In 2021 IMNIS is launching a new alumni program, the IMNIS Catalyst program. IMNIS  Catalyst is an ambassador-style program where former IMNIS mentees represent both IMNIS and ATSE in a positive, measured and enthusiastic way.

Successful applicants will attend media and communications training course and have opportunities to interact and shape current and future IMNIS mentee programs.

The IMNIS Catalyst program is powered by MTPConnect as part of the REDI initiative.

Who are we looking for?

Applicants must be employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles at any career stage in any sector. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be IMNIS alumni (have completed the IMNIS program and received a completion certificate)

And be:

  • committed to the one-year IMNIS Catalyst Program, including the training, engagement, networking and mentoring components; and a commitment to participate where possible in opportunities provided to alumni participants throughout the life of the Catalyst program
  • a clear communicator –  written and oral
  • interested in science communication, particularly with high school students (years 10-12) and IMNIS mentees
  • willing to speak at a high school in your area with support from IMNIS team
  • motivated to engage with industry
  • enthusiastic to communicate broadly through speaking opportunities, social media and written material (e.g. blogs)
  • committed to peer mentoring IMNIS mentees
  • committed to representing the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in a positive, professional manner
  • based in Australia for the duration of the program

Participants will be selected to ensure geographic and discipline diversity in the program. Experience in science communication is not required: we seek IMNIS alumni who are keen to engage with industry and share their knowledge and experience with high school students, their peers and the public.

Time Commitment 

IMNIS Catalyst participants will be asked to commit the equivalent of 1 day each month over the duration of the program which will run from March to December, 2021.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be provided with support materials and advice to enable them to continue to grow their public profile and with suggestions and opportunities to build on the professional networks established. IMNIS Catalyst alumni will be strongly encouraged to continue their science communication with the public.

How to Apply?

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

To apply for the IMNIS Catalyst program we require you to fill out the below application form, as well as providing us with a one-minute elevator-style pitch YouTube video.

Please note: the application form does not have a save function, so we recommend applicants prepare responses in Microsoft Word and then copy and paste them into the form.

To apply, please complete the application form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PXH5BGH 

Video Instructions

Prepare a one-minute video filmed on your own handheld device (smartphone, tablet, or similar). Please note that we are seeking engaging communication rather than video production. DO NOT use a professional production crew – either film yourself “selfie-style” or ask a friend to hold the device. Your video needs to be an original, unedited version. Please ensure your head and shoulders are in-frame.

The topic: an elevator pitch where you briefly share your work expertise, plus the key learnings and one memory from your IMNIS program.

What is an elevator pitch?
It’s the one minute talk that summarises who you are and what you do. Your elevator pitch should stand alone without requiring an introduction, prior knowledge about you, or on-screen graphics. You should pitch your video as if it would be viewed and understood by a 14-year-old.

How will it be judged?
We are looking for confident, articulate, informative and engaging pitches that show you are able to convey information in a concise fashion to a general audience. We’ll also check to make sure you can stick to one minute.

When is it due?
Videos must be uploaded to YouTube with a link sent to us in the application form by 11:59 pm (AEST) Sunday 28 February 2021. If you have not submitted your application form by this time, you will be ineligible to progress to the final phase of judging.

Please follow these instructions to upload your video:

  1. Log onto www.youtube.com.
  2. If you don’t have an account, create a new account.
  3. Click the upload arrow in the top right corner.
  4. Select your file.
  5. Once uploaded, please add your video link to the application form.

Applications close 11.59pm (AEST) Sunday 28 February 2021.

If you have any further queries about the application process, please contact the IMNIS team at admin@imnis.org.au.