Australia’s Women in STEMM

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Guang Hong, PhD | Engineer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Be confident and don’t think that being female is something that will hold you back in your career” Dr Guang Hong is Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Associate Professor Hong received her Master’s degree in … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Guang Hong, PhD | Engineer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Melodie McGeoch, PhD | Ecologist | Monash University, Clayton | Melbourne | VIC

“It is more important to take action than to be confident” Dr Melodie McGeoch is Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, based on the Clayton Campus in Melbourne. Dr McGeoch received her PhD in 1995 from Pretoria University in South Africa and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Sheffield University in … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Melodie McGeoch, PhD | Ecologist | Monash University, Clayton | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Mathilde Desselle | Programme Coordinator | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“I will forever be grateful to the mentors who have pushed me outside of my comfort zone“ Mathilde Desselle is a programme coordinator for outreach for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) at The University of Queensland’ Institute for Molecular Bioscience. She is looking for the next antibiotic in engaging academic chemists worldwide … More STEMM PROFILE: Mathilde Desselle | Programme Coordinator | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Rowena Ball | Applied Mathematician and Physical Chemist | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

“I gave the kids a maths extension activity involving fractals. I related it to important Indigenous country and knowledge, and just loved seeing the delight on their faces“ Rowena Ball is Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University. From 2010 to 2014 she held … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Rowena Ball | Applied Mathematician and Physical Chemist | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Heather Bray | Senior Research Associate | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

“….the biggest hurdle has been remembering to remind myself that my ‘unconventional’ career path is a great strength and not compare myself to others” I think I’ve always loved learning, but agriculture became ‘my thing’ at high school. I think I was drawn to the combination of both scientific and human aspects, but it was … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Heather Bray | Senior Research Associate | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kate Howell, PhD | Research Fellow | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

“It’s important for leaders … to set an example – by taking regular holidays, planning meetings at appropriate times and being open about their commitments and interests outside of work” Dr Kate Howell is currently a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at The University of Western Australia (UWA) … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kate Howell, PhD | Research Fellow | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Gretta Pecl, PhD | Marine Ecologist | University of Tasmania | Hobart |TAS

 “Whilst I am thrilled with increased awareness around gender-equity issues in science, I also worry that younger women may become less interested in science if they perceive it as a struggle and incompatible with family life. We need to also show that it is possible to have a productive career and a happy family life” … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Gretta Pecl, PhD | Marine Ecologist | University of Tasmania | Hobart |TAS

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Ulrike Dackermann, PhD | Civil Engineer and Lecturer | UNSW Australia | Sydney | NSW

“The work atmosphere at university … can be quite lonesome and, especially for women, it is very important to have a social network at work” Dr Ulrike Dackermann is a Lecturer in Structures in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a member of the Centre for Infrastructure, Engineering and Safety at UNSW Australia … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Ulrike Dackermann, PhD | Civil Engineer and Lecturer | UNSW Australia | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Heather Catchpole, BSc, MSc | Head of Content | Refraction Media | Sydney | NSW

“It’s important to treat your team with respect, facilitate communication and to recognise their achievements…” Heather is the co-founder of specialist publishers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), Refraction Media. This dynamic start-up was the brainchild of Heather and co-founder Karen Taylor-Brown, who met at Cosmos Magazine, a popular science magazine, where Heather was … More STEMM PROFILE: Heather Catchpole, BSc, MSc | Head of Content | Refraction Media | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Alex Atkins | Geologist and Mining Engineer | Deloitte | Perth | WA

“I’m often frustrated by society’s polar opposite expectations for mums and for professional women – it’s impossible to meet both sets of expectations on your own and requires a reliable, non-judgemental and loving system of support” A Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Alex has two Bachelor … More STEMM Profile: Alex Atkins | Geologist and Mining Engineer | Deloitte | Perth | WA

STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Céline d’Orgeville | Adaptive Optics Group Manager, and Education and Outreach Lead | Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre| Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

“As I became the first ever pregnant engineer in my organisation, people there had zero advice to offer me and I was left to figure out on my own whichever critical adjustments I would need to make” Céline d’Orgeville is an Associate Professor and Instrument Scientist (Laser Physics) at the Australian National University Research School … More STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Céline d’Orgeville | Adaptive Optics Group Manager, and Education and Outreach Lead | Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre| Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

STEMM Profile: Dr Misty Jenkins | Laboratory Head, Cellular Immunologist | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Melbourne | VIC

“I love the discovery, I love the creativity of brainstorming a problem, and designing an approach to tackle it. Science is all around us, and is just about making observations and interpretations. How could you not love that?” Dr Misty Jenkins is a Laboratory Head and cellular immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Misty has … More STEMM Profile: Dr Misty Jenkins | Laboratory Head, Cellular Immunologist | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Professor Karen Gibb | Environmental Microbiologist | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

“… I immediately suggest ways we can recover and try to show by example that a rejection is not the end of the world. Acting that out is a quick road to recovery” Professor Karen Gibb is an environmental microbiologist with 28 years research experience. She leads the Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit (ECMU) which … More STEMM Profile: Professor Karen Gibb | Environmental Microbiologist | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

STEMM Profile: Dr Aldeida Aleti | Information Technologist | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“When I doubt myself, I listen to those who don’t” Dr Aldeida Aleti was born in communist Albania and during the time its leader isolated the country from the rest of the world. Despite the tough economic times the country was going through, mainly due to policies stressing self-reliance, Aldeida’s childhood was a happy one. … More STEMM Profile: Dr Aldeida Aleti | Information Technologist | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Catherine Boxhall | Intellectual Property Lawyer | DibbsBarker | Sydney | NSW

“I like to understand things – we are incredible creatures that live in a mind-blowingly amazing universe and science helps us in part to understand that.  I love that science helps us to care for ourselves and our planet…” Catherine Boxhall is a senior lawyer in DibbsBarker’s intellectual property and technology practice, working closely with … More STEMM Profile: Catherine Boxhall | Intellectual Property Lawyer | DibbsBarker | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Professor Mary-Anne Williams | Computer Scientist in Robotics | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Scientists want to make a difference, create more leadership opportunities for women. Engage them! Excite them! Understand and recognise their efforts!” Professor Mary-Anne Williams is listed on the Robohub‘s inaugural Top 25 Women in Robotics (2013). She has a PhD in Computer Science, Masters in Law, and is a leading authority in artificial intelligence with … More STEMM Profile: Professor Mary-Anne Williams | Computer Scientist in Robotics | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Rosanne Guijt, PhD | Senior Lecturer | Lab on a Chip | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

“I have seen women take on more masculine behaviours to succeed. I am passionate about my research, but if moving ahead means compromising some of my values, I would find this very difficult on a personal and professional level” I hold an undergraduate degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University and a PhD from Delft … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Rosanne Guijt, PhD | Senior Lecturer | Lab on a Chip | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM PROFILE: Michelle Wheeler | Freelance Science Journalist, Professional Writer | Perth | WA

“Share your research with the world! PhD students and early career researchers often have the best and quirkiest science stories…” Michelle Wheeler is a former science and environment reporter for The West Australian newspaper and has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Science, the Countryman, WA Today, suburban newspapers and more. … More STEMM PROFILE: Michelle Wheeler | Freelance Science Journalist, Professional Writer | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Judith Black AO | Clinician Researcher | University of Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“You can have a career and a family” Professor Judy Black studied medicine at the University of Sydney and after some years in clinical practice, undertook a PhD and commenced a career in full time medical research as a National Health and Medical research fellow She has focused on lung diseases such as asthma, smoking … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Judith Black AO | Clinician Researcher | University of Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Michelle Zajac | Senior Research Manager | Central Clinical School | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“I took a big risk when I decided I did not want a career in academia. I quit my postdoctoral fellowship without knowing what I would do next and trusted I would find the right space for myself” Dr Michelle Zajac is Senior Research Manager in the Central Clinical School at Monash University. Dr Zajac … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Michelle Zajac | Senior Research Manager | Central Clinical School | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen | Director – Crop Biotechnology Policy | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

“Because I heard this time and time again, I internalized the idea that leaving academia was failing. I knew deep down it wasn’t true but it took a long time to overcome the fear that moving to “the outside world” was proof I wasn’t good enough” Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen grew up listening to her grandparents’ … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen | Director – Crop Biotechnology Policy | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

STEMM PROFILE: Jenny Martin | Professor of Structural Biology and Drug Discovery, Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery | Griffith University | Brisbane | QLD

Professor Jenny Martin “The joy of discovery, the celebrations of achievement and the honour of working with talented young people from around the world” inspires Jenny to achieve Professor Jenny Martin is a Professor of Structural Biology and Drug Discovery who recently moved from the University of Queensland to Griffith University to take on the role … More STEMM PROFILE: Jenny Martin | Professor of Structural Biology and Drug Discovery, Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery | Griffith University | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Jodie Rummer | Assistant Professor, ARC DECRA Fellow | James Cook University | Townsville | VIC

“…in this field, we have to be prepared for rejection because there is a lot of it. Laughing about the ridiculous ones with your colleagues helps as well… We all get rejected… it’s how we deal with it (and rather use it to our advantage) that matters the most” Dr Jodie Rummer is an Assistant Professor and Australian Research … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Jodie Rummer | Assistant Professor, ARC DECRA Fellow | James Cook University | Townsville | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Lindy Stephens | Global Head of Business Operations | ThoughtWorks | Melbourne | VIC

“…being open to change, and even looking forward to it, helps you to not panic when things don’t go as planned” Lindy is Global Head of Business Operations for ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy.  She is responsible for strategic people planning and overseeing the support functions for ThoughtWorks staff around the world.  Lindy has a … More STEMM PROFILE: Lindy Stephens | Global Head of Business Operations | ThoughtWorks | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Rose Crossin | PhD Student | Addiction Neuroscience | Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

“I’d wanted to do a PhD for a long time, and had to choose between being an older PhD student or an older mother; the kids came first!” I am doing a PhD in addiction neuroscience at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. I started my PhD as a way of changing careers, … More STEMM Profile: Rose Crossin | PhD Student | Addiction Neuroscience | Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Samantha Hood | PhD Student | Physics | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“We need diversity in our role models to inspire all future students in STEMM” Samantha Hood is currently studying a PhD in physics at the University of Queensland. After graduating from her Bachelor of Science/Arts at UQ as valedictorian in 2013, she decided to complete her Honours study in quantum atom optics. Samantha was awarded … More STEMM PROFILE: Samantha Hood | PhD Student | Physics | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Jen Wood, PhD | Microbial Ecology | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

“Say ‘Yes’ when opportunity comes along, even if you can’t see how it benefits you immediately” I like to tell people that ‘under our feet there is a whole other universe’. Exploring and understanding the ecology of this ‘other universe’, also known as the soil microbiome, is what drives my research passion. I believe the soil … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Jen Wood, PhD | Microbial Ecology | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Deborah Fox | PhD student | Midwifery, Child and Family health | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“As a mid-life PhD Candidate, I am particularly motivated by the many older women around the world who are enjoying long careers as midwifery academics and clinicians” Deborah Fox is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her research is attached to the … More STEMM PROFILE: Deborah Fox | PhD student | Midwifery, Child and Family health | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Lynette Clunies-Ross, BBus (Computing) | Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Asia Pacific | Oracle | Singapore

“… I would advocate taking the time to practice your craft and build on your mastery before you consider a change in profession or direction” Lynette Clunies-Ross is Vice-President of Strategy and Operations at Oracle and she is based in Singapore. Before this, she was the Chief Operating Officer for SAS Australia and New Zealand … More STEMM PROFILE: Lynette Clunies-Ross, BBus (Computing) | Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Asia Pacific | Oracle | Singapore

STEMM PROFILE: Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich | Test Pilot | Royal Australian Air Force | Adelaide | SA

Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich flying an F16 VISTA (Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft), a fighter jet specially modified to make it a flying laboratory [Image: RAAF] “Early in my career, I tried to hide my intellectual bend. When I finally stopped, I became a much better operator and leader” Marija joined the Air Force … More STEMM PROFILE: Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich | Test Pilot | Royal Australian Air Force | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Jocelyn Pennefather (O’Neil) | Associate Professor – now retired | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“To me the most important legacy is seeing the successful scientific careers and lives of many of my past students” I am a pharmacologist; graduating from the University of Sydney with an Masters of Science then a PhD (1961). My experience has included studies related to the development of new drugs, and assessment of the … More STEMM Profile: Jocelyn Pennefather (O’Neil) | Associate Professor – now retired | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Mary Mackay | PhD Student | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

My research: investigating the addition of behavioural incentives to enhance traditional economic measures to improve compliance of local recreational fishermen. Its aim is to reduce management costs, improve marine resource sustainability and to assist in marine conservation in general. “… I am grateful to be part of something larger than me, to be able to … More STEMM PROFILE: Mary Mackay | PhD Student | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Claire Campbell | Lecturer and Early Career Researcher | College of Arts, Society and Education | James Cook University | Townsville | QLD

“Don’t be afraid to ask for ‘what you need to succeed’ and surround yourself with positive people who support you” Dr Claire Campbell is Lecturer – Early Years Specialist and Early Career Researcher with the College of Arts, Society and Education at the Townsville campus of James Cook University (JCU). Dr Campbell was awarded an … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Claire Campbell | Lecturer and Early Career Researcher | College of Arts, Society and Education | James Cook University | Townsville | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kate Devitt | Research Associate | Queensland University of Technology | Brisbane | QLD 

“I have reinvented myself multiple times to take advantage of opportunities around me” I am an Associate Lecturer in the School of Information Systems, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. One part of my job is to teach Masters of Information Science students about how to create libraries and databases of … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kate Devitt | Research Associate | Queensland University of Technology | Brisbane | QLD 

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Annabella Newton, PhD | Patent and Trade Marks Attorney | Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick | Melbourne | VIC

“Network as much as you can, meet as many people as possible, and make the effort to build a network of contacts as this will help you as much as your technical skills” Dr Annabella Newton is a registered patent and trade marks attorney at Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. Annabella completed her PhD in Organic Chemistry … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Annabella Newton, PhD | Patent and Trade Marks Attorney | Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Samia Elfekih | Research Scientist | CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Business Unit | CSIRO | Canberra | ACT

“I now embrace failure as an expected part of the process of building a career. If we don’t fail, it means we are not aiming high enough!” Dr Samia Elfekih obtained her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Tunis (Tunisia) in 2010. Her doctoral research work was conducted at the University … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Samia Elfekih | Research Scientist | CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Business Unit | CSIRO | Canberra | ACT

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda | Deputy Dean, Faculty of Information Technology | Monash University | Melbourne |VIC

“Communicating the value of research (both mine and those of the members of my Faculty) has been critical for my career both internally (to others in my Faculty and University) and externally (to colleagues and people in industry and government with whom we collaborate)” Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda was awarded her PhD in … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda | Deputy Dean, Faculty of Information Technology | Monash University | Melbourne |VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Jessica (Jess) Vovers | PhD Student | Biochemical Engineering | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

Qualifications: MEng (Biochemical Engineering) awarded with Distinction, BSci (Chemical Systems), DipLang (Japanese) These topic: ‘Environmentally Sustainable Solvents for Natural Pharmaceutical Extraction Processes’ (Replacing petrochemical solvents with sustainable, bio-based solvents, focusing on alkaloid production from opium) “When I made my decision to study chemical engineering, it wasn’t because I was inspired by something – I was … More STEMM PROFILE: Jessica (Jess) Vovers | PhD Student | Biochemical Engineering | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Michelle Wheeler | Science Journalist and Professional Writer | Melbourne | VIC

“Share your research with the world! PhD students and early career researchers often have the best and quirkiest science stories…” Michelle Wheeler is a former science and environment reporter for The West Australian newspaper and has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Science, the Countryman, WA Today, suburban newspapers and more. … More STEMM PROFILE: Michelle Wheeler | Science Journalist and Professional Writer | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Sharon Lewin | Director | Peter Doherty Institute | Melbourne | VIC 

“… choose your battles, have confidence and stick with your vision and look after yourself, your colleagues and your younger staff at all times” Professor Sharon Lewin is the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Medicine, … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Sharon Lewin | Director | Peter Doherty Institute | Melbourne | VIC 

STEMM PROFILE: Sarah George | Founder | Heartfelt Tech | Melbourne | VIC

“If the people around you won’t let you shine, don’t hide your light. Find better people” In my family learning to code at age 5 is nothing unusual. Dad didn’t have much time for us if we didn’t. So I had a huge career advantage early in life, but also learnt co-dependence patterns like people-pleasing … More STEMM PROFILE: Sarah George | Founder | Heartfelt Tech | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Mercedes Dávalos-Salas, PhD | Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Oncogenic Transcription Laboratory | Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute| School of Cancer Medicine | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

“Set a healthy personal/work balance. Find a mentor and expand your network” I have always been curious about my environment, about how “things” work. I used to disassemble small radios and watches to see what was inside of them and to try to understand their functioning. Soon I knew that I want to become a … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Mercedes Dávalos-Salas, PhD | Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Oncogenic Transcription Laboratory | Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute| School of Cancer Medicine | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Marianne Peso | Centre Manager and Industry Liaison Officer | Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation | Macquarie University | Sydney | NSW

“We need to … bridge communication gaps, recognise how structural incentives limit people’s willingness to collaborate outside of their sector, and create more opportunities for people to move between academia, industry and government” I’m a Canadian-Australian with particular interests in insect behaviour and biosecurity and the nature of research collaborations between academia, industry and government. … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Marianne Peso | Centre Manager and Industry Liaison Officer | Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation | Macquarie University | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Liz Harry | Director of the ithree Institute and Professor of Biology | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“It is a great time to be a scientist because the rules about what will be considered valuable research are changing and now we can look at our work in terms of real impact” Liz Harry is Professor of Biology and Director of the ithree institute (infection, immunology and innovation) at the University of Technology … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Liz Harry | Director of the ithree Institute and Professor of Biology | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Kay Latham | Inorganic and Materials Chemistry | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

“So, I would ask that each time we are faced with a decision…just stop for a moment and question our decision – is it gendered?” Born in the 1960s in the Midlands of the UK, all that was required of me was to ‘do my best’, and eventually get a nice clerical job and ‘settle … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Kay Latham | Inorganic and Materials Chemistry | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Sze Hwee Ong | PhD Student | Bruce Lefroy Centre | Genetics | Murdoch Childrens Research Institute | Melbourne | VIC

“Life is a learning journey and doing research feels like I am learning something new every day” Sze Hwee Ong is a PhD student in the Bruce Lefroy Centre at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), Australia. Her PhD focuses on developing cell and gene therapy for Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) and demonstrated the therapeutic potential of … More STEMM PROFILE: Sze Hwee Ong | PhD Student | Bruce Lefroy Centre | Genetics | Murdoch Childrens Research Institute | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Sue Barrell, FTSE | Deputy Director, Observations and Infrastructure | Bureau of Meteorology | Australian Government | Melbourne | VIC

“…a PhD is more about how you do research than what research you do. The skills I learnt – asking questions, understanding principles, gathering and analysing evidence, developing and testing theories, writing well and persuasively, thinking outside the box, have proved invaluable throughout my career…” Dr Sue Barrell is passionate about the application of science … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Sue Barrell, FTSE | Deputy Director, Observations and Infrastructure | Bureau of Meteorology | Australian Government | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Melissa Lee | M Phil Graduate | Pure Mathematics | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

“I am a strong believer that if you work very hard, success will follow” I have just finished my Master of Philosophy in Pure Mathematics at the University of Western Australia, and am about to start my PhD at Imperial College London. My masters research was concerned with certain subsets of points and lines in … More STEMM PROFILE: Melissa Lee | M Phil Graduate | Pure Mathematics | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Tracy Seymour | PhD Student | The University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

  “I’ve come to accept that things won’t always go to plan and to not worry about the small mishaps” I graduated with First Class Honours in Biomedical Science in 2014. My Honours research project investigated potential therapeutic targets and also the use of novel interference peptides for adult brain tumours. Following my Honours, I … More STEMM PROFILE: Tracy Seymour | PhD Student | The University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Jessica Appleton | PhD Student | Faculty of Health | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“An unexpected highlight of doing a PhD is meeting so many people from diverse backgrounds” Jessica Appleton is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications in children’s nursing and a fledgling public health researcher. She is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in … More STEMM PROFILE: Jessica Appleton | PhD Student | Faculty of Health | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Angela Ferguson | Group Managing Director – Asia-Pacific | ThoughtWorks | Melbourne | VIC

“Even though the little voice is still there shouting ‘fraud’, ‘imposter’ at regular intervals, I’ve realised that I’ve often been able to succeed, even when the voice is loud…” I’m Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks across the Asia-Pacific region, which currently includes offices across Singapore, China and Australia. I work closely with our clients located … More STEMM PROFILE: Angela Ferguson | Group Managing Director – Asia-Pacific | ThoughtWorks | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Sophia Frentz | Analyst | Technology, Strategy, and Architecture | Deloitte | Melbourne | VIC

“Science is formalized curiosity and I am a curious person. I love chipping away at a problem until it is solved…” Dr Sophia Frentz is currently working as an Analyst at Deloitte in the Technology, Strategy, and Architecture team, which technically means she’s an IT professional. She obtained her PhD from the Murdoch Children’s Research … More STEMM Profile: Dr Sophia Frentz | Analyst | Technology, Strategy, and Architecture | Deloitte | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Victoria (Vicki) Martin | PhD Student | Environmental Social Science and Science Communication | Southern Cross University | Lismore | NSW

“I always knew I wanted to a PhD, but never felt ready. … I realised I just had to make a start on something I am interested in and feel is worthwhile” Having submitted my PhD thesis for examination in early July, I’m currently in limbo while I wait for the outcome. Doing a PhD … More STEMM PROFILE: Victoria (Vicki) Martin | PhD Student | Environmental Social Science and Science Communication | Southern Cross University | Lismore | NSW

STEMM Profile: Elizabeth Duguid | Masters of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

  “I want to be a part of the generation that sees this technology [renewable energy] transition from novelty to norm” Elizabeth Duguid is in her final year of a Masters of Professional Engineering at the University of Western Australia in the Electrical and Electronics stream. She graduated in 2014 from a Bachelor of Science … More STEMM Profile: Elizabeth Duguid | Masters of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

STEMM Profile: Anna Quaglieri | PhD Student in Statistics | Bioinformatics Division | The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | The University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC 

“Even if you didn’t particularly love Mathematics during high school because you thought it was too abstract. Statistics will make you see the connection between theory and reality thanks to its versatile application to any field” Anna Quaglieri is a PhD student at the Walter and Eliza Hall institute and completed her Masters Degree in … More STEMM Profile: Anna Quaglieri | PhD Student in Statistics | Bioinformatics Division | The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | The University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC 

STEMM Profile: Sandeepa Kannangara | PhD student | Computer Science and Engineering | University of New South Wales | Sydney | NSW

“I love science because it can explain everything in and around us based on experimental evidence, not just conjecture” Sandeepa Kannangara is a PhD candidate in the School of Computer Science and Engineering of University of New South Wales (UNSW) with broad interests in opinion mining, machine learning, and natural language processing research areas. Her … More STEMM Profile: Sandeepa Kannangara | PhD student | Computer Science and Engineering | University of New South Wales | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Mary Bebawy | Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery and Cancer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“In high school… I had the most amazing science teacher who really made science fascinating and I knew that this was what I wanted to do” Associate Professor Bebawy was awarded her PhD in Pharmacy in 2001 from the Faculty of Pharmacy, USYD. Her current appointment is Director of Postgraduate Research and Innovation and Head … More STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Mary Bebawy | Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery and Cancer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Student Profile: Clare Weeden | PhD student | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Melbourne | VIC

“Science is an increasingly difficult career choice, but I feel like I would still choose science as I am fulfilled and fascinated by it” I am a final year PhD student in Dr Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat’s laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. I study lung stem cells and how these cells contribute … More STEMM Student Profile: Clare Weeden | PhD student | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Student Profile: Leigh Nicholson | PhD student in Medical Sciences | University of Sydney |  Sydney | NSW

Ms Leigh Nicholson “People going into research have the idea that if an experiment doesn’t work, it’s always their fault. If I took western blots not working personally I would have no self-esteem left” After finishing my Bachelor of Science, I went straight into my PhD in the Cell and Reproductive Laboratory at the University … More STEMM Student Profile: Leigh Nicholson | PhD student in Medical Sciences | University of Sydney |  Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Professor Kathryn North AC AM | Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute | David Danks Professor of Child Health Research, University of Melbourne| Melbourne | VIC

“Tell senior staff about your dreams – they might help you achieve them” Professor Kathryn North is trained as a paediatric physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and in 1994, was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program. Professor North is a translational research scientist. Her … More STEMM Profile: Professor Kathryn North AC AM | Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute | David Danks Professor of Child Health Research, University of Melbourne| Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Student Profile: Rachel Kelly | PhD student | Social Sciences and Fisheries Research | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

“I am excited to progress in my own research and aspire to also become established as a scientist and female role model to young students, taking up from the female scientists who have encouraged and inspired me on my own path” My Bachelor degree (marine science) explored a wide range of ocean topics and disciplines … More STEMM Student Profile: Rachel Kelly | PhD student | Social Sciences and Fisheries Research | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM Student Profile: Zoe Grant | PhD student in Biomedicine | The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

“Everyday in science is a challenge for me, whether it’s talking to new people or in front of people, and everyday I get better” I studied a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). I’ve been interested in biomedical research from a young age so I tried … More STEMM Student Profile: Zoe Grant | PhD student in Biomedicine | The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Eva Cheng | Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

“It’s not so much a key piece of advice that has impacted my career, but the honest advice without judgement, in addition to my mentor’s invaluable ability to see situations in ways only someone with years of life and work experience can” Being a Lecturer in the School of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering) at … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Eva Cheng | Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Amanda Lilleyman | Phd Student | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

“If you are passionate about what you do for work, it will not be work but an extension of your life. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am and opportunities have come my way because of my driven personality” Amanda Lilleyman is in her final year of her PhD at Charles Darwin University … More STEMM Profile: Amanda Lilleyman | Phd Student | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

STEMM Profile: Samira Aili | PhD Student | School of Life Sciences | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“I chose science as I’ve always wanted to be in a profession that help people in some way” At the end of my Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Technology Sydney, I decided to do an Honours year to obtain some research and time management skills. At the end of my Honours, I … More STEMM Profile: Samira Aili | PhD Student | School of Life Sciences | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Jan Strugnell | Associate Professor and Director | Centre of Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture | James Cook University | Townsville | QLD

“…‘You can’t be what you can’t see’.  It is important that senior female scientists are visible to younger female scientists so they know that careers in science are possible” LinkedIn: Jan Strugnell Twitter: @JanStrugnell   Associate Professor Jan Strugnell completed her BSc (Hons) at James Cook University before obtaining her DPhil at Oxford University, UK, … More STEMM Profile: Jan Strugnell | Associate Professor and Director | Centre of Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture | James Cook University | Townsville | QLD

STEMM Student Profile: Amy Iannella | PhD Student in Bioscience | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

“I love the moment when you have all the data together, you plot it on a graph and suddenly you’re looking at a totally new piece of information that nobody else knows yet” I came to Adelaide to do a Bachelor of Science after completing year 12 in 2008 in NSW. Staying in a residential … More STEMM Student Profile: Amy Iannella | PhD Student in Bioscience | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Dr Phillippa Taberlay | NHMRC Career Development Fellow | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

“… consider the longer-term impact of career disruption … on track records. The reality is that you may take “only” 6 months leave, but the effects last much longer and are more widespread” Dr Phillippa Taberlay was awarded her PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2008. She then completed a ~4 year post-doctoral training … More STEMM Profile: Dr Phillippa Taberlay | NHMRC Career Development Fellow | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM Profile: Professor Jenny Davis | Freshwater Ecologist | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

“The current paradigm of using single metrics to rank individual researchers favours a very narrow set of scientific attributes and skills, and often (although not always) these attributes are held more by male than female researchers” Professor Jenny Davis is Head of the School of Environment at Charles Darwin University. She has a PhD and … More STEMM Profile: Professor Jenny Davis | Freshwater Ecologist | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Joanne Boag | General Manager – Commercial | Rhythm Biosciences | Melbourne | VIC

“It is important to let women know that their contribution, female contribution, is important and would be missed if they left” Dr Joanne Boag is General Manager – Commercial at Rhythm Biosciences and has extensive commercialisation experience. Joanne was Head of Intellectual Property (IP) and Licensing – Biotech and Medtech at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Joanne Boag | General Manager – Commercial | Rhythm Biosciences | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Rachel Popelka-Filcoff  | College of Science and Engineering | Flinders University | Adelaide| SA

“… I am encouraged and supported by my husband, who does the majority of the childcare and home responsibilities. This allows me to travel and develop my career. He also is my advocate” Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff is an Associate Professor in the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University in Adelaide. Rachel’s research program uses … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Rachel Popelka-Filcoff  | College of Science and Engineering | Flinders University | Adelaide| SA

STEMM Student Profile: Katrina Dickson | PhD Student | Invasive Animals CRC | University of New England | Armidale | NSW

“I hope to see gender diversity leading to increased systems thinking, creativity and innovation; more motivating and satisfying workplaces; and the capacity to meet the challenges that our planet is currently facing” I graduated with a Bachelor of Rural Science (Honours) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics in the 1980’s. I completed a … More STEMM Student Profile: Katrina Dickson | PhD Student | Invasive Animals CRC | University of New England | Armidale | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Roxane Legaie | Lead Clinical Bioinformatician | Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre | Melbourne | VIC

“Even without a clear understanding of what “I wanted to be when I grow up”, I was always driven to achieve, to succeed” As far as I can remember, I was fascinated by genetics. I studied biology at university for a few years but quickly realised that I was not meant to work in a … More STEMM PROFILE: Roxane Legaie | Lead Clinical Bioinformatician | Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Dana Cordell | Research Principal | Institute for Sustainable Futures | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney

” … maximising influence through research requires a combination of seeking strategic windows of opportunity, using the right communication tools, and targeting the right people” Dr Dana Cordell leads and undertakes international and Australian research projects on sustainable food and phosphorus futures in the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). … More STEMM Profile: Dr Dana Cordell | Research Principal | Institute for Sustainable Futures | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Angela Dawson | Public Health Scientist | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Develop your ‘brand’ or your unique area of work and build a publishing profile there early on” Dr Angela Dawson is a public health scientist with expertise in maternal and reproductive health service delivery to vulnerable populations in Australian and low and middle income country contexts. She is a senior research fellow with the Faculty … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Angela Dawson | Public Health Scientist | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Ala Tabor | Senior Principal Research Fellow | The University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“The Harvard Gender bias test is a good test for all and being pro-active on gender equity policies” Professor Ala Tabor joined a new Institute at The University of Queensland, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) in 2010, after 18 years of research with the Queensland Government. Her vision is to lead translational … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Ala Tabor | Senior Principal Research Fellow | The University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Shaghik Atakaramians | Senior Research Fellow | School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications | UNSW Australia | Sydney | NSW

“There are plenty of hidden opportunities in each challenge. To discover these opportunities one needs to get uncomfortable by embracing change and taking the initiative” Dr Shaghik Atakaramians was awarded ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2014 on Terahertz metamaterial waveguides. She joined the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Shaghik Atakaramians | Senior Research Fellow | School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications | UNSW Australia | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Fatima El-Assaad | Senior Research Associate | UNSW Australia | Sydney | NSW

“I would restructure the entrenched patriarchal frameworks within academia and research to enable a fairer trajectory for females” Dr Fatima El-Assaad is a Senior Research Associate at UNSW Australia and coordinates all research activity, research strategy, communications and interactions with various stakeholders. Fatima graduated with First Class Honours in Medical Science and was awarded her PhD … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Fatima El-Assaad | Senior Research Associate | UNSW Australia | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Dr Lahiru Gangoda | Research Fellow | La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

“Truth always comes out of science. I enjoy the whole process from starting off to test a particular hypothesis to arriving at a conclusion” Dr Lahiru Gangoda completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with first class Honours from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 2005. In 2008, she obtained a … More STEMM Profile: Dr Lahiru Gangoda | Research Fellow | La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Evelyne Deplazes | Research Fellow | School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences | Curtin University | Perth

“Being a scientist means dealing with complex problems and one faces challenges, small and large, technical and personal, every day. As Dory in ‘Finding Nemo’ sings ‘Swimming, swimming, just keep swimming’” I am a Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute at Curtin University. My … More STEMM Profile: Dr Evelyne Deplazes | Research Fellow | School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences | Curtin University | Perth

STEMM Profile: Dr Sanam Mustafa | ARC Senior Research Fellow | Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics | The University of Adelaide | Adelaide

  “I treat each day as a new opportunity. I try not carry the stresses of the previous day but see the new day as another chance to overcome the challenges and pressures” A molecular pharmacologist trained in one of the world’s most renowned research laboratories, Dr Sanam Mustafa moved from the U.K in 2009 … More STEMM Profile: Dr Sanam Mustafa | ARC Senior Research Fellow | Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics | The University of Adelaide | Adelaide

STEMM Profile: Judith Mitchell MBA, GAICD | Chief Executive Officer| Next Science | Sydney | NSW

“…nothing was invented in a day – or invented without a journey, recognise the journey and push, but don’t rush, but make sure you take the learnings on the journey. Even a journey to failure is a learning” Currently I am the CEO of a small biotech company moving towards A listing. I started to … More STEMM Profile: Judith Mitchell MBA, GAICD | Chief Executive Officer| Next Science | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Diana Navarro–Perez | PhD Student | Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

“I strongly believe that women can do everything that men can do; therefore, there is a need to encourage women to follow their passion” As a kid I used to say to my mum that I wanted to be a scientist when I grow up, then I discovered the encyclopaedia of science that my dad … More STEMM Profile: Diana Navarro–Perez | PhD Student | Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Benita Husband | Engineer | Director of Strategy | Executive Member | Norman Disney & Young | Melbourne | VIC

“Sometimes when I’m the only woman or the youngest in the room I can feel a bit intimidated at voicing my opinion, but I’ve learnt to trust myself, and my peers and I now am a lot more confident in my own skin” Benita Husband is Director of Strategy at Norman Disney & Young (NDY), … More STEMM Profile: Benita Husband | Engineer | Director of Strategy | Executive Member | Norman Disney & Young | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Muireann Irish | ARC Future Fellow | Brain and Mind Centre and School of Psychology | The University of Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Everyone’s academic journey will be different and it can be extremely damaging to constantly hold yourself up for comparison to others” Muireann Irish is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. Originally from Ireland, Muireann completed a Bachelor degree in Psychology at … More STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Muireann Irish | ARC Future Fellow | Brain and Mind Centre and School of Psychology | The University of Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Dr Anushi Rajapaksa | NHMRC Early Career Fellow | Senior Research Officer | Pneumococcal Research | Murdoch Children’s Research Institute | Melbourne | VIC

“Believe that you can make it! I feel that the first step is achieving your goals, whatever it might be is to believe that you can do it!” I am an academic Biomedical Engineer and an emerging leader in the field of novel bedside technologies for newborn babies at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). … More STEMM Profile: Dr Anushi Rajapaksa | NHMRC Early Career Fellow | Senior Research Officer | Pneumococcal Research | Murdoch Children’s Research Institute | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Elizabeth Sullivan | Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“… seek out an early career researcher program and mentors, to be open to opportunities for collaboration and networking and to work in an area you are passionate about” Professor Elizabeth Sullivan is a public health physician and one of Australia’s leading perinatal and reproductive health epidemiologists. She is Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Elizabeth Sullivan | Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Dr Pallave Dasari | Postdoctoral Researcher | Breast Biology and Cancer Unit | The Queen Elizabeth Hospital | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

“The most valuable personal attribute for me has been courage. The biggest challenges I have faced personally and professionally have required that I steel my resolve…” Dr Pallave Dasari began her research career at Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, specialising in infectious diseases and Indigenous health, and is now with the University of Adelaide … More STEMM Profile: Dr Pallave Dasari | Postdoctoral Researcher | Breast Biology and Cancer Unit | The Queen Elizabeth Hospital | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Student Profile: Anna Zovaro | PhD student in Physics | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

Since writing this profile, Henry (previously Anna) has transitioned from female to male. However, he is still enthusiastic about sharing his profile, having lived experience as a woman in STEMM. Thank you Henry! “In my experience, asking ‘stupid’ questions has often led to long and enriching discussions. Being a scientist is all about asking questions, after all” The first … More STEMM Student Profile: Anna Zovaro | PhD student in Physics | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Laura McCaughey | Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow | University Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“‘Be the change you want to see’. We are the future of science and we have the ability to change the culture and equality in our workplace by our actions.” Dr Laura McCaughey is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow working at the ithree institute (infection, immunology and innovation) at the University of Technology, … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Laura McCaughey | Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow | University Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Fabienne Mackay, PhD | Head of Biomedical Sciences | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

“So many large research grants awarded to teams that have not included a single woman as an investigator. Insisting on the inclusion of women as investigators, as part of the eligibility criteria would force future applicants to pay attention to the female talents around them” Professor Fabienne Mackay is an immunologist who obtained her PhD … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Fabienne Mackay, PhD | Head of Biomedical Sciences | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Sally Male | Engineer and Researcher | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

“I do not have a mentor because, within the masculine culture of engineering, subconscious bias pervades all women and men.  I do not trust even myself to avoid gendered assumptions” I am a mother of two wonderful sons. Born in Western Australia, I completed most of primary school in the South-West coal-mining town of Collie, … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Sally Male | Engineer and Researcher | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Li-Ann Leow, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“…you can always surprise yourself with how strong you are” Dr Li-Ann Leow is a post-doctoral research fellow in the field of cognitive neuroscience at the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance, at the University of Queensland, with expertise in motor control, motor learning and the dopaminergic reward system. Before working at UQ, she relocated from the University of Western … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Li-Ann Leow, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Professor Frances Separovic FAA | Deputy Director BIO21 Institute | Chair of Chemistry | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

“Perhaps I would not have dropped out of university at 18 if I had a mentor and life would have been easier. Nevertheless, a career in science has been a wonderful joyride” Professor Frances Separovic is a Biophysical Chemist and Deputy Director of the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia. Frances grew up in Broken … More STEMM Profile: Professor Frances Separovic FAA | Deputy Director BIO21 Institute | Chair of Chemistry | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Rebecca Koss | Science Writer | Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria | Melbourne | VIC

“Having mentors at each stage, and across various roles, of my career has facilitated my success” Dr Rebecca Koss has more than 17 years’ international, national and statewide experience in environmental and conservation policy and strategy. Rebecca is currently a Science Writer at the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability. She is currently writing … More STEMM Profile: Dr Rebecca Koss | Science Writer | Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Susan Rowland | Teaching-focused Academic | School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences | Associate Dean Academic (Future Students and Employability) | Faculty of Science | The University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“…I ask people for help or input by approaching them, introducing the issue, and then saying ‘I would value your opinion’. This has changed my life” Associate Professor Susan Rowland completed a BSc Hons and PhD in biochemistry at The University of Sydney, Australia, and a Human Frontiers in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University … More STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Susan Rowland | Teaching-focused Academic | School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences | Associate Dean Academic (Future Students and Employability) | Faculty of Science | The University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Dr Johanna Speirs | Senior Climate Scientist | Snowy Hydro Ltd | Sydney | NSW

“A supportive working culture should allow parents to take breaks without penalising their career advancement… I’m proud I’ve been able to help shape my workplace’s parental leave package to encourage greater gender equality. Having flexible and generous leave entitlements available for both parents can help minimise the impact of parenting exclusively on women’s careers” Dr … More STEMM Profile: Dr Johanna Speirs | Senior Climate Scientist | Snowy Hydro Ltd | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Wendy Carroll, MBA BE BCom | Cluster Champion – Health Precincts | Jobs for NSW | NSW Department of Industry | Sydney | NSW

“Build your networks of collaborators and confidantes from the word start. The most successful people realise that they can’t do it all on their own” Wendy Carroll has Bachelor degrees in engineering (BE) and commerce (BCom) and a Masters in business administration (MBA). Wendy possesses over 13 years’ experience in commercial and innovation leadership roles … More STEMM PROFILE: Wendy Carroll, MBA BE BCom | Cluster Champion – Health Precincts | Jobs for NSW | NSW Department of Industry | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Linda Lua | Director, UQ Protein Expression Facility | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“If a leader genuinely has the best interest in growing and developing others into future leaders, and cares for them and not just what they can do, people will do more than what you ask” Professor Linda Lua is the Founding Director of the UQ Protein Expression Facility at the University of Queensland (UQ). Linda … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Linda Lua | Director, UQ Protein Expression Facility | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Raelene Endersby | Brainchild Fellow | Co-Head, Brain Tumour Research | Telethon Kids Institute | Perth | WA

“… ask the big questions, and design as-near-to-perfect experiments as possible” Dr Raelene Endersby co-leads the Brain Tumour Research Program at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, WA. Raelene was awarded her PhD in 2003 from the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research (formerly the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research) and undertook postdoctoral training … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Raelene Endersby | Brainchild Fellow | Co-Head, Brain Tumour Research | Telethon Kids Institute | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kaye Morgan BE BSc PhD | Engineer and Researcher | School of Physics | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

Dr Kaye Morgan [Image: Steve Morton, Monash University] “… we can all stand up against gender stereotypes, give equal voice to both genders, take equal responsibility for unpaid work in the home and ask for flexible work arrangements” Dr Kaye Morgan is a Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Physics at Monash University, … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kaye Morgan BE BSc PhD | Engineer and Researcher | School of Physics | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Professor Madhu Bhaskaran | Co-Group Leader | Functional Materials and Microsystems Research | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

“What gives me happiness is that I have managed to do many things beyond research in my career so far – this includes mentoring …, holding leadership positions … as well as contributing to the gender diversity space …” Professor Madhu Bhaskaran co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University. She is also the Associate Dean … More STEMM Profile: Professor Madhu Bhaskaran | Co-Group Leader | Functional Materials and Microsystems Research | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton | Senior Community Relations Advisor | Seqwater | Brisbane | QLD

“Network, network, network! Don’t underestimate the value in talking to people and sharing and receiving insights, connections and advice” Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton is currently the Senior Community Relations Advisor in research and relationship management at Seqwater in Brisbane. Previously she was a Principal Project Officer in the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, Queensland Government, … More STEMM Profile: Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton | Senior Community Relations Advisor | Seqwater | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Dr Alysha De Livera | Data Scientist | School of Population & Global Health | The University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

“My entrance to statistics was accidental, and happened when I attended statistics lectures at the university to take notes on behalf of another student who could not make it to the lectures. Since then, in all my academic work, I enthusiastically majored in statistics” Dr Alysha De Livera is an academic biostatistician/bioinformatician/data scientist at the … More STEMM Profile: Dr Alysha De Livera | Data Scientist | School of Population & Global Health | The University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Anne-Marie Ebbels | Principal Mining Engineer and Consultant | SRK Consulting | Melbourne | VIC

“The industry needs to recognise that the past stereotypes no longer apply and change the perception of mining within the community” Anne-Marie Ebbels is mining engineer with over 18 years experience in mining operations and consultancy in Australia and overseas. Her expertise includes mine design, planning and scheduling, and she has significant practical experience in these … More STEMM Profile: Anne-Marie Ebbels | Principal Mining Engineer and Consultant | SRK Consulting | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Sarah Chapman FRACI | Science Educator | STEM Hub | Townsville | QLD

“What I love most about science is that it is everywhere and so dynamic. It is a platform that allows me to always keep on learning, which is the best thing you can ask for, constantly challenged and constantly getting to experience that sense of wonder!” Ms Sarah Chapman is Head of Department at the Department … More STEMM PROFILE: Sarah Chapman FRACI | Science Educator | STEM Hub | Townsville | QLD

STEMM Profile: Dr Maia Sauren | Business Analyst, Iteration Manager, Agile Coach | Thoughtworks | Melbourne | VIC

Dr Maia Sauren is often preoccupied with science education, diversity in technical fields, open information, and how emerging software interacts with science and biotechnology. Maia was co-chair of Open Knowledge Australia, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and organisations share data, information and resources. She has been heavily involved in forming the Open Knowledge community … More STEMM Profile: Dr Maia Sauren | Business Analyst, Iteration Manager, Agile Coach | Thoughtworks | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Emma Burrows | NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow | Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

Dr Emma Burrows is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and leads a research program aiming to understand the neurobiology underlying cognitive disorders, at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Emma’s research utilises animal models to investigate how genes and environment interact to produce phenotypic changes relevant to autism spectrum disorder. Her goal is to … More STEMM Profile: Dr Emma Burrows | NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow | Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Shokoufeh Malekjani | Engineer and Entrepreneur | Diverse Village | USA

Dr Shokoufeh Malekjani is a metallurgical engineer and founder of Diverse Village. Shokoufeh completed her BSc and MSc in Iran majoring in metallurgy before moving to Australia to do a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship. It was through her journey in a white male-dominated environment where she discovered the faulty infrastructure being unable to fit in people who … More STEMM Profile: Dr Shokoufeh Malekjani | Engineer and Entrepreneur | Diverse Village | USA

STEMM Profile: Charles Gray | PhD Student, Choose Maths Ambassador | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

Charles Gray is a Mathbassador with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, statistical data scientist, and classically-trained pianist. She changed her name because it felt like no-one believed, as a girl, she could play rhythm-section jazz. Charles is a PhD student in mathematics at La Trobe University (supervised by Associate Professor Luke Prendergast and Dr Agus Salim). … More STEMM Profile: Charles Gray | PhD Student, Choose Maths Ambassador | La Trobe University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Nastaran Mazloumi | Fisheries scientist | Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences | Australian Government | Canberra | ACT

“…it is not easy to change things at high levels unless we prepare ourselves for a cultural revolution and already accept its consequences. For example, we need to increase awareness about the importance of accepting the cultural diversity” Nastaran Mazloumi is a Fisheries scientist with a multidisciplinary skills in marine science and fisheries. She has … More STEMM Profile: Nastaran Mazloumi | Fisheries scientist | Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences | Australian Government | Canberra | ACT

STEMM Profile: Nicky Eshtiaghi | Associate Professor in Engineering | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

“Never give up, make the most of what you’ve got and tough it out when facing difficulties” Dr Nicky Eshtiaghi is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering discipline at RMIT University. She is the leader of the Sludge Rheology group and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers since 2010 with an h-index of … More STEMM Profile: Nicky Eshtiaghi | Associate Professor in Engineering | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Ann Nicholson | Professor of Data Science and AI | Deputy Dean (Research) | Faculty of Information Technology | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“Passion for your area is crucial – you must love what you do” Professor Ann Nicholson is the Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Information Technology. After completing her BSc (Hons) and MSc in Computer Science at the University of Melbourne, in 1988 Prof Nicholson was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where she  did her doctorate … More STEMM Profile: Ann Nicholson | Professor of Data Science and AI | Deputy Dean (Research) | Faculty of Information Technology | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Professor Julie Bernhardt AM | Head, Stroke Division | NHMRC Principal Research Fellow | Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

“The possibility of improvement in the human condition inspires me every day. I want to be part of that, I want to find new ways of doing things, new ways of thinking that will lead to improvements in health care and outcomes for survivors, and improvements in how we conduct science” Professor Julie Bernhardt AM … More STEMM Profile: Professor Julie Bernhardt AM | Head, Stroke Division | NHMRC Principal Research Fellow | Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Elizabeth Thomas | PhD Student | Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“Having a young family now, I am even more determined to succeed to provide my daughter the best life and to be an inspiration for her as she grows older” Elizabeth Thomas is a third year PhD student at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). She completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (First Class … More STEMM Profile: Elizabeth Thomas | PhD Student | Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Anna Paradowska | Industrial Liaison Manager | Senior Instrument Scientist | Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering | ANSTO | Lucas Heights | NSW

“You learn faster, and more, from your failures – so don’t treat them as failures, treat them as lessons!” Dr Anna Paradowska works a scientist but by heart and education she is an engineer. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University (2008) and a MSc degree in Materials Science Engineering from Wroclaw … More STEMM Profile: Anna Paradowska | Industrial Liaison Manager | Senior Instrument Scientist | Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering | ANSTO | Lucas Heights | NSW

STEMM Profile: Dr Krystina Mossop | Writer, editor, and academic consultant | Mind Your Way | Bellarine Peninsula | Victoria

“It’s okay, and normal, to make mistakes. No, really: you don’t have to get it right first go. And ask for help!” Inspired by the potential of a more equitable STEAMM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths, medicine) environments, Dr Krys Mossop is a communications consultant with interests in science, gender, race, intersectionality, and academia. With a … More STEMM Profile: Dr Krystina Mossop | Writer, editor, and academic consultant | Mind Your Way | Bellarine Peninsula | Victoria

STEMM Profile: Dr Leonie Walsh FTSE | Board Chair, Consultant, Mentor | Director and Founder | Productive Management Solutions | Melbourne | Victoria

“As a country we need to do a better job of attracting women into science careers and allowing the scientific talent we have to reach their full potential” Dr Leonie Walsh FTSE is a respected leader and expert practitioner of industrial technology development and commercialisation, with a career evolving from large multi-national corporations across diverse … More STEMM Profile: Dr Leonie Walsh FTSE | Board Chair, Consultant, Mentor | Director and Founder | Productive Management Solutions | Melbourne | Victoria

STEMM Profile: Danielle Spencer | Primary School Teacher, Science Coach | Mitchelton State School | Mitchelton | QLD

“It was my love of science that allowed me to grow as a teacher. My favourite childhood game was playing science. My first chemistry set ended up with me in an eye patch for some weeks” After a long and extensive career in paediatric nursing, I took a gamble and followed a childhood dream to … More STEMM Profile: Danielle Spencer | Primary School Teacher, Science Coach | Mitchelton State School | Mitchelton | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kristin Alford | BE Hons (Min Proc), PhD, MMgt (Strategic Foresight) | Director, MOD | University of South Australia | Adelaide | SA

“My PhD taught me to read widely and follow odd hunches, and the importance of relationships for making change” LinkedIn: Kristin Alford Twitter: @kristinalford     Dr Kristin Alford is the Director of the MOD, an immersive museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Previously, Kristin has directed the Science Education Creativity … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kristin Alford | BE Hons (Min Proc), PhD, MMgt (Strategic Foresight) | Director, MOD | University of South Australia | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Prof. Sally-Ann Poulsen FRACI | Professor and Deputy Director (Acting) | Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) | Griffith University | Brisbane | QLD

[This is] “a career I did not foresee as a young girl attending a one-teacher, two-room, rural primary school of 17 students. There I learned the value of self-directed learning as well as pitching in to help others to achieve” Sally-Ann Poulsen is a Professor and the Deputy Director (acting) at the Griffith Institute for Drug … More STEMM Profile: Prof. Sally-Ann Poulsen FRACI | Professor and Deputy Director (Acting) | Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) | Griffith University | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Anisha Dhungana | Civil Engineer | Arup | Brisbane | QLD

“I am really inspired by the change in culture around images that are presented at posters and websites of STEMM industry and academic organisations, which nowadays depict a good ratio of women and men as STEMM professionals. This immediately feels more inviting to all genders” Anisha Dhungana is a Civil Engineer at Arup and is … More STEMM Profile: Anisha Dhungana | Civil Engineer | Arup | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Professor Mel Ziman | Director, Melanoma Research Group | Edith Cowan University | Perth | Western Australia

“Inclusivity and trust are important leadership traits” Professor Mel Ziman’s professional career commenced in Australia in 1996, first at the University of Western Australia, then at Edith Cowan University (ECU), where she has focused on the development of blood based markers for the diagnosis and prognosis of melanoma. She founded the highly successful ECU Melanoma … More STEMM Profile: Professor Mel Ziman | Director, Melanoma Research Group | Edith Cowan University | Perth | Western Australia

STEMM Profile: Dr Jacquiline Romero | ARC DECRA Fellow | Quantum Physics | The University of Queensland | Brisbane | Queensland

“I don’t take rejections as an attack to my person, I take them as opportunities to improve. My first four fellowship applications failed, I was successful the fifth time because I learned from the first four. So many aspects of life are like that!” Dr Jacquiline Romero was born and raised in Manila. She holds … More STEMM Profile: Dr Jacquiline Romero | ARC DECRA Fellow | Quantum Physics | The University of Queensland | Brisbane | Queensland

STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius | School of Medical and Health Sciences | Edith Cowan University | Perth | Western Australia

“I have always had a deep-seated desire to grow through learning which helped push through and past any barriers or challenges faced being a first-generation University graduate, of a CALD background and part of the LGBTQI+ community” Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius, PhD is a sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach, and educator in biomechanics and … More STEMM Profile: Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius | School of Medical and Health Sciences | Edith Cowan University | Perth | Western Australia

STEMM Profile: Juliette Major | Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Coordinator | St Clare’s College | Canberra | ACT

“When someone pays you a compliment say thank you and accept it. Don’t put yourself down or denigrate your effort and work. You worked hard for where you are and it’s okay to acknowledge that. Stand up for yourself and your craft. You’re not an imposter” Juliette Major is the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) … More STEMM Profile: Juliette Major | Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Coordinator | St Clare’s College | Canberra | ACT

STEMM Profile: Núria Saladié | UROP Manager | CSIRO Education and Outreach | CSIRO | Melbourne | VIC

“I was passionate about literature and languages but I also loved biology and environmental sciences. When it was time to think about … university … I searched for ways of bringing them together and finally it clicked: science communication. It worked!” Núria Saladié is a science communicator with wide engagement and project management experience across … More STEMM Profile: Núria Saladié | UROP Manager | CSIRO Education and Outreach | CSIRO | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Rose Goodman | Senior Chemist | LabWest Minerals | Perth | WA

“…expect the unexpected because you do not know what or why someone is going to do. Have contingency plans for the worst scenario but always expect the best scenario” I have two daughters, Hannah (20) is in her final semester of her human bio, preclinical undergraduate BSc at Curtin university, and Jenna (17) in year … More STEMM Profile: Rose Goodman | Senior Chemist | LabWest Minerals | Perth | WA

STEMM Profile: Christine Burns | CEO & Co-founder | Women Authentic Leadership Training (WALT) Institute | Melbourne | VIC

“A work team is the same as a sports team – we have each other’s back no matter what, we share the tough times and we celebrate the good times. It’s about WE not me” Christine Burns was born in Manawatu, New Zealand and is the second daughter of Scottish parents. From being a shy … More STEMM Profile: Christine Burns | CEO & Co-founder | Women Authentic Leadership Training (WALT) Institute | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Lisa Devereaux | Business Development Manager | Luina Bio | Brisbane | QLD

“I always welcome constructive feedback and where there are have been gaps in my skills, I look at how I can address them through mentoring, courses, study but keep a positive mindset on my strengths to keep motivated for the next opportunity” Lisa Devereaux is a Business Development Manager at Luina Bio Pty Ltd and … More STEMM Profile: Lisa Devereaux | Business Development Manager | Luina Bio | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Kathy Nicholson | Chief Operating Officer | Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics | Adelaide | SA

“We need to learn to trust individuals to balance their own lives, and not mandate 20th Century work rules on the 21st century work force” High quality scientific research is crucial for the continued growth of a strong, healthy and sustainable communities. As Chief Operating Officer for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics … More STEMM Profile: Kathy Nicholson | Chief Operating Officer | Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Lucy Buxton | Industry Engagement Manager | Climate Change Cluster | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Sometimes we can get lost in the minutiae and I have always found it helpful, no matter what role I’ve been in – research or professional, to be able to see how the work that we do translates into the wider community and creates positive impact” Dr Lucy Buxton has a PhD in marine biology … More STEMM Profile: Lucy Buxton | Industry Engagement Manager | Climate Change Cluster | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Ramona Chauhan | PhD Student | School of Education | Curtin University | Perth | WA

“Being independent is the most important personality trait which has kept me motivated to work in a professional world” Ramona Chauhan is a PhD student from the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She is in the second year of her PhD degree and is working broadly on “STEM with disability” area … More STEMM Profile: Ramona Chauhan | PhD Student | School of Education | Curtin University | Perth | WA

STEMM Profile: Daniella Conser | Earth Science Student | Monash University | Melbourne | Victoria

“Having a scientific background will provide a strong skill set and expertise to critically approach and solve threats to our earth in the future” Daniella Conser is an Earth Science student currently completing her degree at Monash University. She has a passion for science and encouraging young women in STEMM. With a love for the … More STEMM Profile: Daniella Conser | Earth Science Student | Monash University | Melbourne | Victoria

STEMM Profile: Anjaleena Anthony | Applications Specialist | Territory Manager | Promega Corporation | Melbourne | VIC

“The biggest barrier I faced was culture shock when I came to Australia from my country, India. This impacted me a lot especially on the career front as I hesitated to initially interact with people” Dr Anjaleena Anthony is an Applications Specialist at Promega Corporation. Anjaleena describes herself as a passionate scientist with an ambition … More STEMM Profile: Anjaleena Anthony | Applications Specialist | Territory Manager | Promega Corporation | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Helen Forster | Regional Director of Projects | Jacobs | Dubai | United Arab Emirates

“I work in Dubai and we have over 60 nationalities in our company, the cultural and language diversity means I pay attention to really understand what people are trying to say – and words may have different meaning depending where you are from, so I try not to assume and always check” Helen Forster is … More STEMM Profile: Helen Forster | Regional Director of Projects | Jacobs | Dubai | United Arab Emirates

STEMM Profile: Amal Mohamed Dameer | Medical Doctor & PhD Student | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

“To every opportunity – give everything a go and see how all your personal attributes and talents can be used to make you a well-rounded scientist” Amal Mohamed Dameer is a medical doctor and also a third year PhD candidate at RMIT University. She has a passion for combining medicine and science to uncover new … More STEMM Profile: Amal Mohamed Dameer | Medical Doctor & PhD Student | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Steph Lamont-Friedrich | Gi3, Head of Life Sciences/Biomed for SA, R&D Tax | Deloitte Australia | Adelaide | SA

“Women just starting out need to know that majority of us don’t know exactly where we want to end up. It is absolutely more than okay to try and fail a million times, as long as you’re still moving forward and still trying. Trust yourself and think about what you want your future to look … More STEMM Profile: Steph Lamont-Friedrich | Gi3, Head of Life Sciences/Biomed for SA, R&D Tax | Deloitte Australia | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Kathryn Burdon | Professor & Professorial Research Fellow | Menzies Institute for Medical Research | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

“If you’re passionate about something or it makes you happy, find a way to do it, regardless of how other people might categorise it, or you” Professor Kathryn Burdon is a Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. Her research aims to identify genetic causes of blindness and visual … More STEMM Profile: Kathryn Burdon | Professor & Professorial Research Fellow | Menzies Institute for Medical Research | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM Profile: Priya Rani | Sessional Academic | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

“Continued learning helps me to understand and appreciate things and people around me. It helps in changing the perceptions and discovering new ways of relating to people from different cultural backgrounds” Dr Priya Rani is currently working as a sessional academic staff at RMIT University. She is also professionally associated with Institute of Electrical and … More STEMM Profile: Priya Rani | Sessional Academic | RMIT University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Rubaiyea Farrukee | Roche Postdoctoral Fellow | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

“In academia the ‘publish or perish’ mentality means that any career break can lead to a gap in publishing, which ends up having long term detrimental effect on a women’s ‘track record’. Personally, this challenge is deterring me from having children of my own as I am wary of the impact on my career” I … More STEMM Profile: Rubaiyea Farrukee | Roche Postdoctoral Fellow | University of Melbourne | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Emma Knight | Adelaide Medical School | Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | The University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

“To maximise my productivity, I work two consecutive days and I choose my workdays to avoid public holidays as I can’t afford to lose half of my working week to a public holiday” I am a Senior Biostatistician with the Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) Study at the University of Adelaide. ENDIA is a … More STEMM Profile: Emma Knight | Adelaide Medical School | Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | The University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Cut Aja Fauziah | PhD Student in Petroleum Engineering | Curtin University | Perth | WA

“Women often receive ‘stereotype threat’ in STEMM fields, such a society and system that still assume that women have less skill sets, so that the women are hesitant to enter such fields, and they have to deal with the negativity and bias from their workplaces. Especially the women from minority groups are even doubly subjected … More STEMM Profile: Cut Aja Fauziah | PhD Student in Petroleum Engineering | Curtin University | Perth | WA

STEMM Profile: Niveditha Vathsangam | Immunologist | MiniFab Pty Ltd | Melbourne | VIC

“Everyone makes mistakes and face their own battles. But my advice would be to not let it define you. Let it mould you instead. Sometimes, things are only as big as we make them” Dr Niveditha Vathsangam is an immunologist by education currently working as a Scientist at MiniFab Pty Ltd to create ground-breaking microfluidic … More STEMM Profile: Niveditha Vathsangam | Immunologist | MiniFab Pty Ltd | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Kristin Edwards | Research Fellow | James Cook University | Townsville | QLD

“Pay close attention to the evidence of ‘pre-threshold alarms’; the increase of healthcare service activity that indicate volume stress. Researchers see it in the data, and we hear it through the surveys and interviews of healthcare providers at the bedside. We can’t afford to risk safety and quality in Australian healthcare” Research Fellow Kristin Edwards’ … More STEMM Profile: Kristin Edwards | Research Fellow | James Cook University | Townsville | QLD

STEMM Profile: Alena Pribyl | Senior Scientist | Microba | Brisbane | QLD

Everyone approaches problem solving differently and to advance our knowledge we need a wide variety of perspectives to think of solutions and beneficial applications that others have not come up with yet Dr Alena Pribyl is the Senior Scientist with Australian gut microbiome analysis experts Microba, yet her journey started a fair way from the … More STEMM Profile: Alena Pribyl | Senior Scientist | Microba | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Tegan Cheng | Group Leader – EPIC Lab | Kids Research | Children’s Hospital at Westmead | Sydney | NSW

“As much as I try and plan my life out, it doesn’t end up that way. Many good things in my career have come down to a combination of hard work and good fortune – like Seneca said ‘luck occurs when preparation meets opportunity’” Dr Tegan Cheng is Group Leader of the EPIC Lab and … More STEMM Profile: Tegan Cheng | Group Leader – EPIC Lab | Kids Research | Children’s Hospital at Westmead | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Morley Muse | Environmental Engineer | PhD researcher | Victoria University | Melbourne | VIC

“I am a very determined person and believe in giving opportunities my best. I believe in hard work and diligence. I also believe that we should not allow the fear of rejection to hold us back” Morley Muse is an Environmental engineer and a doctorate researcher at Victoria University. Her expertise and skills are biofuels … More STEMM Profile: Morley Muse | Environmental Engineer | PhD researcher | Victoria University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Asma Aziz | Electrical Engineer | Lecturer | School of Engineering | Deakin University | Melbourne | VIC

“I grew up as the only girl child in my family of all engineers. My father-my inspiration was a mechanical engineer in Military Engineering Services. Joining a STEMM field was my passion since childhood. Under the influence of my family encouragement, I became the first and only female electrical engineer in all my extended family” … More STEMM Profile: Asma Aziz | Electrical Engineer | Lecturer | School of Engineering | Deakin University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dr Jiao Jiao Li | Biomedical Engineer & NHMRC Early Career Fellow | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Whether we’re talking about collaborators or mentors and mentees, it’s important to try and see things from the other person’s perspective, respect diversity and differences in values and opinion, and support others in a way that is mutually beneficial” Dr Jiao Jiao Li (JJ) is a biomedical engineer and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the … More STEMM Profile: Dr Jiao Jiao Li | Biomedical Engineer & NHMRC Early Career Fellow | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Maria Ikonomopoulou | Senior Research TALENTO Fellow | Head, Translational Venomics Group | IMDEA-Food Institute | Madrid | Spain

“I always try to see the big picture, to not get sidetracked by disappointments or difficulties and to interact with positive and career-driven people, who can help me to keep on pushing my boundaries” I am the Head of the Translational Venomics Group at IMDEA-Food Institute in Madrid, Spain and a Senior Research TALENTO Fellow … More STEMM Profile: Maria Ikonomopoulou | Senior Research TALENTO Fellow | Head, Translational Venomics Group | IMDEA-Food Institute | Madrid | Spain

STEMM Profile: Ajani De Vas Gunasekara | PhD student & Teaching Associate | School of Mathematics | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“Mathematics is a beautiful subject built on logic. Like an artist turns his imagination into a fine drawing, a mathematician turns his imagination into theorems, lemmas and conjectures” Ajani De Vas Gunasekara is a PhD candidate and Teaching Associate in the School of Mathematics at Monash University with a great interest in discrete mathematics. Her … More STEMM Profile: Ajani De Vas Gunasekara | PhD student & Teaching Associate | School of Mathematics | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Khatora Opperman | PhD student | South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

“One of the great parts about science is the diversity. I am proud of all of aspects of my career, from research, to teaching, to scientific communication, to community outreach” Khatora Opperman is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, working within the world-leading Research Institute, SAHMRI. She competed her undergraduate studies … More STEMM Profile: Khatora Opperman | PhD student | South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

STEMM Profile: Patricia Wolf | Bioinformatician | Microba | Brisbane | QLD

“In my experience, multicultural teams are great because everyone has life experiences that enrich a team by working together” Patricia Wolf is a Bioinformatician with Brisbane’s Microba – world leading gut microbiome analysis company, but she hails from a fair distance across the seas, Chile. Ms Wolf graduated in 2013 as a Biotechnologist from the … More STEMM Profile: Patricia Wolf | Bioinformatician | Microba | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM Profile: Mayase Jere | Senior Delivery Lead | REA Group | Melbourne | VIC

“You will find yourself at times as the one woman at the table. Remember you are never alone. Many are beside you on other tables and you are giving courage to another woman to pull up a chair beside you. And don’t forget the vast majority coming after you. Your voice is needed to shape … More STEMM Profile: Mayase Jere | Senior Delivery Lead | REA Group | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Raffaella Demichelis | Senior Research Fellow | Curtin University | Perth | Western Australia

“Perfection does not belong to our world – unfortunately – and learning to deal with the fact that conditions are rarely ideal is key to achieving goals. There is always something to learn in every situation. Many of my best outcomes and most creative ideas are the result of overcoming difficulties I did not expect” … More STEMM Profile: Raffaella Demichelis | Senior Research Fellow | Curtin University | Perth | Western Australia

STEMM Profile: Zain Akram | School of Medical Science | Menzies Health Institute Queensland | Griffith University | Gold Coast | Queensland

“Better communication about science would give people an understanding so that they can hopefully appreciate the benefits of vaccines and other important interventions. I communicate my PhD journey through social media” Zain Akram is from Sargodha, Punjab Pakistan. She did her undergraduate from Air Base Inter College Sargodha (it’s a Pakistan Air Force School And … More STEMM Profile: Zain Akram | School of Medical Science | Menzies Health Institute Queensland | Griffith University | Gold Coast | Queensland

STEMM Profile: Gala Camacho | Head of Analytics; Mathematician | Neighbourlytics | Melbourne | VIC

“These experiences established a more robust confidence for me. Confidence that what I see and experience, others also see and experience – and that I am just the one to say it out loud. Confidence that I can learn technical and complex things, and that although I might not do great at showing that in … More STEMM Profile: Gala Camacho | Head of Analytics; Mathematician | Neighbourlytics | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Jocelyne Mulangala | PhD Student | South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | South Australia

“If you’re at the beginning of your STEMM journey, my advice is be to open to new opportunities and network! … Remember that growth only happens outside your comfort zone, so don’t be afraid to try. You are more capable than your think!” Jocelyne Mulangala is a final year PhD student at the University of … More STEMM Profile: Jocelyne Mulangala | PhD Student | South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | South Australia

STEMM Profile: Sidra Waheed | Chemical Scientist | ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials | The University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

“Imposter syndrome is real, and it really hits hard and it can stop you achieving your best. When I experience this, I usually surround myself with the people who believe in me, who have faith in me and this motivates me – I can do it!” Dr Sidra Waheed was born in regional Attock, Pakistan … More STEMM Profile: Sidra Waheed | Chemical Scientist | ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials | The University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM Profile: Carolina Gubert | Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Officer | Neural Plasticity Laboratory | The Florey Insitute of Neuroscience & Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

“I certainly would stay in research forever, that’s my passion. I basically need what all of us need: funding, a more stable situation with better job security, potentially even a permanent position!” Dr Carolina Gubert is a postdoctoral fellow and Research Officer at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia. Carolina completed … More STEMM Profile: Carolina Gubert | Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Officer | Neural Plasticity Laboratory | The Florey Insitute of Neuroscience & Mental Health | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Dilini Rajapaksha | PhD Research Student | Machine Learning Group | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“My father always tells me, you should work not just for the family, not just for the village, not just for the country, you are here to work for the world. Do not act as a frog who is inside the well. Get out of the frame. You need to go to the world. See … More STEMM Profile: Dilini Rajapaksha | PhD Research Student | Machine Learning Group | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Achini Herath | PhD Student | Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology | Swinburne University of Technology | Melbourne | Victoria

“I always loved science and always wanted to become a scientist. I think that inspiration came from my parents. So, with their guidance now, I have chosen agricultural biotechnology and I’m really enjoying it” I am Achini Herath, a PhD scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at Swinburne University of Technology. My research … More STEMM Profile: Achini Herath | PhD Student | Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology | Swinburne University of Technology | Melbourne | Victoria