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

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM MAICD [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 MAICD is Director, STEM Careers Strategy with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia.

Dr Evans-Galea led research in cell and gene therapy at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia. Her research and leadership have been internationally recognised with numerous awards. She is currently the Associate Editor Australasia with Gene Therapy, a Springer-Nature journal.

A leading advocate for STEM research, innovation, inclusion and allyship, Dr Evans-Galea led the development of ATSE’s flagship industry engagement program, the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS), and oversees three STEM Careers initiatives – IMNIS, STELR and the $41.2 million Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM program.

Dr Evans-Galea has represented Australia nationally and internationally through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and served on research and workforce advisory groups including the Expert Advisory Group for the SAGE initiative and Victoria’s Ministerial Council for Women. She is currently a member of the Policy Committee with Science & Technology Australia and a participant in the Women in Leadership Development Program (The WILD Program).

Dr Evans-Galea is an inductee to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

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2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, University of Queensland

2019 Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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 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