Young Tassie Scientists

The Young Tassie Scientists (YTS) program helps early career researchers and professionals who are passionate about their work to connect with the Tasmanian community in a variety of ways.

They visit schools around Tasmania and share their work through talks and talks and activities. They also participate in community science festivals and expos as ambassadors for science during National Science Week.

The Young Tassie Scientists program;

  • shares engaging presentations by inspiring role models – showing students to a connection between studying science at school and career opportunities,
  • provides teachers with opportunities to strengthen their knowledge of current research done here in Tasmania
  • provides early career researchers with opportunities to build their science communication skills
  • shares insights into the life and work of scientists and science-related professionals with the wider community.

Since 2017 the Young Tassie Scientists program has consistently reached an audience of over 27,000 Tasmanians every August. That’s 5% of the Tasmanian population who has spoken with a Young Tassie Scientist face-to-face as part of National Science Week!

The Young Tassie Scientists program is proudly supported by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through National Science Week funding.

Who can join the Young Tassie Scientists?

This is a pretty exclusive club and you’ll need to put in those years of study to qualify. The Young Tassie Scientist team is made up of early-career STEM professionals, including University of Tasmania research students (PhD, Masters, Honours). Whilst there is no formal age limit for volunteers in this program, most of our volunteers are under 30 years of age.

It’s an amazing goal to aim for and you’ll be giving back to your community and inspiring other young scientists.

Check out the YTS YouTube channel to see what our Tassie scientists are up to.

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