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We've been bursting at the seams trying to keep this information to ourselves and are super excited to spill the beans.

Here are the first speaker and activity announcements for the 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program! We can’t wait to showcase all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in January.

Nobel Laureates, Australian STEM icons, and activities with world-leading facilities all feature, and this is just the first announcement. Just imagine what we have planned for the remainder of the program. 

Two Nobel Laureates!

Winning a Nobel Prize is a dream for most STEM professionals, and we have two on the program for 2022:

  • We're thrilled to welcome acclaimed immunologist and voice of Australian COVID-19 information, Professor Peter C. Doherty AC FRS, to the line-up. Professor Doherty will be giving the keynote lecture on the opening day, exciting participants about what the next few weeks hold!
  • We're welcoming back one of our stars from 2021, Professor Brian Schmidt AC FRS FAA. Professor Schmidt will explore the cosmology work that landed him the esteemed prize 10 years ago.

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Professor Brian Schmidt at the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program.

The return of Dr Karl

Australia’s most recognisable science communicator and radio personality, Dr Karl, is returning to the NYSF Year 12 Program for the second year in a row! He’ll be hosting one of his interactive house parties – participants: get ready to hang out and have your curly science questions answered.


With our friends at CSIRO, participants will be directing the Dish! In this session, they’ll be using the Parkes radio telescope to observe pulsars. There's nothing quite like moving a 64-foot telescope around to investigate space.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

Once again, our participants will be heading to Switzerland to tour CERN’s Large Hadron Collider! This live cross was one of the most enjoyed sessions from 2021, and we’re so excited to be returning with our participants in 2022.

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Live cross to CERN at the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program.

Communicating STEM

Every year, we include a practical workshop focussing on the importance of learning how to communicate complex STEM concepts to a wider audience. It’s an important skill for any STEM professional to learn. This year, we’ll be showing participants how to use different media – whether it’s short videos on social media or long-form written articles – to get their ideas out into the world.

Got an idea? Here’s how to get started

How do you start a start-up and how hard is it? Is your idea a winner and what investment will you need? Participants will meet our panel and hear their start-up stories, understand the entrepreneurial cycle, and move their ideas to impact! 

Is what you see what you get?

Critical thinking skills are essential for future STEM professionals. A staple of the NYSF Year 12 Program, Dr Peter Ellerton from The University of Queensland will show participants how to think critically about the content presented to them in the program and throughout the future studies and careers.

A week of digital and in-person STEM visits

In the second week of the program, we have eight in-person hubs around the country plus an amazing digital hub line-up that week. The in-person hubs are in AdelaideBrisbaneCanberraHobartMelbourneNewcastlePerth, and Sydney!

The great thing about offering in-person and digital experiences is that if participants want to do a little of both, they can! In 2021, we saw participants mix and match sessions between in-person and digital hubs, depending on their STEM interests. 

As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic brings with it some extra programming challenges. We are so excited to have these sessions locked in and announced, and we have a stack more that we are putting the final touches on.

Some of the highlights are below. We’re excited to work with NYSF partners and supporter organisations to put together more than 100 workshops, lectures, sessions, lab visits, and facility tours!

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