NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) is an Australian program dedicated to exposing students who are heading into year twelve and are thinking about a career in science, engineering and related disciplines to major scientific institutions and re-searchers, so that they may make more informed choices for their future endeavours.
They are also given training in time management, interview skills and public speaking.The Forum is fully residential and takes place in Canberra during January. All activities are fully supervised by student staff and resident Rotary counsellors.
The program is extremely intensive, with little time for outside activities except for meeting those people already in the program.The most important aspect coming from attendance at the NYSF is a network of friends, colleagues and support groups across Australia, which will be of value to participants for the whole of their lives.
The NYSF continues after January, firstly in the form of university seminars and industry site visits in March and April and afterwards as a long term personal network of people with common aims.