Be inspired by talks from world-renowned scientists, go on tours of cutting-edge research facilities, and take part in mind-expanding hands-on workshops and activities.
Are you currently in Year 11 or 12 and love science?
If so, you’ve got to apply for our free virtual Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) program to be held online in July 2022.
Our completely digital program is designed to excite your enthusiasm, ignite your interest and cultivate your curiosity for science.
Each day during ISS Online, you'll be inspired by talks from world-renowned scientists, go on virtual tours of cutting-edge research facilities, and take part in mind-expanding hands-on workshops and activities — all without leaving home!
ISS Online 2022 is open to talented Year 11 and 12 science students in Australia and partner countries overseas and will run during the New South Wales school holidays during July (exact dates will be announced soon).
ISS Online 2022 is free for students due to being entirely funded by the Physics Foundation at the University of Sydney, through funding from the NSW DET, the Australian Federal Government, Mulpha Australia, and our many generous private and industry donors.
Applications open in January so make sure to register your interest so we can remind you to apply in the new year!
The ISS Online program is fully web-based, so you will need:
We want everyone who earns a place at ISS Online 2022 to take part so if you encounter difficulties with any of the computing and IT requirements, please let us know and also discuss with both your school and others in your local community.
By working together, we can try to find a solution.
Around 120 students from across Australia will be invited to take part in ISS Online 2022.
We have selection panels in each state and territory to assist in the selection of students, based on the following criteria:
Our selection panels will make selections based on the above criteria, as well as aiming for a balance of participants based on gender, location, school system and relative opportunity.
All selections are final and at the discretion of the University of Sydney and organisers of the ISS Online program.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under-represented in science and engineering in Australia which is why the ISS aims to bring talented, enthusiastic Indigenous Australian students together with like-minded scholars from across Australia and around the globe.
The ISS Indigenous Australian Scholars Program reserves five scholarships to attend ISS Online for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Applicants are selected against the same criteria of interest in science and academic achievement, and their applications are included in the general selection process.
If unsuccessful in that round, they may be eligible for one of the five reserved Indigenous Scholar places.
If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships, you will need to upload some evidence of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background when you apply.
This can be any one of the following:
More details of the Indigenous Scholars Program will be available when the applications open in January.
Details for the ISS Online week are still being developed, but it will include: