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Inspiring Australia

Inspiring Australia is the Australian Government's national strategy for engaging communities with the sciences.

In recognition of its commitment to outreach, the University of Tasmania is working in partnership with the Tasmanian Department of State Growth and the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science to deliver the Inspiring Australia program in Tasmania.

Inspiring Australia seeks to create greater community awareness about the relevance of science to everyday life. We create opportunities for people everywhere to find out what scientists do and why it matters so there will be more understanding about why investment in science is important for Australia to sustain a vibrant and innovative research culture.

As part of this national strategy our mission is to:

  • Strengthen science communication networks in Tasmania
  • Support initiatives that are engaging, transformative and locally relevant across the community, business and government sectors
  • Motivate and inspire Australians from all walks of life to get involved with science and science-related issues
  • Inspire young people to consider pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and maths

Inspiring Australia – Tasmania

In Tasmania, the IA strategy includes a number of programs and activities:

  • National Science Week Tasmania
  • Festival of Bright Ideas
  • Inspiring Tasmania Community Outreach Program
  • Grants for public events
  • Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards
  • Science Meets Parliament


In Tasmania, Inspiring Australia is overseen by the Tasmanian Inspiring Australia Management Committee.

Members include:

  • Andy Baird, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Prof. Denzil Miller, Tasmanian Department of State Growth
  • Jeannie Marie Leroi, College of Sciences and Engineering, University of Tasmania
  • Leanne Arnott, Division of the Provost, University of Tasmania

The Inspiring Australia Manager in Tasmania is Sarah Bayne.


Sarah Bayne
Inspiring Australia Manager
+61 3 6226 6716