“To overcome the challenges we are yet to face, we must move beyond the way things have been done for the past 50 years and embrace equality, equity and diversity in every aspect. People make research and innovation happen… and people can drive transformational cultural shifts. With an inclusive approach, braver conversations and visionary leadership, half of our leaders will be women. This is bigger than you, it’s bigger than me. So let’s tune out the noise and make it happen”
Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea is Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia. Dr Evans-Galea is also an honorary research scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne. With a PhD in molecular biology and over 15 years experience leading translational medical research programs at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia, Dr Evans-Galea’s research and leadership has been internationally recognised with numerous awards.
Strongly committed to empowering early-mid career researchers (EMCR), she regularly mentors students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Dr Evans-Galea has developed mentoring programs in Australia and the USA and was founding chair of the EMCR Forum with the Australian Academy of Science. She has also chaired the Australian Science and Innovation Forum to coordinate Innovation Week 2015-2017.
An internationally recognised advocate for women in STEMM, Dr Evans-Galea is an active contributor to this debate through Women in STEMM Australia and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women in STEMM initiative. She also served on the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Expert Advisory Group since inception. She currently serves on the inaugural Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality in Victoria.
A strong advocate for STEMM research, education and innovation, Dr Evans-Galea has served with advisory groups in State and Federal governments, and communicates regularly on a range of science-related topics via social and mainstream media. Dr Evans-Galea has received an Australian Leadership Award, and is an Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Dr Evans-Galea was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to women in STEMM as an advocate and role model.
LinkedIn: Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea
HONOURS AND AWARDS:
2019 Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to women in STEMM as an advocate and role model
2017 Inductee and Ambassador, Victorian Honour Roll of Women
2013 Australian Leadership Award, ADC Forum
2010 Leadership Award, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
2006-2017 Numerous research grants and awards in molecular genetics, epigenetics, gene and cell therapies for a range of inherited diseases
Mackay woman’s huge honour: ‘It’s incredibly humbling’ – Daily Mercury
Numerous live and pre-recorded interviews on regional and national radio
EDITORIAL AND PEER REVIEW:
Gene Therapy – Springer Nature, Molecular Therapy, Annals of Neurology, Human Gene Therapy, Frontiers in Genetics, PLoS One
Various philanthropic organisations (2009-present)
Photo: A. Bizzarri Photography