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Australian Science and Engineering Fair

AUSSEF 2024 

Welcome to the 2024 edition of the Australian Science and Engineering Fair (AUSSEF). This year promises to be bigger and better with a number of significant changes that will provide greater scope and opportunities for every Australian student. Projects will now be judged in the 22 categories that are offered by ISEF. Students can do a project in Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Environmental Engineering or they can even work on technologies than enhance linguistic communication and put an entry in ISEF’s newest category Technology Enhances the Arts – the sky is the limit with the new selection of categories.

As well as the report or innovative device, logbooks or folios are now compulsory for every entry and we are introducing an online video interview for the final ISEF selection stage of judging.

We are inviting Australian school students from Years 9-12 who have completed a substantial project in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics to enter their project into our national fair. Students should upload their project reports to our online Project Submission page by Wednesday 13th November, 2024. Check out the Rules and Guidelines Page and you might be in line to represent Australia on the world stage!

This year, a three-staged national judging process will select the students who submit the best nine STEM projects into our AUSSEF competition. These students will win an all-expenses-paid-trip to compete at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), to be held in Columbus, Ohio from May 10-16, 2025 (pending funding).

AUSSEF is committed to providing opportunities for students studying within Regional and Remote areas and for First Nations students. Hence, we strongly encourage Regional, Remote and First Nations students to enter.


ISEF 2024

Thanks to the generous support of our many sponsors we have been able to fully support our AUSSEF team of 12 students, who will be representing all Australian students and schools in Los Angeles from 9th May to 18th May. We would love you to visit our ISEF 2024 page, where you can meet our 12 students and follow their ISEF journey with daily updates, photo galleries and video feeds. We will also be live streaming a number of the major ISEF events. From May 12, you will also be able to view all of the 1500 ISEF 2024 projects on the ISEF 2024 ProjectBoard, (this is the best resource you can get for initiating ideas for your own STEM project).

ISEF 2023 

In our first year of competition, our AUSSEF team performed tremendously well on the world stage, receiving three Grand Awards and one Sponsored Award at the 2023 Regeneron ISEF in Dallas, Texas:

1st Grand Award – Robotics and Intelligent Machines: Kai Turner, Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus (USD $5,000)

4th Grand Award – Chemistry: Thien Tran, Queensland Academy of Health Sciences (USD $500)

4th Grand Award – Physics and Astronomy: Olivia Silcock,  William Clarke College (USD $500)

SAE International Sponsored Award: Kai Turner, Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus (USD $2,000)

Our nine representative students are featured on our ISEF 2023 Finalists page. You can find links to their projects there.


AUSSEF Features

Australia Wide

From Cape York (QLD) to South East Cape (TAS) – from Shark Bay (WA) to Byron Bay (NSW) – Welcome!

Best Quality Projects

AUSSEF is accepting winning projects from state-level STEM-based competitions, as well as other comparable projects.

Year 9-12 Competition

AUSSEF is open for Year 9-12 Individual and Team projects (Maximum 3 students).

Innovation, solutions and rigour

Seeking STEM-based entries including innovative devices, ICT products, proofs and investigations.

Australia’s ISEF-Affiliated Fair

AUS004 AUSSEF is Australia’s only pathway to ISEF! AUS002 and AUS003 fairs closed Aug-Sep 2022.

More than a National Fair

AUSSEF’s long-term goal is to increase the participation and performance of Australian school students in STEM subjects!

2023 Regeneron ISEF Highlights Video

Used with permission from Society for Science

Data from Past Australian ISEF Finalists (1999 - 2023)

ISEF Finalists

Prizemoney in USD

Scholarships in USD

“Our 16-strong AUSSEF Steering Committee is full of experience and talent.”

“Committee members have attended a total of 26 ISEF competitions either as finalists or chaperones.”

“Committee members have coordinated their respective state Science Fairs for a total of 20 years.”

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Stuart Garth