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NYSF National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS)

High School Science Teachers

High School Lab Technicians

NSTSS, National Science Teachers Summer School, National Youth Science Forum, NYSF


Registrations now closed


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) has delivered the NSTSS in Canberra for more than fifteen years, and in 2018 ran the inaugural NSTSS Brisbane program in collaboration with the University of Queensland.

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 2019, the NYSF will run two NSTSS programs :

  • NSTSS Canberra will be based at the Australian National University (ANU)
    • Monday 7 January – Friday 11 January 2019
  • NSTSS Brisbane will be based at the University of Queensland (UQ)
    • Monday 14 January – Friday 18 January 2019.


  • $800 – This price includes accommodation, meals, site entry and access to the latest science research
  • $550 – This price includes some meals, site entry and access to the latest science research (does not include accommodation)

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

How to register: Registrations closing midnight Tuesday 18th December.

Scholarship Opportunity – Now Closed

Applications for the ARC Centre for Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems – EQUS travel bursary for NSTSS 2019 have now closed.


Program Highlights – Canberra:

Research Institutions: ANU research labs, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia

Site visits: Mt. Stromlo Observatory, National Museum of Australia

Activities: Live cross to CERN, 3 course meal at the NYSF Science Dinner with Keynote


Program Highlights – Brisbane:

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

Site visits: Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Micromelon Robotics

Activities: Live cross to CERN, 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