This year, over 250 students from Australia and the Middle East joined forces with more than 50 academics to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the fields of Health & Medicine and Energy & Environment.

Each team prepared a poster outlining the challenge they faced and their chosen solution, with the option of also producing a scientific report or model/prototype of their solution.

Students then had the opportunity to present their ideas at an online Symposium from 8-9 February 2021, hosted by the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. They were joined at the Symposium by their mentors, teachers, classmates, family and friends, as well as teams from BIOTech Futures Challenge Victoria 2020.


the symposium

The Symposium took place on 8-9th February 2021 and was opened by Prof. Hala Zreiqat, founder of BIOTech Futures, and Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley QC, Governor of NSW, with an additional address by Belinda Hutchinson, Chancellor of The University of Sydney.

Students also had the opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s finest scientific innovators and communicators. Check out the range of talks below!


Posters & Presentations

Click the link below to see the posters produced by each of our teams!

Forty of the best solutions were showcased in 3-minute presentations held throughout the day. Of these, the ten best were chosen as finalists to present their solutions again and face a Q&A session from our judging panel. Take a look at some of the interesting and creative ideas that our teams came up with!

Finalist Presentations



Best Presentation

MG018 - Communicating Health

Each member of the team will receive a Celestron FirstScope Telescope

Runner up:
Health & Medicine

MG016 - C-PLAY Movement Therapy
MG027 - Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Each member of the team will receive a TechBrands Solar Power Bank

Runner up:
Energy & Environment

MBEG1 - Biodegradable Tennis Balls

Each member of the team will receive a TechBrands Solar Power Bank

Best Report

MG021 - Designing More Efficient and User-friendly Asthma Inhalers

Each member of the team will receive a TechBrands Solar Power Bank

Best Model/Prototype

MG035 - Imaging profiling platform for thrombotic disease and anti-platelet therapeutics

The school affiliated with the winning team will receive a Geeetech A10M Mix-colour 3D Printer


Media & Gallery

News Article:
SGHS Newsletter

A recap of the Challenge written by teachers Fiona McCrossin and Maddy Roy for the Sydney Girls High School newsletter.

News Article:
NSBHS Newsletter

A recap of the Symposium written by students of team MG021 for the North Sydney Boys' High School newsletter.