassadors to inspire more young women and girls to study, work, and promote gender equity in STEM.

The program will search for 60 women ambassadors working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to become prominent role models 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 and Technology Australia, the federal government has invested $1.3 million over four years to expand the Superstars of STEM.

Federal innovation minister Senator Michaelia Cash said the program’s expansion was designed 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,” said Minister Cash.

“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.”

Nominations are open until midnight 23 September 2018. For more information or to apply visit