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National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS) - Applications Now Open

High School Science Teachers

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


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 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) has delivered the NSTSS in Canberra for more than fifteen years, and in 2018 we’re very excited to be running 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 and reach their full potential.

Further Details

Location: In 2018, the NYSF will run two NSTSS programs concurrently:

  • NSTSS Canberra will be based at the Australian National University (ANU)
  • NSTSS Brisbane will be based at the University of Queensland (UQ).

Dates: Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 2018.

Application Dates: Applications are now open. To secure your place, you just need to register here and pay the program fee. Once that is completed, you are in! 

Cost: $350 (This includes all meals and accommodation for the length of the program) or $200 if the applicant has their own accommodation (some meals provided) – Yes the program is heavily subsidised for you!

Who can apply: Experienced and new science teachers at secondary and senior secondary schools across Australia

More information: Please contact us

Program Highlights – Canberra:

Research Institutions: ANU research labs, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia

Iconic places: Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Parliament House, National Museum of Australia

Expert sessions: Science by Doing – designed for hands on learning

CERN – discussions on particle physics

Astronomy – learn about and observe the cosmos


Program Highlights – Brisbane:

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

Iconic places: Queensland Museum and Science Centre, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Daisy Hill Koala Conservation Centre, XXXX Brewery, Mt Coot-tha summit

Expert sessions: Workshops with Associate Professor Terry Lyons and Dr Vinesh Chandra from QUT’s STEM Education Research Group


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

— Cornelia Cefai, NSTSS 2017 Participant and Science Teacher