STEMM Profile: Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM | Scientist, Executive, Entrepreneur | Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering | Women in STEMM Australia | Melbourne | VIC

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM [Image: Bizzarri Photography]

“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 AM 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) Steering Committee and Expert Advisory Group since inception and 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.

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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


How to sail smoothly from academia to industry – Nature (2018)

STEM mentoring scheme boosts students links to industry – The Australian (2018)

What does a future-ready PhD graduate look like?

Women in STEM has been given a $4.5 million boost, and the promise of an ambassador, but is it enough? Smart Company (2018)

Calls for an End to ‘Manels’ and conference gender imbalance – Healthcare IT (2018)


Crossing the Cultural Divide – Science meets Business – Thought Leadership Series – Refraction Media (2017)

‘When women succeed we all succeed’: how to get more women into STEMM careers – SBS News (2017)

Know your why – Growing Tall Poppies (2017)

Industry Mentoring – What’s it all about? The RED Alert – La Trobe University (2017)

Changing the Status Quo – Life Science Network(2017)

Stella Young, Peta Searle and Carrie Bickmore named on Victorian Honour Roll of Women – Herald Sun (2017)

Your science career: making a strategic plan – Chemistry in Australia – republished on LinkedIn (2017)

The Year that Made me – ABC Radio National (2017)


National Science Week: Women in science through Australia’s history – ABC RN Drive (2016)

Women in STEMM interview – Pyne & Marles – Sky News – Television (2016)

SAGE Pilot Launch Panel – Australian Parliament House (2016)

How to balance gender in STEM – Science meets Business – Refraction Media (2015)

SAGE pilot interview – ABC News 24 – Joe O’Brien – Television (2015)

Melbourne Uni offers women’s-only maths jobs – The Age (2016)


Seven myths about scientists debunked – The Conversation (2015) – in the Top ten Science + Technology stories by readership in 2015

Gender Equity in Materials Science and Engineering – Materials for the 21st Century Conference (2015)

Boys’ hold broken as girls step up for science Olympiads – The Australian (2015)

Women in science interview – The Guardian (2015)

Celebrating Women in Science – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (2015)

The Value of Mentoring – Chemistry in Australia – republished Women in STEMM Australia (2015)


Explainer: What are neurogenetic diseases? The Conversation (2014)

Women scientists work to right wrongs with Wikibomb – ABC The World Today (2014)

The challenges facing early career scientists – ABC RN Life Matters (2014)

Early career scientists trapped in perpetual adolescence – ABC RN Life Matters (2014)

Australia can nurture growth and prosperity through biology – The Conversation (2014)

ECR’s in a National Science Academy Framework – Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea – Early Career Researcher Conference – Royal Society of New Zealand – Wellington (2014)

We are all made of stars – The Conversation (2014) – Acknowledgement


Inspiring Science: Fast-track into teaching – The Conversation (2013)

Too many PhDs? ABC RN Big Ideas (2013)

Mixed views on whether Australia is producing too many PhDs – Australian Science Communicators (2013)


Australian Financial Review – Higher Education Awards (2018-present)

Eureka Prizes (2017-present)

CRC Association – Showcasing Early Career Researchers (2018-2019)

Victorian Honour Roll of Women (2017-2019)

EMCR Forum ‘Inspire Australia’ Competition – Thinkable (2015)


Associate Editor – Australasia and peer reviewer – Gene TherapySpringer Nature

Peer reviewer – Molecular Therapy, Annals of Neurology, Human Gene Therapy, Frontiers in Genetics, PLoS One

National Health and Medical Research Council – Australia (2009-present)

Medical Research Council – UK (2013-present)

Various philanthropic organisations (2009-present)

Photo: A. Bizzarri Photography