Science Meets Parliament (SMP), Science & Technology Australia’s annual flagship event, creates connections between the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics sector and the nation’s key decision and policy makers.
Created by Science & Technology Australia in 1999, this unique event delivers an unrivalled program of training and meetings to forge deeper connections between Parliamentarians and those working in science and technology.
It gives STEM experts a deeper understanding of how to engage effectively with policymakers. And it helps policymakers find leading experts in science and technology to inform their policy work.
An annual highlight on the Parliamentary calendar, it delivers outstanding opportunities to elevate visibility and understanding of STEM in Parliament and Australian Government Departments.
Science & Technology Australia delivers Science Meets Parliament across two days in Canberra each year, the exact dates are determined by the Parliamentary Sitting Calendar.
The event includes:
- A powerful program of bespoke training to equip scientists with advanced skills in policy engagement, communications, advocacy and influence;
- Scientist meetings with MPs and Senators; and
- High-energy events including a National Press Club address and National Gala Dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament.
Science Meets Parliament holds a very special place in my heart because it was the first official speaking role that I had as the Minister for Industry and Science. And it was a unique opportunity to be able to meet with you all.”
The Hon Ed Husic MP,
Minister for Industry and Science
I met with Allegra Spender. She was fantastic, very engaged. We talked about the importance of biological collections, their untapped knowledge and the need to train a new generation of taxonomists.”
SMP Delegate feedback, 2023
“I met with Josh Wilson, MP for Fremantle, it was fantastic. He was really open to discussion, although it was a hectic meeting with bells going off. As we left, Mr Wilson asked for us to shoot him an email in a couple of weeks and stay in touch. It was really wonderful.”
SMP Delegate feedback, 2023
Who should attend Science Meets Parliament?
Science Meets Parliament is open to all Australia STEM professionals working in academia, industry and government. This includes PhD students through to leaders in the STEM sector. STEM professionals with an interest in broadening their networks and learning how to engage effectively with policymakers are encouraged to attend the event.
STA Member Benefits
STA member organisations may access Science Meets Parliament registrations at a discounted rate. Additionally, delegates attending from STA member organisations have the option to be considered for a meeting with a Member of Parliament.
With the generous support of our sponsors, STA members can apply for the following scholarships.
- First Nations scholarship
- LGBTIQA+ scholarship
- Regional and remote scholarship
- Technology scholarship
- Disability scholarship
- Neurodivergent scholarship
Scholarships cover registration fees plus transport & accommodation to attend SMP in Canberra.
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