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

IMNIS provides Australia’s future STEM leaders the opportunity to engage with industry, extend their professional network, strengthen their implicit skills and get advice from an influential industry mentor. Student 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 mentoring and collaboration between industry and academia, extends professional networks,  and helps students strengthen their ‘soft skills’ and become more informed about the opportunities beyond 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) provides PhD student mentees the opportunity to increase their understanding of the industry sector, strengthen their skills to be successful within any part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including health and medicine sector, and extend their professional network.

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

Industry 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 is partnered with Industry Growth Centres NERA, METSIgnited and MTPConnect to support the initiative. IMNIS thanks all Partners, Sponsors and Supporters for their continued engagement and support.

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

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