About the NYSF
It is now 30 years since the National Science Summer School Inc. began operations with Rotary in Australia as the founding partner. Now trading as the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), this national not-for-profit organisation enjoys high-level support with the Chief Scientist of Australia as its Science Patron.
The NYSF aims to nurture and encourage young Australians to be the next generation of leading scientists and engineers supporting a sustainable future for our nation.
The NYSF offers a growing suite of programs across Australia to develop the exposure of Year 12 science students to study, research and future employment opportunities. The NYSF is proudly in partnership with the Australian governments, major industry, national research institutes and universities.
The NYSF helps students moving into Year 12, who wish to follow careers in science, engineering and technology by introducing them to research and researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings, and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. It also fosters discussion of, and interest in major national and global issues and emphasises the importance of maintaining continuing active interests in sport, arts and music.
The NYSF’s mission is to provide community minded and science focused young Australians an opportunity for network development and insight into skills, careers and a lifetime of achievement in science, engineering and technology.
The flagship event of the NYSF is the January Forum. Until recently this event had been held exclusively in Canberra and hosted by The Australian National University. In 2010 the NYSF introduced a third session, in Perth, co-hosted by the Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.
One of the most important aspects coming from the NYSF is a network of friends, colleagues and support groups throughout Australia, which will be of value to participants for the whole of their lives.
The NYSF continues after January with a series of Next Step Programs in Australia’s capital cities and afterwards as a network of people with common aims.