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The Hunter Innovation and Science Hub was created through Inspiring Australia’s Regional Science Hubs Initiative in 2014.

HISH continues to annually provide opportunities for the Hunter Region, State and National communities to engage in inspirational and accessible learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths (STEAM).

HISH unites organisations in the Hunter Region and beyond to collaboratively deliver world-leading events, activities and competitions engaging school students and the community with Science and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) throughout the year.

The Executive Committee is comprised of international and national award winning academics, educators and practitioners: Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts AM, Professor Peter Howley, Dr Alex Callen, Mr Mike CollinsMr Alec Roberts, Ms Laura Boland


The inaugural Hunter Science Festival was held at Newcastle Museum in August 2014 during National Science Week. The day-long event attracted and enthused audiences of all ages from the community.

The Festival expanded in 2015, with interactive stalls and exhibitions showcasing all aspects of STEAM, attracting over 1000 people from a broad cross section of the community.

Through sponsors such as Port Waratah Coal Services in 2016 and annual collaboration with Inspiring Australia, HISH has grown to engage over 40 HISH member organisations from across the Hunter Region and deliver free events, activities and competitions throughout the year, as well as the premier Hunter Science Festival event on the Sunday of National Science Week, attracting and inspiring thousands of Hunter Region community members and visitors.

Together we are ensuring that there are valuable and accessible STEAM activities, events and information available to the Hunter and wider communities.

About Inspiring Australia

Inspiring Australia is the national strategy for community engagement with science, technology and innovation. Part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda in partnership with State and Territory governments, its national and regional programs build collaboration and promote public participation in a wide range of science, technology and innovation initiatives.

Inspiring Australia seeks to attract national and international interest and take the science and innovation agenda into new arenas, promoting the relevance of science and technology to everyday life in interesting and entertaining ways.

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The NSW Regional Science Hub initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government

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A network of initiatives enhancing community engagement with S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in the Hunter.



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