Monday, August 14, 2017
Some of Queensland’s leading women engineers, medical practitioners, scientists and science teachers will join discussions today (Monday) about the problem of gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).
Discussions will focus on why successive generations of clever, well-educated women in STEMM have trouble reaching senior levels in their field and often leave their profession early, and how this affects career choices.
Gender equity leader to chair Women in Science AUSTRALIA Expert Advisory Board
For International Women’s Day this year, Women in Science AUSTRALIA is excited to host The League of Remarkable Women in Science, an Exhibit featuring 40 women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) from around Australia. Conceived and curated by Doctor Anne-Sophie Dielen, the Exhibit caught the nation’s attention when first displayed at the National Gallery during Science Week last year. Dr Dielen will share her inspiration for the Exhibit at today’s event at the Melbourne Brain Centre.
Women in Science AUSTRALIA also announces today that their Expert Advisory Board will be led by an Australian authority on gender equity in science, Professor Sharon Bell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, Professorial Fellow at the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Over the past decade Professor Bell has conducted research on gender equity in the Australian academy and with Professor Lyn Yates from the University of Melbourne, recently completed an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant on Women in the Scientific Research Workforce: Identifying and Sustaining the Diversity Advantage. Professor Bell is also a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity initiative led by the Australian Academy of Science and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Co-Founder Doctor Marguerite Evans-Galea, a researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, says “Women in Science AUSTRALIA is on an exciting trajectory and with Professor Bell chairing our Board, we are confident the momentum will continue to build. Our philosophy is ‘pay it forward’ and we are motivated to expand leadership opportunities for women in STEMM across the nation.”
Working with Professor Bell and the other leading STEMM professionals on the Expert Advisory Board, Women in Science AUSTRALIA will connect talented young researchers with a wide range of high profile leaders in STEMM. Another important goal will be to engage with science teachers and students in schools. They are keen to connect girls with an interest in STEMM with women in STEMM. This will extend the network of women professionals across the science sector in Australia.
Michelle Gallaher 0417-784-856 @startupshelley
Marguerite Evans-Galea 0488-438-001 @MVEG001