You can support Science

Contributing to the activities of the Physics and ISS Alumni association, the Physics Foundation or the School of Physics can take many forms - your time, your expertise or perhaps your money. If you have an interest in the future of science and science education in Australia, please consider how you can help.

Become engaged in School activities

Physics and ISS Alumni are always welcome to attend our forums, talks and events. If you would like to be added to the School's email distribution list, please send your name and contact details to

Learn more about Sydney's alumni activities Alumni and Friends.

Physics Foundation

The Physics Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports science education, research, training and communication not only within the School of Physics but also throughout the broader community.

We depend on the generosity of our alumni and friends to support this important work. To help us meet our objectives the Foundation, on behalf of the School of Physics, regularly takes part in the University's annual appeal process and asks our alumni to help support our initiatives, programs and activities. All donations of over $2.00 are tax-deductible and we sincerely appreciate each and every donation.

From past appeals we have raised funds to support the Professor Harry Messel International Science School, the Messel Endowment and have established a new scholarship – the School of Physics Postgraduate Alumni Prize. Scholarships, prizes and awards encourage students to strive for excellence but especially in times of economic crisis it can be hard to stay at university.

We hope, as our alumni, that you will be able to help support our current students by donating to the School of Physics through the University of Sydney Physics Foundation. All donations to the Physics Foundation are tax deductible. US residents have tax-deductible status under the University of Sydney’s 501 (c) (3). If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Development Office via email

Messel Endowment

Dr Karl with the ISS2009 Indigenous Science Scholars

Dr Karl with Indigenous Science Scholars at ISS2009

The Messel Endowment was established in 1999 and aims to fund the Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) in perpetuity. The ISS offers approx. 140 scholarships to Year 11 and 12 students from all over Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the UK and the USA. Students are selected by committees in their countries, through interviews and/or competitions (in the US the winners of the National Science Bowl win places at the ISS as part of their prize).

In 2005 the Physics Foundation established the Indigenous Science Scholars Program as part of the ISS. The ISS remains at no cost to any scholar ensuring that this unique educational opportunity is available to all students based on their intellectual ability and not their ability to pay. Eight Indigenous Science Scholars attended the ISS2011 - Light & Matter.

For more information on the Professor Harry Messel International Science School please visit the Professor Harry Messel International Science School