Engagement and Events

WEBINAR: Better Allies in STEMM – In Conversation with Karen Catlin

Women in STEMM Australia invites you to view our #STEMallies webinar: Better Allies in STEMM – In Conversation with Karen Catlin, found of Better Allies. After a 25-year career in the technology sector, Karen became a leadership coach and author. Her two “Better Allies” books discuss everyday actions to create inclusive, engaging workplaces and inclusive hiring practices. These books are described as “one-stop manuals for becoming a better allies” for those underrepresented in leadership. View this webinar ‘speaker view’ on-demand here (free registration). The recording runs for 1.5 hours and an Auslan interpreter is on-screen throughout. #STEMallies

#STEMMBFF CAMPAIGN 2019

Women in STEMM Australia, in partnership with The Social Science and Think Inc., gave away over 265 free tickets in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (together valued at >$26,000) to Jane Goodall’s 2019 Australian Tour: ‘Jane Goodall: Rewind the Futurepresented by Think Inc. and the Jane Goodall Institute Australia.

 

Empowering Connections in STEMM (Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne 2018) gallery

Women in STEMM Australia hosted this special event in partnership with the Rotary Club of Brunswick-Tullamarine and the Royal Society of Victoria. Five women professionals at different career stages in academia and industry, discussed the key decision-making times in their lives, what influenced their choices, and how to foster a much-needed culture shift to ensure more girls pursue STEMM education and careers, and more women in STEMM reach senior-level roles.

Connecting Women in STEMM in the Sunshine State (ScienceMuseum, Brisbane 2017) gallery

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Women in STEMM Australia hosted this special event. Four women professionals at different career stages in academia, education and industry, discussed the key decision-making times in their lives, what influenced their choices, and how to foster a much-needed culture shift to ensure more girls pursue STEMM education and careers, and more women in STEMM reach senior-level roles.

 

Connecting Women in STEMM – National Symposium 2016 (RMIT Storey Hall, Melbourne) gallery

With over 230 delegates from academic research, industry, business, education and government attending, this inaugural meeting highlighted best practices and policies, and shone the spotlight on outstanding initiatives underway in leading science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) organizations. Programs that engage girls in STEMM were also introduced, and several science teachers attended this session. Importantly, delegates extended their network across disciplines and professional sectors.

Ruby Payne-Scott Keynote – National Symposium 2016 (RMIT Storey Hall, Melbourne)

Peter-hall.ruby.payne-scottRuby Payne-Scott (28 May 1912 – 25 May 1981) was a highly regarded pioneer in radiophysics and radio astronomy, and was Australia’s first female radio astronomer.

Born in Grafton, Ruby was educated in Sydney and won two scholarships to study physics, chemistry, mathematics and botany at the University of Sydney. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Physics), Masters of Science and a Diploma of Education, Ruby did research at the University of Sydney and the CSIR (now the CSIRO), making seminal contributions in solar radioastronomy and radar. It was legislated a married woman could not hold a permanent position within the public service, but then had to leave research when she became pregnant with her first child.

Payne-Scott went on to have an outstanding career in secondary education teaching science and mathematics at Danebank Anglican School in Sydney. Ruby was a staunch advocate for women’s rights and her story has resonated with many women in STEMM.

To honour Ruby’s contribution to Australian science research and education, Women in STEMM Australia established The Ruby Payne-Scott Keynote. This prestigious Keynote recognised outstanding contributions by an individual that empowers women in STEMM. Professor Sharon Bell was the inaugural chair of Women in STEMM Australia’s Expert Advisory Board and delivered the inaugural presentation at our first National Symposium in Melbourne, 2016.

National Events and Initiatives:

National Science Week is an annual celebration of all things science in Australia: multiple events throughout the week. Visit www.scienceweek.net.au for more information.

Annual General Meetings:

Women in STEMM Australia hosts an annual general meeting (AGM) each year. This year it will be held online on Saturday, 27 November 2021 from 12 noon to 2pm. Contact us for more information.