Messel Endowment

Securing the future of the International Science School

The International Science School is a unique educational program that is run free of charge to participating students, providing an equal opportunity to talented scholars from all backgrounds, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.

“I urge you to dig deep to ensure that my vision of 50 years ago continues into the future”.

Professor Harry Messel AC CBE
Founder of the International Science School.

The ISS pays for guest lecturers to travel and stay in Sydney, and funds activities and events for all students, and travel for Australian students. Residential staff are also employed to look after the students during their two-week stay at the University.

This means that funding for the ISS is crucial. Every two years the Physics Foundation must raise $450,000 to run each School. This covers:

Student Accommodation & Travel $250,000
Lecturer Accommodation & Travel $30,000
ISS books, video production $20,000
Staff, Volunteers $100,000

“If I was enthusiastic about science before attending the ISS, that was nothing compared to the motivation I feel now …. such an experience has helped me return to school with renewed enthusiasm and ambition – the impact of the ISS goes far beyond improved scientific understanding.”

ISS Scholar 2011


Many ISS alumni go on to distinguished careers in a variety of fields including science, medicine, engineering, finance and management. Some of the world’s most outstanding researchers and leaders who are helping to shape our future were ISS scholars.

The Foundation has established the Messel Endowment so that the ISS can be funded in perpetuity. The Foundation seeks to raise $5 million, to be maintained as a capital investment to ensure that the ISS can continue well into the future.

Please give generously. Your support for the Messel Endowment will have far-reaching effects, not only for the students who attend the ISS but for the communities in which they participate.