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Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival
Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival 'EVFest' is all about thinking of sustainable transport in fun and innovative ways that support the development of electric vehicle industries in the region

We initiated the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival (HVEVF) in 2011 with a view to enhancing interest in clean energy transport in the region. The two major foci of the festival are
• To encourage and attract more school students into careers in science and engineering
• And to stimulate clean energy manufacturing in the region. Electric vehicles are part of the cleantech revolution and so also provide a basis to engage audiences with discussions on environmental and energy security issues and well as social aspects of change
The strategic task of EV Fest is to engage the community in new and innovative futures for transport, promote regional innovation and industry development, as well as providing a fun and hands on platform for building capability and career directions for regional youth.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival (HVEVF) is aimed at encouraging and attracting more school students into careers in science and engineering, through involvement in construction of competition electric vehicles. The electric vehicle racing platform is novel and ideal for science engagement. It allows us to access new audiences through family, community and online social networks in a fun format that places science literacy in an immediate and positive context. The electric vehicle platform is a fun basis to explore physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics as well as emerging sciences such as nanotechnology, which is the basis for all recent improvements in battery technology

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
To become a partner in this dynamic umbrella organisation made up of like minded individuals

Suite 3D1, 45 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
+61418205664  0422418488;
 Contact: Tim Roberts & Ashlee Kelly

National Statistics Poster Competition
National Schools Poster Competition

In this increasingly data rich world, the project-based learning activity engages Years 3-12 school students to assist their understanding of statistics, the role it plays, the careers it offers, its demonstrable value across all disciplines and accessibility as a pursuit.

The project-based learning activity is a fun project-based learning activity which encourages primary and secondary school students in teams to develop, implement and creatively report upon (in poster format) an investigation on any topic of interest to them. Collaborate – Investigate – Create!

How does your organisation link with STEM
Through the cross-disciplinary practice of Statistics.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

Callaghan, 2308
+61 2 49 21 5518
Peter Howley

SSA National Schools Poster CompetitionSSA National Statistics Poster Competition

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Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

HMRI is a medical research institute delivering health and medical research solutions to improve the health of communities throughout the world.

One person, one family, one community at a time, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) fights the illnesses affecting lives throughout the world. Our translational research model aligns over 1500 researchers, students and support staff from Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle, inspiring new discoveries to deliver a healthier future.

How does your organisation link with STEM
As the regions major medical research institute, HMRI is committed to providing STEM focused initiatives for the community to engage with. From our Public Seminars, Open Days, School STEM Sessions or Laboratory Tours, HMRI values and contributes to STEM education and careers.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
HMRI partners with the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community to facilitate active involvement in research by the community. We are passionate about engaging the community with STEM activities and medical research. We joined HISH to collaborate and grow the STEM initiatives in Newcastle and the Hunter.

New Lambton Heights 2305
4042 0000 


CLEANaS is the Clean Energy Association of Newcastle and Surrounds.

CLEANaS aims to drive the uptake of renewable energy generation technologies in Newcastle and surrounds. We aim to do this through developing projects to provide opportunities for community funded renewable energy installations and by running events and initiatives to educate members and the public about the opportunities that exist in participating in clean energy.

How does your organisation link with STEM

Community Energy educates people on renewable energy and energy efficiency through participation and education. CLEANaS helps to bring an understanding of these technologies and their associated economics through presentations and involvement of the public in community energy projects.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

CLEANaS has been involved with a number of HISH events over the past few years. The membership will cement that relationship.

Newcastle, 2300
0434 189 454
Alec Roberts

Sleap Business Consultants

A consultancy that aims to connect Education and Industry to ignite curiosity and passion for STEM among our school students, and help build our future STEM workforce.

Sleap Business Consultants, a leading STEM-focused firm, offers top-tier project and event management solutions to excel in Defence, Space, Cybersecurity, AgriTech, MedTech, and Advanced Manufacturing.


Corethics is an independent all-volunteer charity established to create sustainable and thriving communities in the developing world.

Corethics was founded by Melissa McCabe in 2017 as a result of a research inquiry into the impacts of mass tourism in Bali, Lombok, and Sumbawa. As a result, Bali became the focal point being identified as at crisis point.

Corethics Bali, Indonesia program involves two projects: Water 4 Bali (water depletion) and Waste 4 Wealth (toxic water pollution). Our projects are community- led, ethical, improve social and environmental outcomes, and bring affordable and effective innovation to those who need it most.

Our vision is a world where innovation is available to all regardless of income, education, and local infrastructure. Unshackling poverty through access.

Four guiding principles underpin Corethics S.E.E.E – Sustainability, Empowerment, Equity, and Ethics.

A small Australian charity tackling major global issues. Corethics tackles UNSDGs 6, 12 and 17 and is a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism.

How does your organisation link with STEM

We undertake WASH programs in Indonesia. Our organisation takes an evidence based approach to our solutions relying heavily on the discoveries in STEM .We are not afraid of testing innovative ideas to overcome old issues.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

To work together with likeminded organisations and groups in our region to empower our community to overcome social and environmental issues through the sciences now and into the future.

18 Regent Street, New Lambton, NSW 2305
Melissa McCabe

Science in Public
Science in Public

We help organisations and scientists simplify and amplify their research. We are a team of science writers, science publicists, science communicators, and science editors.

We help organisations and scientists simplify and amplify their research.
We are a team of science writers, science publicists, science communicators, and science editors.
We help our clients communicate complex ideas simply to the public, media, government, and industry.
We work on all platforms from social media, to media, pitches, publications, events and conferences. And we provide media and communication training for researchers.

How does your organisation link with STEM

We work for researchers and organisations that have a scientific or evidence-based message to communicate.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

We have a staff member who lives and works from Newcastle, and we would like to connect with researchers organisations and the public about our work and events.

Newcastle NSW 2300
Laura Boland

Newcastle Museum
Newcastle Museum

The Newcastle Museum is committed to being a place for people, a place that shows ideas, tells stories, is a place of interaction. It reflects the past and celebrates innovation.

Newcastle Museum is fun, accessible, light and full of story. The museum tells a story of Newcastle and the Hunter, and through the collection presents a narrative of how we’ve lived and live today. The Supernova and Mininova exhibitions create an interactive scientific and technological learning playground, loaded with excitement and surprise.  The travelling exhibitions present a wider narrative – of ideas, stories and futures.

How does your organisation link with STEM

Newcastle Museum links to STEM through its permanent Galleries – notably the interactive science-based Supernova, as well as historical STEM objects and stories throughout the rest of the Museum.

We host travelling exhibitions from other institutions that are STEM related, such as dinosaurs, oceans, bush mechanics, colour.

We also offer Museum Express – science shows that go out to schools across the Hunter region, as well as STEM education programmes/workshops/events for preschool, primary, aged care and people with special needs.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

Newcastle Museum is a founding member of HISH.

Newcastle,  2300
02 4974 1422
Catherine King

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers that showcases a wide variety of native and other plant communities in a 133-hectare bushland setting at Heatherbrae.

Located just off the Pacific Highway at Heatherbrae, HRBG maintains an extensive living collection of mostly Australian native plants including acacias, banksias, proteas, grevilleas, ferns, bush tucker plants, succulents and palms. Our herbarium conserves over 10,000 individual native plant species (mostly from the Hunter region) that acts as a valuable botanical resource. To welcome visitors, the Gardens has a Visitors Centre, indoor and outdoor cafe, gift shop, art gallery, reference library and picnic areas. Walks and excursions are regularly organised and there is a program of special events including Children’s Discovery Day.

How does your organisation link with STEM
HRBG acts as a botanical resource and education centre dedicated to the preservation of Australian native flora.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
Both HISH and HRBG share complementary goals: the celebration and sharing of science-related knowledge with the general community.

2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae NSW 2324
02 49871655 OR 02 49871440
 Contact: Jennifer Mason

Geological Survey of New South Wales

The Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) is part of the NSW Department of Industry and is the oldest agency in NSW Government, being continuously active since 1875.

GSNSW collects and manages geological, geophysical, geochemical and geospatial data to inform government, the resource industry and community about the state’s geology, and mineral, coal, petroleum and renewable energy resources. It also promotes the safe and sustainable development of mineral and energy resources for the benefit of all NSW citizens.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The GSNSW plays a key role in the development of the NSW economy, creating a foundation for resource discovery by providing high quality geoscience information and research, as well as attracting new investment in the states mining and exploration industry. Geoscience and technology (including mapping, geophysics and other remote sensing, geochemical analysis and processing, 3D modelling, palaeontology) are the basis of our work.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
To engage with other local science organisations and look for opportunities to collaborate on public events and cross-promote our work. Also to learn about promotion and marketing.

 Maitland, NSW 2320
 Contact: Simone Meakin

Lake Mac City Council
Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Mac City Council celebrates and promotes creativity, innovation and uniqueness through engaging events, festivals, exhibitions and programs for our community and visitors to our city. We actively encourage creative learning and experiences and recognise the importance of STEAM education and its ability to address common issues on a local and global scale.

How does your organisation link with STEM

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) takes centre stage during National Science Week 13-21 August 2022. Lake Mac STEAM is a week-long program of inspiring learning experiences that are centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Maths.

We also run a variety of STEAM activities and workshops in our libraries, our performing arts venues and art museum throughout the year.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

Through HISH there are opportunities to cross-promote and collaborate on public events and work with other like-minded organisations, to improve and enhance the range and number of STEAM activities we are able to provide to our community.

Speers Point, 2284

Lake Mac STEAM

Lake Mac Libraries
  Kirrily Anderson

Maitland Regional Museum
Maitland Regional Museum

Maitland Regional Museum aims to be an innovative centre in the Maitland region offering experimental and static exhibitions with activities across natural and human history, science and creative arts.

Maitland Regional Museum (MRM) operates out of Brough House, 73 Church St, Maitland, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 am -4.00 pm. The Museum hosts displays and exhibitions, which celebrate Maitland’s rich history.
MRM also has an active STEM programme, aiming to bring science related activities and education to our younger members and families. The museum hosts school holiday science workshops, science displays and is an active participant in National Science Week.

How does your organisation link with STEM

MRM has an active STEM arm and programmes aimed at young Maitlanders.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

To become part of an umbrella group to enable the sharing of resources and publicity.

Maitland NSW 2320
02 49334450
Janece McDonald

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Hunter π in the Sci

Increase the profile and understanding of science and technology in the local community.

The group was formed to encourage a greater understanding of science and technology by discussing science issues with experts in the field. Our members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of month in East Maitland Library at Green Hills between 4.30-6.30pm. The membership, about 50 people, has a diverse background generally with little specialist scientific knowledge. All meetings are open for the public and normally about 25 people attend. Topics which have been discussed range from gravitational waves, neuroplasticity, nuclear radiation to mathematics. The group also undertakes site visits to scientific facilities. The group have committed to provide an annual education scholarship to a local student interested in STEM subjects and career in science and technology which is to be funded by members’ door fee donation.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The group was formed to develop a greater community awareness of the role of science and STEM subjects in creating the future. All meetings are focussed on these issues and the group intends to support STEM education through an educational scholarship.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
HISH membership provides communication with the scientific and technological community and gives access to Hunter science events.

East Maitland, 2323
 Contact: David Atkinson

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University of Newcastle, College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Spread across the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), we are global leaders uncovering new knowledge, creating revolutionary technology, and delivering innovative teaching.

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors.

The Science and Engineering Challenge provides meaningful, hands-on experiences designed to challenge school students to make a difference in the world by choosing a career in Science and Engineering. We address the take up of science and mathematics in senior high school at its foundations by making science and engineering fun… and competitive! The Science and Engineering Challenge has three main segments; Challenge Days for high schools, Discovery Days for primary schools and the SMART Program for preschool to junior high schools. During Challenge and Discovery Days students compete against other schools in fun and engaging hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology. Typically 8 schools (256 students) compete in a day. School teams are divided into eight groups that compete in one or two activities. The SMART Program runs in-school science shows and workshops as well as holiday workshops and events for students. The program has offerings for students from preschool to junior high school which are interactive and educational. Increasingly popular are SMART’s computer science holiday workshops which run in the NSW school holidays. Professional Development for teachers is also available.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The Science and Engineering Challenge understand the growing need for STEM-skilled Australians. Through our various programs we encourage students to pursue an interest in STEM and make a difference in the world by choosing a career in Science and Engineering.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
The Hunter Innovation and Science Hub is a valuable organisation which allows collaborations between local STEM industry, research and education providers to better engagement the community.

 Contact: Michael Cassey

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ME Program

ME Program equips students with the skills and expertise that will prepare them for 21st Century careers

The ME Program is Regional Development Australia Hunters, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused, skills and workforce development program. It links industry with schools in order to make curriculum more interesting and workplace-relevant and provides industry with qualified, motivated and career aware candidates.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The ME Program has been recognised in the National Science and Innovation Agenda as an exemplar for Regional Australia in STEM. Linking industry needs with schools and tertiary institutions to increase STEM participation in the region.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
The HISH is a great organisation for foresting cooperation and sharing of ideas related to the STEM agenda. The ME Program is one of the major STEM programs based out of the Hunter Region and collaboration is part of our DNA.

Hamilton, 2303
Rick Evans

School of Earth Australia

School of Earth Australia provides science programs and resources for children 7 - 15.

Growth on an individual and global scale is fueled by a love for learning. School of Earth was created to help children better understand the world around them, seeing life is an exciting journey full of endless possibilities.

School of Earth’s programs and resources educate and empower students, of all ages, to learn about Earth and create action for sustainability – now and into the future.

How does your organisation link with STEM

We are a small family-owned organisation. We create innovative, relatable and engaging programs that educate children on the natural world and empower them to make a positive impact.

We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to advancing children’s scientific understanding and developing their scientific inquiry skills. We encourage critical thinking and create a safe and nurturing environment for creative thinking to blossom. We inspire global thinking, helping children to live sustainably on an individual, local and global scale. We proudly support the United Nations Global Goals.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
Both School of Earth and HISH help promote science-related knowledge within the local community through programs and events.

Eleebana, 2282
Hollie Newman

Kahibah Public School
Kahibah Public School

We are involved in the teaching of STEM to students K-6, encouraging more girls in the field of STEM, and the promotion of STEM across the broader community

STEM learning experiences involve explicit learning and teaching of syllabus content which is applied in project, problem or inquiry-based learning situations that are authentic and contextual.

How does your organisation link with STEM

This is the 3rd year that I have been the STEM Teacher for 14 classes across K-6 at Kahibah Public School. I have a degree in Complimentary Medicine, Primary Teaching and have also worked as a Portfolio Analyst in the finance industry.
My passion for encouraging more girls in the field of STEM goes back to my high school and university days enjoying studies across all the areas as well as mentoring participants in the Robogals competitions. My lessons cater for all students with hands on, engaging lessons within real world contexts. My assessment procedures also allow for students to show their knowledge in many diverse ways – promoting confidence in their ability to demonstrate understanding of concepts. I have fostered students to be critical and creative thinkers and over this time exposed them to learning opportunities in the areas of AR, 3D design and printing, computational thinking and programming skills through resources including iExplore, AstroReality, Lego EV3 robotics, ozobots, edison robots, Minecraft Edu, Tinkercad, Tynker and Scratch.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

I would like to get more involved in the promotion of STEM across the broader community. Through being a member of HISH, I can help improve the passion in this area amongst our future innovators.

Kahibah, 2289
Jaimie Cook

St Phillips
St Philips Christian College Waratah

Educational facility delivering a variety of STEM initiatives and programs across the college.

SPCC has been involved for a number of years in the STEM initiative, the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival competing in both in the EV prize and Mini EV Prize competitions.

How does your organisation link with STEM

As part of the Junior School facilities built in 1997, our new K-6 STEM centre takes pride of place. Whether it be coding Lego robots, printing CAD designed products on our 3D printers or racing scaled student-built racing cars down our timed race track, a world of amazing learning opportunities awaits. STEM specifically targets hands-on practical learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

SPCC has been involved for a number of years in the STEM initiative the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival competing in both in the EV prize and Mini EV Prize competitions run by HISH and the University of Newcastle.

Waratah, 2298
02 49606600
Leonie Lee

Office of Other Spaces
Office of Other Spaces

Bringing Landscape Architecture thinking & services across scales.

Bringing Landscape Architecture thinking & services across scales. From the Moon, to Earth Observations, to city design & ‘place’.

How does your organisation link with STEM

By utilising environmental analytics from satellite in near real-time we can under pin city planning decisions with data. Fusing STEM & the built environment towards benefiting natural systems.

Fitzroy, 3065
Thomas Gooch

Newy with Kids
Newy with Kids

Newy with Kids is an online family guide for the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region.

Newy with Kids is the go-to family guide for the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region. Parents visit the Newy with Kids website to find things to do with kids of all ages. Whether it’s local attractions, upcoming events, family day out excursions or at-home family fun, Newy with Kids is the best website for local parents to find local kid-friendly activities and information 24/7.

How does your organisation link with STEM

Promotion of STEM activities and events to Newcastle & Hunter families.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

To support STEM in the Newcastle & Hunter region.

Newcastle, 2300
Reena Bilen

Dynamic Duo Productions
Dynamic Duo Productions

Dynamic Duo Productions is a support group for primary and secondary teachers implementing STEAM and digital technology skills that are embedded in all curriculum areas.

How does your organisation link with STEM

We started this journey with fellow educators in 2019, to deliver regular educator events to build community and encourage projects, pilots and peers with the digital educators and edtech community with the aim of getting more robotics and the maker mindset into classrooms.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

I would love to present some hybrid community, educator and student events as part of a Week of Robot and AI to be followed up by a webquest for libraries or educators.

Croydon,  2132
Russell Cairns

Children's University
Children's University Australasia (Newcastle)

Children's University Australasia is a broader than curriculum program that encourages a love of learning through fostering curiosity and linking families with knowledge holders in their local, regional and national communities.

Children’s University Australasia (CUA) is an innovative program that engages children and young people in beyond school learning, increases educational attainment and achievement, and encourages and rewards participants for taking responsibility for their own learning. Originating in the United Kingdom, CUA works with community and cultural institutions, supports the development of school based clubs and activities, and provides many opportunities to engage parents and communities particularly in the education of young people. Children can become involved between the ages of 5 and 14 years through clubs, activities and community learning.

How does your organisation link with STEM

Children’s University Australasia (Newcastle) has a STEM/STEAM Coordinator to facilitate the awareness of, and engagement with, STEM/STEAM events and opportunities for communities from Taree to the Central Coast. The CUA Newcastle team shares STEM events, activities and opportunities from various groups across our social media and web portal platforms to link our families and communities with new and diverse learning to support and encourage interest in STEM/STEAM.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

The CUA Newcastle team became a member of HISH to see what is on offer in the Hunter Region for communities and schools, and to be able to share knowledge, content and events across the CU footprint to make STEM knowledge accessible, fun and engaging.

Callaghan, 2308
Larissa Johnston

John O'Conner
Emeritus Professor John O'Connor

Emeritus Professor John O'Connor, College of Engineering, Science and Environment

A passion for science outreach and communication led to John’s work in helping set up Newcastle’s Supernova Hands-on Science Centre with Professor Tim Roberts in the late 1970s, an early involvement in the establishment of Canberra’s Questacon, setting up the SMART program and establishing the Science and Engineering Challenge, a national outreach initiative that won the Sir William Hudson award for Outstanding Engineering Excellence in 2003.

Sharing his passion for science has led to regular radio appearances, and, excitingly, an appearance on stage with author Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy for Science in the Pub – bringing the wonders of science to the public.  John presents a regular science segment on radio 2NURFM  (To listen, open this link and scroll down to John’s page and then scroll through the video playlist to find the film you are interested in)

Newcastle, 2300
John O’Conner

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Dr Scott Sleap

Winston Churchill Fellow, Commonwealth Bank Teaching Fellow and Prime Minster's Prize for Science Winner.

Dr Sleap is one of Australia’s most awarded educators for his pioneering work in STEM. In 2022 he received a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship. In 2021 he was a recipient of a University of Newcastle Alumni national leadership award and was the first technology educator to ever win a Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence for Secondary Science Teaching. In 2020 he was also conferred with a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Sleap has many interests in the space industry and is currently part of advisory committees for both the NSW Government and the Australian Space Agency. He has contributed to numerous space strategies including the Agency’s soon to be released National Space Plan. He jointly developed National Space Workforce initiative with the UNSW Canberra Space and the NSW Space Research Network.

He is currently working with a wide range of space industry groups in Australia and in the US. He was part of the local organising committee for the 2020 International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) conference and assisted in the successful bid for the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) to be held in Sydney in 2025.

Formally the Director of a highly awarded Defence funded workforce development program, in this capacity Dr Sleap led an initiative that was identified by the OECD as world’s best-practice. He was also part of a group that received a global chairman’s award from BAE System’s for his work in workforce development for the Aerospace industry.

He helped establish the first Aerospace Systems Engineering degree at the University of Newcastle and established aeroskills and engineering certificate courses to support the F-35 sustainment program.

Currently Dr Sleap is employed by the NSW Department of Education as the leader of the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program. Dr Sleap has developed ground-breaking STEM curriculum courses and his programs have been utilised by over 100,000 students. In 2021 Dr Sleap helped establish the Australian Virtual STEM Academy.

He is currently a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the College of Engineering, Science and Environment at the University of Newcastle, where he had previously completed his Education degree in 1996, and was conferred with first degree honours.

Dr Sleap completed his PhD in Engineering in 2016 at the University of Newcastle, after receiving a research scholarship. As part of his post graduate studies he co-authored numerous academic papers with the late Laureate Professor Scott Sloan, a fellow of the Royal Society of Science.

Duns Creek NSW 2321
Dr Scott Sleap

GVS Reliability Products
GVS Reliability Products

GVS provide precision maintenance tooling and instrumentation for the purpose of asset reliability and longevity.


How does your organisation link with STEM

We are always excited by new technology that can improve asset longevity, reduce waste, better the ‘reliability’ of the planet and ultimately; improve the human experience.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

We were invited by Tony McKrell and Tim Roberts to join.

1/10 Seasands drive Redhead, NSW, 2290
Tim King

Sami Bayly
Sami Bayly Art

Natural History Illustrator and Author.

Sami Bayly is a natural history illustrator based in Newcastle, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others.
After recently completing her University degree, she has just released her first children’s book, “The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals” which celebrates the beauty in ugliness.

Newcastle, 2300
Sami Bayly

Tim Roberts
Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts AM

Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle

Tim has had a lifelong commitment and passion for science and science communication.
Member of the Order of Australia from January 2022
Patron Hunter Region Botanic Gardens from February 2022
Founding Director of InnovAAte Pty Ltd, a spinoff biotechnology company based on patented ground-breaking research at the University of Newcastle. In 2014, Hugh Dunstan, Tim Roberts and Margaret Macdonald had a significant breakthrough when they were able to quantify the potential losses of amino acids quantities in the sweat of athletes. The following four years of research continued focusing on understanding the nature of amino acid losses in sweat from humans and horses, and opened up a completely new understanding of protein turnover and amino acid metabolism in humans and horses. This ground-breaking research is the underlying foundation of InnovAAte’s next generation of Amino Acid Biotechnology products. With a far greater understanding of these important aspects of human biology, InnovAAte products are set to assist many people, no matter where they are in their life journey.
Originally from South Australia, he has traveled extensively since completing his B Sc at the University of Adelaide and his PhD at Flinders University, coming to the University of Newcastle in 1974 and moving to Singapore in July 2006 to set up the University of Newcastle campus in Singapore. Tim Roberts was Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at the University of Newcastle from 2010 until 2018. He continues to be active in research in the laboratory of his long-time collaborator Associate Professor Hugh Dunstan at the University of Newcastle. He has published some 150 papers.
Tim Roberts is an acknowledged expert in the area of chronic pain and fatigue and autism. His group has made significant progress leading to the understanding that these conditions have a common underlying biochemical pathology which relates to the metabolism of the sufferer being in a chronic catabolic state. These findings have reoriented the field to now focus on chronic infection as the primary underlying cause of chronic pain and fatigue; this chronic catabolic state being the host response to this chronic infection. In a study of free-ranging dogs associated with an outback community in the Northern Territory, his group has found this first incidence of Ehrlichia infection (Anaplasma platys) in Australia. .
STEM to the Community: Supernova hands-on-science centre at the Newcastle Museum was inititated by Tim in 1982 and continues to attract and enthrall to this day.
Tim Roberts has been President of HISH since 2018. HISH unites Hunter Region organisations to collaboratively deliver world-leading events, activities and competitions engaging school students and the community with Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) throughout the year. Our vision is to grow an inquisitive and future-enabled Hunter community. HISH is a registered charity and welcomes industry support & partnership. Our website provides a one-stop-shop for STEAM events, competitions and resources within the Hunter.
In 2023, thanks to a $325,000 Commonwealth Government Department of Education “Emerging Priorities Program” grant, HISH will deliver a free online national initiative available to ALL primary and secondary school educators and students in Australia, Focussed on Statistics, Sustainability, Systems thinking and STEM
Also in 2023 HISH will deliver the Fire-Ed Up program with funding of $200,000 as part of the Bushfire STEM in Schools Program funded by the NSW Government through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer within the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade. The Fire-Ed Up program offers an engaging and relevant platform for students to focus on developing computational thinking skills and knowledge about digital systems principles. Focusing on the pressing, real-world challenges of bushfires in NSW, students are given the opportunity to delve into the application of digital technologies in areas such as fire detection, prediction, management, and rehabilitation, as well as understand the important role of Indigenous ecological wisdom in bushfire management. In line with the NSW Technology Mandatory syllabus, Fire-Ed Up program inspires students to employ digital technologies for pioneering solutions to bushfire-related problems. This initiative not only bolsters their technical skills, but also cultivates critical thinking and awareness of technology’s role in building resilient, safe communities.
Since 2018 Tim regularly leads New Colombo Plan student excursions to Indonesian Borneo and Sulawesi.

How does your organisation link with STEM
Through an individual life-long involvement in science and science communication

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
Member since 2014

Suite 3D2, 45 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
 Contact: Tim Roberts

SustainInnovation Challenge
Sustainnovation Challenge


The Sustainnovation Challenge program creates an environment for community stakeholders, local government, business and industry to interact with their local secondary students, empowering them to unleash their imagination on the problems and opportunities that we see and have in our local communities.

Warners Bay, 2822
Duncan Burck

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Newcastle Climate Change Response

NCCR is a group of friendly passionate locals from all walks of life committed to the declaration Climate Change: Not on Our Watch.

NCCR is a group of friendly, passionate locals from all walks of life committed to the declaration Climate Change: Not on Our Watch. Through connecting with and growing diverse communities and providing a first place for concerned individuals to come, bound by principles of nonviolence, inclusion and relationality its purpose is to bring together anyone who wants to co-create the powerful and effective nationwide response necessary to keep the world within safe levels of warming for generations to come.

NCCR is a ground-breaking interdisciplinary phenomenon that arose from Newcastle Law School’s Narratives of Climate Change Conference in 2018.
NCCR is possibly different from what you might expect in a “local action group” – We are all about organic collective action as chosen by each of us, and empowering ourselves and everyone we know who is determined to stop climate change to do just that! Second, while we know that local and personal action is essential so that we can know we are doing our own individual part, our focus and context is intentionally and firmly global: Australia needs to be part of global action on this issue.

NCCR is currently involved in the development of an ambitious emission reduction plan for the City of Newcastle Local Government Area through a participatory process that engages the community, industry and government. This project will create a detailed plan and city-wide commitment to rapidly reduce carbon emissions.

How does your organisation link with STEM

The climate emergency has brought to the fore STEM subjects for students and is engaging a wide range of students in science as they become increasingly aware of climate related issues and ask the world to listen to Greta Thunberg and to “unite behind the science”.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH

NCCR is keen to be involved with HISH to help spread the word on the climate emergency and what we as individuals can do tackle this tricky problem.

Tighes Hill, 2297
Kath Teagle

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ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology

National Centre of Excellence

We are Australia’s leading research organisation in synthetic biology with nine participating universities around Australia, including an research node at the University of Newcastle. We have an active STEM outreach program.

How does your organisation link with STEM

Our disciplines are microbiology, synthetic bilology and engineering. Our goal is to take us beyond what any single, existing microbe on earth can do. We design and build microbes that aim to turn agricultural and municipal waste into a vast array of sustainable products.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

We particpated in the Newcastle Museum event during National Science Week 2023

Level 3 6 Wallys Walk Macquarie University Sydney, NSW 2109
Mary O’Malley

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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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