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NYSF National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS)

High School Science Teachers

High School Lab Technicians

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The National Science Teachers Summer School is undergoing a review and will not be running in January 2022. We appreciate any comments or feedback to assist with our further development of this Program. Please contact us at to let us know your thoughts.  


The National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS) is a five-day professional development program for experienced and new secondary science teachers from across Australia. The program is also open to High School Lab Technicians.

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) delivered a pilot program of the NSTSS in January of 2010 before officially launching the program in January of 2011 in Canberra. From 2018 the NSTSS program also ran in collaboration with the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

At the NSTSS, participants will engage in a professional dialogue about teaching and learning, be exposed to cutting-edge research, and explore new methods of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

With the focus on STEM increasing in schools across the country, the NSTSS program is an opportunity for both new and experienced teachers to hear about the most up-to-date research in these fields, equipping them with the knowledge to not just teach their students, but to inspire them.

At NYSF’s NSTSS you will:

  • learn about the latest science breakthroughs in a range of subject areas, and how to communicate them to your students;
  • visit world-leading research facilities at our host university campuses;
  • hear from guest educator lecturers;
  • discuss what works in the classroom and share experiences with peers;
  • build your STEM teaching networks across the country and make new friends at a series of social events; and
  • engage with Australia’s leading STEM students attending the NYSF Year 12 program, giving you an understanding of that program’s benefits.

The NSTSS is part of the NYSF’s suite of programs to inform young people about study and career pathways within STEM so they may make informed decisions about their futures.

The National Science Teachers Summer School is funded in part by a grant from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) – Inspiring a nation of scientists.

Further Details

Location: In 2020, the NYSF ran two NSTSS programs :

  • NSTSS Canberra was based at the Australian National University (ANU)
    • Monday 6 January – Friday 10 January 2020
    • Accommodation at Burgmann College within ANU
  • NSTSS Brisbane was based at the University of Queensland (UQ)
    • Monday 13 January – Friday 17 January 2020.
    • Accommodation at Emmanuel College within UQ

Cost: $720 with accommodation, $470 without accommodation

Who can register: Experienced and new science teachers at secondary and senior secondary schools across Australia. High School Lab Technicians were also invited to register. 

How to apply: Register for the NYSF Community by clicking HERE then follow the prompts to apply to the NSTSS 2020 program.

Program Highlights – Canberra:

Research Institutions: ANU research labs, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Canberra Institute of Technology

Site visits: Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Activities:Specialist Lectures and Workshops, Optional 3 course meal at the NYSF Science Dinner with Keynote


Program Highlights – Brisbane:

Research Institutions: University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University

Site visits: Micromelon Robotics, Australian Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, Queensland Brain Institute

Activities: Specialist Lectures and Workshops, Optional 3 course meal at the NYSF Science Dinner with Keynote


Attending the NSTSS definitely reinvigorated my love for and faith in science.

— Cornelia Cefai, NSTSS 2017 Participant