IMNIS is an award-winning industry mentoring initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Working with experts in academia and industry, IMNIS connects motivated PhD students (mentees) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with outstanding high level industry leaders (mentors).

IMNIS provides Australia’s future leaders in STEM the opportunity to engage with industry, extend their professional network and learn from an outstanding industry mentor!



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 Award in 2016.

In a one-year mentoring program, IMNIS mentors and mentees meet in person in a professional setting for one hour each month. State-level networking events hosted by IMNIS allow mentors and mentees to mix and mingle, and connect more broadly.

IMNIS provides PhD students the opportunity to increase their understanding of the industry sector, learn the skills they need to develop to be successful within the STEM sector and extend their professional network.

Mentors are all volunteers generously sharing their time and expertise. IMNIS provides a diverse range of industry professionals the opportunity to engage with academia, share their mentoring skills, and ‘give back’ to the STEM community.

IMNIS has received funding through the MTPConnect project Fund Program – 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. MTPConnect is supported by the Australian Government Industry Growth Centres Initiative – learn more at mtpconnect.org.au.



IMNIS is actively recruiting experienced professionals in industry and government as mentors! Contact IMNIS to learn more.

For more information on how you or your organisation can foster the professional development of tomorrow’s leaders in STEM, contact IMNIS at admin@imnis.org.au