Posted by GBeauchamp on Mar 08, 2019


Calling All Year 11 Science Students -

Applications for the 2020 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) now open. 

Are you considering  a career in science, engineering or those careers associated with STEM subjects,

Then this is an opportunity you should not miss !   

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science.
NYSF programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in science, technology and engineering fields.
The NYSF flagship program is the NYSF Year 12 Program, which is a 12 day residential program  run in January each year now at The Australian National University , Canberra and the University of Queensland,Brisbane  for students about to enter year 12,
Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 21 local Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF.  Every year Rotarians continue to support the Year 12 Program through promoting the opportunity in local communities, managing applications and selections of students, and assisting with funding or fund-raising for student fees to attend the Year 12 Program. Rotarians also volunteer during the Year 12 Program in January. We estimate that Rotarians nationwide contribute more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the NYSF every year. 
Each year the Rotary Club of Engadine provides a sponsorship opportunity for a year 11 student attending our local High Schools. 


Since 1984, more than 11,500 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program (including those run under the organisation’s previous banner, the National Science Summer School (NSSS)).

In 2020, there will be three separate sessions running for the NYSF Year 12 Program with the following locations and dates. Each session has places for up to 200 students. Successfully selected students are not necessarily allocated a session in their home state.

Session A:  Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 January – CANBERRA -Australian National University (ANU) 
Session B:  Wednesday 8 to Sunday 19 January – BRISBANE - University of Queensland  
Session C:  Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 January – CANBERRA- ANU 


Its not all hard work, NYSF Year 12 Program  participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.
Applications are open from 1 March to 31 May each year. Note Applications close on 31st May 
Applicants should be aware that as NYSF is very competitive they will be required to go through a selection process at the District level 
For further details about the program and how to apply, go to  Please carefully read the instruction regarding the application and sponsorship. 
Contact our Youth Services Chairman Peter Sheehy by email to Indicate your intention to apply and further information regarding sponsorship and endorsement  . The Rotary Endorsement form can be obtained at  
Don't delay apply now