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Queensland STEM Impact

Queensland STEM Impact provides a platform to share the Impact Stories generated through the Interview a Scientist Program.

Queensland has a thriving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community across universities, schools, and both large and small businesses. However, the public doesn’t always get to hear about the wide range of impacts that Queensland STEM professionals and their work are having.

Launched in 2022 during National Science Week, the purpose of the Queensland STEM Impact website is to showcase the innovative and impactful research happening across STEM within the state of Queensland, Australia.

What do we mean by an Impact Story?

The classic metrics used to rank the success of scientists and engineers have traditionally been aspects such as how many high-profile science journal publications they have written or how many conferences they have presented at. These aspects (amongst others) can be thought of as their ‘academic impact’.

However, a scientist’s or engineer’s research usually covers a much wider range of impacts including those on health, social, environmental, cultural and economic issues. There has been a movement towards using Impact Stories to help scientists and engineers communicate their true research impact.

Impact Stories identify, recognise and value the broad range of impacts that come from scientific research by weaving them into a narrative that facilitates connection and understanding between the audience and the science being described.

Interview a Scientist Program

The stories placed on the Queensland STEM Impact website are generated through the Interview a Scientist Program. In 2022, Interview a Scientist launched as a way to increase secondary students’ engagement with STEM whilst allowing STEM professionals to build their communication skills and outputs.

As part of the program, teams of secondary students from Brisbane high schools team up with higher degree/early career researchers from Griffith University to interview a STEM professional and go on to write an Impact Story on them.

Interview a Scientist is organised by Dr Emma Barnes of STEM Avenue and the event day hosted by the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University. In 2022 and 2023 it was proudly supported by the Queensland Government – Engaging Science Grants.