The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is an award-winning industry-led initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). IMNIS connects motivated PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with outstanding high-level industry leaders in a one-year mentoring and professional development program.

With IMNIS, Australia’s future STEM leaders engage with industry, extend their professional network, strengthen their interpersonal skills and business acumen, and gain professional skills and attributes to lead and excel. Mentees learn what it takes to succeed in any part of the STEM ecosystem, gain a better understanding of how industry works and learn about career opportunities in other professional sectors.

IMNIS breaks down barriers, fosters a culture of innovation and collaboration between industry and academia.

Officially launched in 2015, IMNIS has demonstrated success in providing industry mentoring to PhD students in Universities around Australia and was recognised with a prestigious B/HERT Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration Award in 2016.


The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a powerful opportunity for early career researchers to increase their understanding of industry and extend their professional network beyond academia.

In this one-year industry-led program, mentors and mentees meet in a professional setting each month and connect more broadly at IMNIS events. A series of professional development modules have been embedded into the program to develop professional skills and attributes to excel within any part of the STEM ecosystem.

Industry mentors are all volunteers donating their time and expertise. IMNIS provides a diverse range of industry professionals the opportunity to engage with academia, share their experiences, and pay it forward to the STEM community.

IMNIS is powered by MTPConnect through their Project Grants (a dollar-for-dollar matched program investing in big, bold ideas to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of Australia’s medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector) and their Researcher Development and Exchange in Industry (REDI) initiative. MTPConnect is supported by the Australian Government Industry Growth Centres Initiative – learn more at



ATSE thanks all of our IMNIS Partners for investing in tomorrow’s leaders in STEM.



For more information on how you or your organisation can become a Partner, contact IMNIS at [email protected]

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