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The Australian Space Agency is supporting the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in a move to encourage Australian students to take up future space careers.

Sponsorship from the Australian Space Agency will assist in the delivery of the 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program and broadly support the NYSF in their mission to connect young Australians with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) study and career pathways.

The collaboration will also support the Agency in their mission to build a future space workforce. NYSF programs provide a unique opportunity for industry to support and connect with the STEM workforce of the future.

“The Australian Space Agency is committed to our aim of transforming and growing a globally respected Australian space industry. The Agency’s ‘Inspire’ pillar highlights the importance of students taking up STEM studies and careers to help grow the next generation of the space workforce,” said Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency.

“Programs like the National Youth Science Forum are an important aspect of this goal. Providing students with an opportunity to experience jobs in the industry is a great way to highlight jobs of the future, and to explore the variety of careers out there,” said Mr Murfett.

The NYSF collaborated with the Australian Space Agency for the 2021 Year 12 Program in January, and we are excited to continue working together in 2022.

“This partnership recognises our leadership in providing transformational STEM programs that help students see the job and connects them with the very best in Australia’s STEM sector,” said NYSF CEO, Dr. Melanie Bagg.

“We look forward to working with the Australian Space Agency to curate our programs and ensure they best represent the many opportunities available in the space industry,” Dr. Bagg continued.

“With a strong commitment to students from diverse backgrounds, it is really exciting to be able to introduce the many rural and remote students and young women who attend NYSF programs to a variety of space job options. Partnering with organisations like the Australian Space Agency maximises our ability to present some really diverse and unique STEM career opportunities.”

“We will also share space industry opportunities such as graduate programs, jobs, and internships with our 13,000+ alumni, all at different stages in their careers, through our NYSF Connect program.”

We thank the Australian Space Agency for their support and look forward to collaborating on the 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program.

Images from the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program in January 2021. Participants received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Australian Space Discovery Centre. A construction site at the time, NYSF participants were delighted to be the first students to set foot in the new Australian Mission Control facility.