This week’s post comes from Louise Johansson who leads the development and implementation of the diversity and inclusion strategy and policy at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). Women in Science AUSTRALIA would like to congratulate WEHI Director, Professor Doug Hilton who was recently honoured in the Queen’s birthday awards as an Officer of … More 40,000+ Years of Custodianship, One Century of Medical Discoveries
Wonderful. You’ve made the right step – you’re in science. That means you know how to pose a question, collect data, and propose an answer to the question. That’s a critical skill for careers and enables you to transition from science to almost anything from medicine to business. I must confess that I did a … More A Life In Science
I read a brilliant article this month by my very talented friend Dr Darren Saunders on “What can men do to stem the exodus of women from science?”. Many points in his article I found quite sobering, particularly that women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers but just 17% … More Why I left research — and what would have made me and other women stay
All around Australia, there are remarkable women in science investigating dark matter, studying volcanoes, discovering new species, developing disease treatments, designing better solar panels and understanding the latest nanotechnology and personalised medicine. But there are also remarkable women developing science and health policies, administering research grants, commercializing prototypes, nailing patent law and teaching the next … More Celebrating Remarkable Women in STEMM – International Women’s Day 2016
I am a second year PhD student and, naturally, I spend a fair bit of my time wondering whether I should I pursue academic research as a career. For the first time in my life, I am considering my gender in my decision. Stats don’t lie In my experience, gender discrimination isn’t rampant at an … More Where to from here?
I was lucky enough to spend the first three days of November at “Junket”, an “un-conference” run by the team from junkee.com. Two hundred of the best and brightest young minds in Australia came together to talk about the issues that are important for Australia today and for our future. No slides, no speakers, no … More Women in STEM at the first Junket
Last Wednesday was a historic day – so remember it: September 16th, 2015. This was the day the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN program was launched at Parliament House in Canberra. The SAGE Pilot The SAGE Pilot will recognise research organisations that support the progression and professional development of … More CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WOMEN IN SCIENCE IN AUSTRALIA
ONE WOMAN’S STORY Marguerite Evans-Galea is one of a number of women pursuing research science as a profession. She graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Science and a Post-graduate Diploma of Science, and then completed her PhD at The University of New South Wales. Developing an international … More Lessons Learned as a Woman Scientist
Trainees in science often express the need for ‘a mentor’. What does this mean and what should mentees and mentors expect? What is a mentor? The Macquarie dictionary definition is ‘a wise and trusted counsellor’. A mentor is someone with more experience, often older (although not always), who helps and guides another individual’s development. This … More The Value of Mentoring
Women in science have shaped so much of our world today, from Marie Curie’s contributions in the field of radioactivity to Rosalind Franklin’s work on X-ray diffraction images of DNA. The recent appointment of Professor Anne Kelso as CEO at NHMRC further highlights the critical role women play in science, medicine and research. I have … More What Women in Science Really Need?