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In 2024, the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is celebrating its 40th anniversary and we'd like your help to make this year spectacular.  

We are calling on our NYSF Alumni and science and technology sector friends from across the country to create and donate an original work of art that we can auction off to raise money for the NYSF Access and Equity Scholarship Fund.

Currently, we have locked in pieces from:

  • Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley
  • Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Barry Marshall
  • Former Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Lyn Beazley
  • And a number of NYSF alumni!  

We highly encourage you to participate regardless of your perceived artistic ability. The outcome of these pieces of art is to showcase the incredibly diverse talents of Australia’s STEM workforce. It is all a bit of fun and we encourage you to participate with that spirit in mind.  

The art works will proudly be displayed and then a silent auction will be held at our 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Monday the 19th of August 2024 at Australian Parliament House. 

Further details

Theme: We do not wish to limit your creativity by prescribing a theme,  STEM and STEM futures are broad and all-encompassing!  

Medium: Painting, drawing, photography, tapestry, quilting, or anything in between – all artistic mediums are accepted. If your work is digital, we are happy to have it printed here to save on shipping costs. You will need to provide us with a high-resolution jpeg file, 250 dpi minimum with allowance to wrap the canvas. 

Size: We ask that the art be produced in portrait orientation on a 12-inch x 16-inch canvas (or to that size specification) for uniformity on the presentation night. If your masterpiece would work better in a different format, please let the team know. This canvas size can be purchased relatively easily at a number of retailers such as Kmart. NYSF will provide a canvas for Canberra-based artists and are happy to reimburse you for the cost of the canvas for interstate artists.  

Deadline: We need to receive your completed artwork by Monday, 1 July 2024. If this timeline is unattainable for you, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the team.  


If you would like to be part of this 40th Anniversary celebration, or you have further questions, please email our Events Officer, Sarah Crowe ( and she will be in touch to arrange further details.  

“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.”


- Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison