STEMcognito – STEM communication video platform to enable and develop outreach skills and promote Australian EMCRs’ skills, research and careers worldwide.

STEMcognito is a new public engagement video communication platform. STEMcognito aims to become a trusted repository of validated scientific and academic video content, in a user-friendly, well-designed environment. STEMcognito allows viewers to choose from four main subjects and several subfields, with differing levels of complexity, thereby ensuring widespread public engagement opportunities. Additionally, our platform supports scientific communication skills development, with the opportunity for researchers to experience live feedback from the public and fellow professionals, thus widening the impact of the platform. A key goal of the project is to promote a culture of discussion around STEM research and to inspire researchers to both connect with a lay audience and with one another. Thus, STEMcognito is the only platform that supports outreach (expert to a non-expert) and “inreach” (expert to expert) communication, with the aim of bringing scientists and non-scientists closer together. STEMcognito gives voice to researchers and eliminates costly stages of specialist video production (such as animations or dubbing). It encourages researchers to fully exploit their existing resources, such as conference presentations. Thus, STEMcognito supports the enhanced use of precious intellectual resources and enhances public engagement with up-to-date scientific content. STEMcognito is free from time zone and location limitations. Australian EMCRs are often penalised for being in different time zones than many of their global colleagues, with inconvenient scheduling making it difficult to follow live seminars or webinars. By depositing videos on STEMcognito, Australian EMCRs will gain access to and be able to distribute their own scientific presentations asynchronously, allowing them to engage better with scientific colleagues.


VIC, Clayton

Opportunities in OPTIMA

From 31 Jul 2021 to 31 Jan 2025

PhD opportunity in OPTIMA

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA) is seeking applications for ten ARC fully-funded PhD projects with generous top-up scholarships.

We're looking for talented students with a background in mathematics, computer science, statistics, economics, engineering or other related fields. These positions are offered across OPTIMA's nodes located at Monash University, Clayton or The University of Melbourne, Parkville. Projects will be available from June 2021 onwards.

PhD projects are 3.5 years, including at least a one-year equivalent industry placement, the timing of which can be negotiated.

An expression of interest must be submitted before prospective PhD students are invited to apply for admission through their selected university. Before applying, please read the OPTIMA node universities' admission requirements, as a PhD will not be offered if you do not meet them. You can visit our LinkedIn page for more information on the projects (

OPTIMA are also seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellows – find out more here.


TEDxSydney Ideas search

Until 10 Jun 2021

TEDxSydney is on the hunt for fresh ideas. If you think you have a cracker of an idea for a TEDx talk, then they want to hear from you. 

As we step into the future, we have never taken more comfort in hard science, groundbreaking research and a fact-based approach to our future. In 2021, TEDxSydney is looking to uncover remarkable ideas that will help shape the next 5, 10 and 50 years.

This is an opportunity to be considered for TEDxSydney’s suite of events including our Main Event on 17 September 2021, broadcast from the Sydney Opera House

The team are looking for 2-3 minute talks, on any topic that demonstrates original thinking and that can be conveyed by you alone - and they are especially keen to hear cutting edge research and ideas across STEM, architecture, design, medicine, health and beyond.

Find out more on the website.


The search is on for aspiring leaders in STEM

Until 29 May 2021

The STEM Executive Experience Day is an immersive one day event where you experience a ‘day in the life’ of an executive. For the day you are the executive of a fictitious company and are faced with a series of challenges from making tough decisions, to being the face of the company, to designing strategies for your company and managing difficult staff. 

The WeAspire team are running a competition for two free places in the day program, to be run on 18 June in Sydney, including return flights to Sydney and 2 nights in a 5 star hotel.

Find out more and enter online at - entries close Saturday 29 May 2021, and winners will be announced on 2 June.



Mums in Science

Mums in Science is community platform for all women, with a focus on empowering women to create their own opportunities with an emphasis on neglected communities like women in STEM and parents.

The platform provides free access to peer support, information and access to free resources. Collectively these provide a ladder to empower and assist women, helping them to escape destructive and harmful environments that keep them isolated and feeling powerless.

Established in 2005, this network

* creates a community to provide mutual support,
* provides information to those who have the challenge of bringing up children and maintaining a career in science, whether full or part-time, or outside mainstream science.

With the hope that this support:

* will encourage women to recognise their strengths, achievements and talents
* will inspire women to create their own career paths and businesses
* empowers women to prioritise their needs equally with those of others, both at work and at home.

For more information, visit the website.


Women in Agriculture podcast | ILLUMINATA

Did you know that until 1994, no Australian woman was allowed to list their legal status as "farmer"?

As three PhD candidates from The University of Queensland (and STEM Women members!) Charlotte, Sera and Emily are trying to break stereotypes by starting the ILLUMINATA podcast to highlight the importance of women in agriculture and STEM.

Find out more, including all the episodes, on the website.


AMSI Winter School 2021 applications are open

From 12 Jul 2021 to 23 Jul 2021

Apply now for two weeks on #datascience hosted by @QUT. The program offers a range of specialist topics with overarching themes including Bayesian statistics, advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, likelihood-free inference, modern neural networks and dimension reduction for high dimensional data. Scholarships are available for financial assistance.



MYOB's DevelopHer Program

From 06 May 2021 to 16 May 2021

MYOB’s DevelopHer program offers opportunities for women and people who identify as female to enter the world of software development. With a paid scholarship, a salary while you gain a qualification at RMIT and a permanent role on offer, it’s the perfect way to set-up a career in tech.

Learn more about the DevelopHer program at the upcoming webinar Tuesday 11 May 12pm:

Apply for the DevelopHer via the link below


PyConline AU call for proposals open

Until 10 Jun 2021

The organisers of PyCon AU are looking for talks on everything Python, open source, and tech-related for their upcoming conference to be held online from 10 - 12 September, 2021. The call for proposals is open until 10 June and you can submit to the main conference and specialist tracks through the same process. They are also interested in ideas for social events!


Rebooting STEMM in Australia

Until 22 Jun 2021

Are you an early- or mid-career researcher in STEMM? The Australian Academy of Science is supporting the Reboot STEMM initiative to co-design a new system of rewards and recognition for research careers.

You can help set the agenda for the program, and join your peers in a live virtual conversation on 22 June. Visit the event website to find out more and register to participate.