The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) invites IMNIS alumni to apply for the 2022 IMNIS Catalyst program.

IMNIS Catalyst is an ambassador program open to IMNIS alumni who have completed the IMNIS Engage program. Catalysts broadly represent IMNIS and ATSE positively throughout the STEM ecosystem.

Successful applicants will attend a media and communications training course and have opportunities to interact with current IMNIS Engage mentees, industry leaders and school students and teachers, as well as contribute to the development of future IMNIS 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)-related roles and can be at any career stage, in any sector. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be IMNIS alumni (have successfully completed ATSE’s IMNIS Engage program and received a completion certificate)

And be:

  • committed to representing the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in a positive, professional manner
  • committed to fully participating in IMNIS Catalyst, including the training, engagement, networking and mentoring components, for the duration of the program; 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 Engage 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 opportunities to be a speaker, serve on a panel and/or moderate discussions, social media and written material (e.g. blogs)
  • committed to peer mentoring IMNIS Engage mentees
  • based in Australia for the duration of the program

Participants will be reviewed and selected by an expert panel to ensure there is diversity within the program, including a range of sectors, expertise, skills, locations and people.

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, ATSE’s wide-ranging networks and programs, 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 2022.

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 and invited to engage in ATSE’s activities in the future.

How to Apply?

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply – this program is open to all alumni of the IMNIS Engage program.

To apply for IMNIS Catalyst, please complete the application form below and upload your 1-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-paste into the form.

To apply, please complete the application form here:

Video Instructions

Prepare a 1-minute video filmed on your own handheld device (e.g. smartphone, tablet) or your computer. 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 and we recommend you face an open window that has filtered, natural light. No slides or ‘props’ are to be used.


The topic of your video: please briefly share your work / research expertise, key learnings and one memory from your time with IMNIS. 


What is an elevator pitch?
This is a 1-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 an educated 14-year-old (e.g. Year 9/10 student).

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

How to upload your video 

Please follow these instructions to upload your video:

  1. Log onto
  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 (AEDT) Sunday 13 February 2022.

If you have any further queries about the application process or are having any issues with the application form, please contact Sarah Crowe –