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Young Australians after they have left school, have started their first degree or training, and before they become more senior in a science and technology career

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Date: Saturday 17 – Monday 19 August 2024

Location: The Australian National University, Canberra

Equity Registration: $295
Standard Registration:

Optional events include a Welcome Networking Reception and a 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner at an additional cost. 

Equity Registrations are available to delegates who are full-time students, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, from rural or remote regions, have a disability, or are experiencing financial hardship. 

Logistics: Delegates are to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements. We have put together some suggested accommodation providers here

Who is invited: The STEM Summit is open to people between 18 – 25 (who have completed high school), regardless of whether they have completed previous NYSF programs. 

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Who should attend the National Youth STEM Summit?

Are you a young person who has completed high school, is between 18-25 years old, and wants to improve your STEM career prospects? 

The NYSF National Youth STEM Summit is an exclusive three-day event, held annually in Canberra and designed for young Australians after they have left school, have started their first degree or training, and before they become more senior in their science and technology careers.

​​​The STEM Summit is a conference-style event designed to support delegates’ next steps in their career journeys. It enables delegates to connect with government, industry and academia and provides professional development opportunities through workshops, keynote presentations, networking events, a Careers and Study Expo, and discussions on the latest developments in STEM fields.​​​​

During the STEM Summit, ​there will be a number of opportunities for delegates to network with each other as well as with the wider STEM community. The STEM Summit will cumulate with a Gala Dinner at the Australian Parliament House to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the National Youth Science Forum.

During the STEM Summit, delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with fellow young Australians and exchange ideas on current trends in STEM fields.
  • Learn from successful professionals who will share their experiences and provide insights on career opportunities, leadership, and development.
  • Network with business, government and senior representatives in the STEM sector.
  • Upskill their career and personal development with workshops in media, networking, personal branding and interview skills.
  • Provide a voice to decision makers on key STEM topics, including critical technologies; climate change and environmental sustainability; health and wellbeing.
  • Engage with organisations that are looking for talented individuals.

The 2024 NYSF National Youth STEM Summit will be a defining moment in the delegate’s development and an opportunity for them to engage with other young people and explore career opportunities in STEM. This event will provide delegates with valuable insights and next steps to help them make informed decisions about their career path; retaining talent and delivering career-ready Australians.

Confirmed STEM Summit speakers

We’re excited to announce our first confirmed speakers for the 2024 NYSF National Youth STEM Summit. Watch this space for further updates as we draw closer to the Summit!

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Example delegate profiles

National Youth STEM Summit - content image Laura is undertaking an undergraduate degree in Science. She’s still choosing whether she wants to continue in academia, or to go for a government or industry career. Laura wants to find out about her options and where her skills may be needed and valued, and if there are any skills she may need to develop. Laura also wants to make a network of like-minded people as she enters the workforce. 
National Youth STEM Summit - content image Eli is completing a traineeship in mechanical services. They’re thinking of what internships and experiences they want in their last years of training. They want to attend a Careers and Study Expo that has different opportunities from what they’ve seen before, and they want to find interesting applications for the work they enjoy and tailor their pathway to where there are abundant jobs in Australia.
National Youth STEM Summit - content image Wei is currently finishing an Arts degree. Wei is interested in political science and climate change but does not know how to combine his interests into a career. He wants to connect with other young Australians working in fields where they can have a collective impact. He also wants to meet people in the STEM sector in government so that they can help him know what skills he needs to develop and what he needs to do before he graduates to help him find his dream job with impact. 

Become an Event Sponsor

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact for a copy of our Sponsorship Prospectus. 


For all 2024 STEM Summit enquiries, please email


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