Inspiring the ACT

Promoting and connecting STEM and entrepreneurship

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Science in ACTion – 2017 edition!

Science in ACTion, a free event showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) organisations in the ACT, was held on Saturday the 12th of August at the Old Bus Depot. Over 3000 people visited 41 stalls throughout the day, learning about...

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Art and Science: Creative Collaborations for Conservation

Local artists, scientists, and conservation aficionados were invited to an evening of collaboration and conversation in May at Extirpation: Local Extinction, an event held at the Australian National University. Over 45 people attended the event, which included an art...

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2017 ACT National Science Week Seed Grants!

We have another raft of exciting events coming your way this Science Week, thanks to the ACT National Science Week Coordinating Committee's Seed Grants! Check out the successful Seed Grants for 2017 (and get along to at least one of their events!): Australian Academy...

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Brain Break in CBR – Part Two!

It's school holidays again and there is EVEN MORE for you to explore and enjoy of Canberra's best science and technology! 1) The Shine Dome This iconic building houses most of the Australian Academy of Science, whose role it is to champion, celebrate and support...

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Brain Break in CBR – Part One!

Sure, you could head down the coast on holidays, with everyone else. And deal with this:   OR you could explore the wonders of our nation's capital - Canberra!  Inspiring Australia ACT is here to give you the heads up on all the best "science" that Canberra has...

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Let’s face it – 2016 has been a crazy year around the World; we lost beloved actors, Britain decided it didn’t want to be in Europe anymore and we won’t event start on the global ripple effects of what happened in the States last month. With the 24 hour news cycle...

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Spooky Science Competition!

While we LOVE all things evidence-based, peer-reviewed here at Inspiring the ACT, we are not beyond having a little fun with the seasons! So as part of engaging the Territory’s primary school students with science, Inspiring The ACT is launching a “Spooky Science”...

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Pint of Science Canberra 2017 – We Need You!

Are you interested in sharing science with the public? Do you enjoy relaxing with friends at the pub? If the answer to both is YES, then Pint of Science Australia is for you! Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to showcase the amazing research of...

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Space Camp: Out of this World

  While Canberrans were enjoying the October long weekend, going down to the coast or potentially enjoying the two back to back fairytale grand finals, over forty enthusiastic kids from Canberra and surrounding regions were learning more about the Universe we...

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The Science of Flowers

It's Canberra, it's Spring time and that can mean only one thing - Floriade!! Floriade is Canberra's Spring time event where organisers attend to over one million bulbs and annuals to bloom in spectacular fashion in beautiful patterns. This year Floriade is held...

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Inspiring Australia is a national strategy to help build connections between scientists, organisations, businesses, and students to foster public participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and innovation. Inspiring the ACT is the local action to help bring the national strategy to life!

Australia needs a scientifically literate community, a more technologically-skilled workforce, and scientifically well-informed decision makers. We want a society that is inspired by and values scientific endeavour, that attracts increasing national and international interest in its science, that critically engages with key scientific issues and encourages young people to pursue scientific studies and careers.

The ACT is renowned for its strength in knowledge-based industries, including government services, information and communications technology (ICT), space and spatial science, defence and security, health, sport science and renewable energy. The ACT Government’s recently released Confident & Business Ready – Building On Our Strengths report also identifies Innovation as a vital part of the ACT economic journey.


Build and strengthen science networks and partnerships in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors


Support initiatives that increase engagement in STEM and entrepreneurship in the ACT across the community, business and government sectors.


Motivate Territorians from all walks of life to understand and get involved in the sciences


Inspire young people to consider pursuing their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through further study or innovative and entrepreneurial thinking

Inspiring Australia Strategy

Inspiring Australia is a national strategy to help science researchers, communicators and governments to better work together to improve the quality, reach and impact of science engagement in Australia.

The goal is to use the broad principles and recommendations of the Inspiring Australia report to drive a national, coordinated strategy to develop a scientifically engaged Australia

The National Inspiring Australia Strategy

ACT Business Development Strategy

A strong and sustainable economy is essential for us to meet the needs of the Canberra community now and into the future. We know that our economy will grow as we are diversifying our private sector and that this in turn will create new jobs. That’s why the ACT Government is focussed on continuing to create the right business environment and using our competitive strengths to accelerate innovation and investment.

Confident and Business Ready


National Science Week

Provide support,funding and promotion for the ACT National Science Week Committee and Science Week activities as well as encouraging more organisations and communities to be involved in National Science Week.


Live Science Events

We are encouraging and supporting the establishment of live events that appeal to the public and are held outside of National Science Week and also outside traditional settings to enable as many people as possible to understand science and its importance.


STEM Careers

We are providing support and sponsorship to help inspire our young people to undertake studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as supporting innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the ACT.

STEM careers


Science Tourism

We are partnering with tourism bodies and operators to promote the science in key tourism destinations around the ACT.

Science Tourism