In January 1984, the first Australian National Science Summer School was attended by 200 senior secondary school students. Convened in Canberra, it was the joint initiative of a number of Rotary clubs, the Canberra Development Board and a large number of scientific institutions around Australia. The purpose was to introduce the scientists of the future to Australia’s most distinguished scientists of the present and provide opportunities for participation in open and group discussions and forum sessions.
In 1996 the name of the program was changed to the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). To maintain close links with New Zealand scientists of the future, six students are selected each year from each country attend the summer school forum in the other country.
The target candidates are Year 11/12 science students who have shown outstanding potential in a field of science. There are over 200 positions each year for students from throughout Australia.
The Rotary Club of Templestowe seeks to sponsor a participant in the National Youth Science School program each year.
The full details of the program are located on the National Youth Science School page.