BIOTech Futures Challenge

The BIOTech Futures Challenge 2021 will pair high school students with world-class academics at leading universities to tackle challenges ranging from human health to environmental sustainability. Click on the button below to register as an audience member for the Symposium on 8-9th February 2021!



Students in Years 9-12 (or equivalent) will get the opportunity to come up with solutions to challenges in the field of Health & Medicine or Energy & Environment. These ideas will be presented at an online Symposium from 8-9 February 2021, hosted by The University of Sydney, which provides a forum to both the Universities seeking solutions and the students who strive to solve them.

This year’s Challenge will link students with academics from the University of Sydney, as well as the ARC Training Centres for Innovative Bioengineering, Medical Implant Technologies, Data Analytics for Resources & Environment and CubeSats, UAVs and Their Applications.

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Exposes students to bioengineering research in Health & Medicine or Energy & Environment

Inspires students to tackle real-world problems by using an approach inspired by biology – the study of life

Provides students with the opportunity to communicate/work with world-leading researchers from Australian Universities

Opportunity for students to present their ideas to academics, industry representatives and their peers at a purpose-designed Symposium

How to


To participate in the challenge, please submit an expression of interest to the program.

Applications for the 2021 Challenge have closed, but be sure to check out the awesome projects and ideas on display at the Symposium!



  • Prior to Application: Decide on a project

  • 31st August 2020: Application opens

  • 23rd October 2020: Application closes

  • 17th January 2020: Project submission deadline

  • 8th - 9th February 2021: Symposium

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Best Presentation

Celestron FirstScope Telescope
(for each member of winning team)

Runner up:
Health & Medicine

TechBrands Solar Power Bank
(for each member of winning team)

Runner up:
Energy & Environment

TechBrands Solar Power Bank
(for each member of winning team)

Best Report

TechBrands Solar Power Bank
(for each member of winning team)

Best Model/Prototype

Geeetech A10M Mix-color 3D Printer
(for school affiliated with winning team)