Inspiring the ACT

Promoting and connecting STEM and entrepreneurship

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Invention Convention CBRIN Networking Night

Inspiring Australia ACT is continuing to develop our networks to increase connections between STEM and entrepreneurship. Back in January, we partnered with Questacon's National Invention Convention, to introduce 24 young inventors from around Australia to the concept...

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ACT National Science Week Seed Grants Open!

Missed out on National funding? Don’t panic! The ACT National Science Week Coordinating Committee has $10,000 worth of funding to be allocated! We are offering seed grants up to $1000 (incl. GST) to support science engagement events, programs and activities conducted between 1 July and 31 October 2016. Preference will be given to events that occur at least once in or very close to Science Week itself. National Science Week runs from 13-21 August in 2016. The seed funding is designed to assist innovative, interactive events that are able to attract new audiences. These grants are not intended to fund existing activities.

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Young scientists and innovators – NYSF

You already know how enthusiastic we are here at Inspiring Australia about innovation – not just entrepreneurship, but encouraging innovative thinking and practices in the workplace. But we weren’t sure how these young high schoolers with PhD’s and research careers in their sights might feel about it.

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Inspiring the ACT Decision Makers!

Success for Inspiring Australia will mean a more scientifically-engaged Australia. A big part of this is building partnerships and influencing all levels of government. Our decision makers need to understand the value of our sciences, and how important science and...

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Teen Start-Up Camp

Inspiring Australia ACT sponsored the first Teen Start-Up Camp! Teams of teens came together to come up with an idea for a product or a service that provides a solution to global issues and challenges in the areas of:


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Women in Science – Challenges and Solutions

This exhibition was organised by Dr. Anne-Sophie Dielen and Britta Foster, with the support of the ANU Gender Institute and Inspiring Australia. It started life as Tumblr blog, interviewing 40 female scientists working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) about what it means to be a women in science in 2015, what challenges they have faced as well as rewards of working in science.

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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