The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a three or four day experience full of hands-on science in universities and tertiary institutions for Year 9 and 10 students. Looking for information about applying for TSE as a student?. We do not provide information for attendees on this website.

The Young Scientists of Australia provide volunteering staff who help conduct the experience throughout NSW, and the rest of Australia. For YSA members who want to volunteer, read on. 

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience (formally The Science Experience) is YSA’s largest annual volunteering event. The event is a 3 day experience of science at some of the finest universities around Australia for high school students in years 9 and 10.

The program is organised by the university, and YSA recruits its members to provide the staffing and supervision for the three days of the experience.


Check out what went on at the 2013 Sydney Science Experience:

YSA needs amazing young science recruits to take care of the future generation of scientists (and maybe YSA members too!). You will be required to:

  • Guide students around the university campus
  • Engage students so they have an awesome time with Ice-breakers and getting to know you games
  • Perform role call duties
  • Encourage students sense of curiosity and to ask questions
  • Attend two days of staff orientation

About the Conoco Phillips Science Experience: Sydney Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience (formally The Science Experience) is YSA Sydney’s largest annual volunteering event, held at The University of Sydney in mid-January. The event is a 3 day experience of science for high school students in years 9 and 10.

The program is organised by the university, and YSA recruits its members to provide the staffing and supervision for the three days of the experience.

For more information about the program, please visit:
For information about current opportunities or to apply, head to:


Senior Staffie: For volunteers who are looking for extra responsibilities during the program and have had extensive experience in science volunteering or science communication.
Group Staffie: For anyone interested and enthusiastic – there is no minimum experience!
Rotational Group Staffie: You will get a one-day taste of staffing plus full training and of course you are welcome to attend all the daily socials.
Winged Monkey: This is a highly flexible position that will be offered if sufficient applications are received. Duties include helping execute YSA communication activities such as the relay quiz, science show, mystery activity etc., assisting coordinators and even tagging along with groups.  This position gives a taste of all elements of staffing from a behind the scenes perspective.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at:

There is no minimum experience – anyone can apply!

The Science Experience Staffing Exchange

YSA help staff TCSEs all over Australia, though our sister chapters in MelbourneBrisbane and Adelaide. This means we can offer more experienced YSA members the opportunity to travel interstate and staff TCSE at the same time. For more information, read below.

What is TCSE Exchange?

Every January TCSE Season, YSA Sydney members have the chance to staff TCSE at other YSA Chapters around Australia.

This is an exciting program that allows you to travel interstate and gain some valuable experience, develop brand new skills, meet new friends, and have an absolute blast! TCSE runs differently in every Chapter and it is always a valuable opportunity to find out for yourself just how diverse it can be.

Where and When is TCSE Exchange happening?

You can choose to undertake TCSE Exchange either Melbourne, Adelaide or Brisbane.
No interstate TCSE runs at the same time as Sydney TCSE – most are the week after. Having said that, TCSE dates are constantly changing so many opportunities throughout the year arise.

Most interstate opportunities are for January events. Email for specific dates and other details.

You will also need to attend the training sessions held by each respective Chapter.

Are there any costs?

Yes, there are some costs involved with attending TCSE Exchange, so please keep this in mind! Each chapter subsidises their members going to another state, YSA Sydney provides $150 as a subsidy.

Who can go on TCSE Exchange?

You need to preferably be at least 17 years old with at least 2 TCSEs worth of experience as a group staffie.  This may be relaxed depending on the overall experience of the candidate at the discretion of the chapter of destination.

How do I apply for interstate exchange?

Email the president with your name, the event you wish to staff, your YSA volunteering experience, and any other information you think is relevant. The president will send a shortlist of applicants to the president of the relevant chapter, where they will review the information and decide who to accept. Some chapters may require you to sign up through their registration purposes.