I am a second year PhD student and, naturally, I spend a fair bit of my time wondering whether I should I pursue academic research as a career. For the first time in my life, I am considering my gender in my decision. Stats don’t lie In my experience, gender discrimination isn’t rampant at an … More Where to from here?
It is well known that women are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines internationally, and that societal beliefs and learning environments, such as negative stereotypes, lower female test performances and aspirations for careers in STEM. At The University of New England (UNE) in regional NSW, we have developed a mentoring program called … More Balancing the gender equation
Over 40 years ago Syd Leach started a small meeting in the Victorian seaside town of Lorne. The “Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function” has grown to become Australia’s largest protein-focused meeting, typically featuring talks from approximately 18 leading invited scientists from around the world. It’s tough to get a talk at Lorne. The … More Achieving gender balance in less than 3 years
I was lucky enough to spend the first three days of November at “Junket”, an “un-conference” run by the team from junkee.com. Two hundred of the best and brightest young minds in Australia came together to talk about the issues that are important for Australia today and for our future. No slides, no speakers, no … More Women in STEM at the first Junket