National Youth Science Forum – NYSF 
This Forum is held over a two week period in Canberra and Brisbane during January and provides Year 11 students with the opportunity to test-drive careers in science, engineering and related disciplines. NYSF is designed to engender a greater knowledge and passion for sciences as well as improving each student’s personal development, their perception, communication and organisational skills and provides valuable contacts, friendships and mentors. NYSF is open to applicants about to enter the final year of secondary education who are well rounded, community - minded students with a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It is an inclusive program that offers opportunities for participants who are diverse and come from a range of backgrounds.   

Chairman: Stephen Fisher
Committee: Ron Brooks, Nicole Osner, Pat Armstrong 

National Youth Science Forum 2021 
Rotary clubs and schools should receive material from the NYSF office in Canberra, during February for the NYSF 2021 program.
Students are able to lodge an Expression of Interest on-line from 1 March 2020. 
It should be noted that there is a non-refundable application fee of $60, payable by the student when they register on the NYSF web site. The closing date for students to register on-line is 31 May 2020, so clubs are encouraged to check with their local secondary schools that the school has the material and is actively encouraging their leading science students to apply. Clubs should liaise with the school to have suitable year 11 science students apply to their club so that Club nominations are well and truly finalised by 30 June 2020. Clubs are requested to not finalise their selections before 31 May 2020. This is so all students have a reasonable chance of engaging with a Club before the cut off date. 

It must be noted that a student cannot attend the NYSF unless they have been nominated by a Rotary Club. 
Clubs should discuss the financial arrangements with the students and their parents/guardians.  To quote from the NYSF website: “A Rotary Club is not obliged to financially assist a student it endorses to attend the NYSF. However, many clubs are able to make a contribution toward the program fee. Students and their families should discuss this with their endorsing Rotary Club during the selection process so that all parties understand what is expected should a student be selected to attend the Program.“ 
It should be noted that students can also apply for funding assistance thru the NYSF Equity Scholarship Fund as well as to the Australian Government (further information is available at ). The program fee is $3150 in 2021, the same as it was in 2020. 

If a club has received an application from a student and the club is not willing to entertain supporting or nominating the student, please let the student know as soon as possible and direct them to another club in your Cluster. 

For 2021, District 9810 is anticipating an allocation of around 25 places in the 2021 programs. 

Clubs should note that the number of places the District is allocated is based on the number of students that apply so it is important to encourage the schools in your communities to get their students to nominate. The important dates for this year are as follows: 

1 March 2020 – Expressions of Interest open online at  
31 May 2020 – Closing date for applications by students to register online 
1 July 2020 – Closing date for Club Nominations of students for District Interview 
25 July 2020 – District Interviews held St Patrick's Primary School, Mentone 
5 September - District Orientation held at CSL, Parkville
4-13 January 2021 – NYSF - Session A held in Canberra 
11-20 January 2021 – NYSF - Session B held in Brisbane 
18-27 January 2021 – NYSF - Session C held in Canberra 
Some important points Club Presidents are asked to note: 
The NYSF nomination and selection process spans over two Rotary years, so please ensure your outgoing Youth Service Director and incoming President/Directors are aware of whom the club is interviewing and nominating. Please ensure the student’s parents are involved during the club interview and selection process. This is important as the student, their family and school are expected to contribute towards the cost of the NYSF program consistent with their situation. Also, remember that the parents & teachers can all be potential future Rotarians.  If you have not heard from a student and/or would like assistance or would like to be put in contact with students, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Fisher by email at the address below. 
Encourage your New Generations/Youth Director to look at the NYSF website at
This site has a lot of useful background information. 
All questions in regard to the above should be directed to Stephen Fisher by email on the following link:  Stephen Fisher

ConocoPhillips Summer Science School 

A two to three day program for Year 9 students interested in science conducted over the school holidays by the Science Schools Foundation Inc in conjunction with participating universities. 
Dates for the programs and application cut off dates can be found at the website –

As at March 2020, the following programs are being offered in Victoria over 2020 -2021 (see table below).


Universities & Tertiary Institutions
Applications Close Program Dates
Swinburne University of Technology 20 June 2020 8-10 July 2020
KIOSC, Wantirna See KIOSC website 15-17 September 2020
Federation University, Ballarat 1 September 2020 21-24 September 2020
Federation University, Gippsland 30 August 2020 27-29 September 2020
University of Melbourne, Dookie See website 25-27 November 2020
RMIT University  30 December 2020 19-21 January 2021
University of Melbourne, Parkville See University of Melbourne website  
Marine and Freshwater Centre, Queenscliffe January 2021 Specific dates dependent on tides
There is no selection process and to enrol students only need to obtain endorsement from their local Rotary Club. 
Contact:  Stephen Fisher


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