Following a lack of support for science and technology in the 1980s, a group of scientific bodies including the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Australian Computer Society and others came together to form FASTS.

Originally known as the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS), the organisation was established in 1985 to advocate the values and benefits of science to government and industry.

The organisation became Science & Technology Australia in 2011 to better reflect the broader and growing nature of its membership.

Since it was established, STA has been a key player in Australian STEM. We have been:

The inaugural Executive Director was Dr David Widdup, who was well regarded for his political engagement and gay-rights activism. His work in promoting the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, or CAMP, had helped him establish productive relationships with key members of Parliament and the media.

You can also find a full list of our past Presidents at the bottom of our Governance page - their important contributions have help STA become the organisation it is today.

The story of STA

Advocating for science and technology since 1985

David Widdup

Our inaugural Executive Director
Dr David Widdup