STEMM PROFILE: Dr Michelle Zajac | Strategic Initiatives Manager | Biomedical Research Victoria | Melbourne | VIC

“I took a big risk when I decided I did not want a career in academia. I quit my postdoctoral fellowship without knowing what I would do next and trusted I would find the right space for myself” I am the Strategic Initiatives Manager at Biomedical Research Victoria (BioMedVic). BioMedVic is the peak body representing … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Michelle Zajac | Strategic Initiatives Manager | Biomedical Research Victoria | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Professor Judith Black AO | Clinician Researcher | University of Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“You can have a career and a family” Professor Judy Black studied medicine at the University of Sydney and after some years in clinical practice, undertook a PhD and commenced a career in full time medical research as a National Health and Medical research fellow She has focused on lung diseases such as asthma, smoking … More STEMM PROFILE: Professor Judith Black AO | Clinician Researcher | University of Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Michelle Wheeler | Freelance Science Journalist, Professional Writer | Perth | WA

“Share your research with the world! PhD students and early career researchers often have the best and quirkiest science stories…” Michelle Wheeler is a former science and environment reporter for The West Australian newspaper and has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Science, the Countryman, WA Today, suburban newspapers and more. … More STEMM PROFILE: Michelle Wheeler | Freelance Science Journalist, Professional Writer | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Rosanne Guijt, PhD | Senior Lecturer | Lab on a Chip | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

“I have seen women take on more masculine behaviours to succeed. I am passionate about my research, but if moving ahead means compromising some of my values, I would find this very difficult on a personal and professional level” I hold an undergraduate degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University and a PhD from Delft … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Rosanne Guijt, PhD | Senior Lecturer | Lab on a Chip | University of Tasmania | Hobart | TAS

STEMM Profile: Professor Mary-Anne Williams | Computer Scientist in Robotics | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Scientists want to make a difference, create more leadership opportunities for women. Engage them! Excite them! Understand and recognise their efforts!” Professor Mary-Anne Williams is listed on the Robohub‘s inaugural Top 25 Women in Robotics (2013). She has a PhD in Computer Science, Masters in Law, and is a leading authority in artificial intelligence with … More STEMM Profile: Professor Mary-Anne Williams | Computer Scientist in Robotics | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Catherine Boxhall | Intellectual Property Lawyer | DibbsBarker | Sydney | NSW

“I like to understand things – we are incredible creatures that live in a mind-blowingly amazing universe and science helps us in part to understand that.  I love that science helps us to care for ourselves and our planet…” Catherine Boxhall is a senior lawyer in DibbsBarker’s intellectual property and technology practice, working closely with … More STEMM Profile: Catherine Boxhall | Intellectual Property Lawyer | DibbsBarker | Sydney | NSW

STEMM Profile: Dr Aldeida Aleti | Information Technologist | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

“When I doubt myself, I listen to those who don’t” Dr Aldeida Aleti was born in communist Albania and during the time its leader isolated the country from the rest of the world. Despite the tough economic times the country was going through, mainly due to policies stressing self-reliance, Aldeida’s childhood was a happy one. … More STEMM Profile: Dr Aldeida Aleti | Information Technologist | Monash University | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Professor Karen Gibb | Environmental Microbiologist | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

“… I immediately suggest ways we can recover and try to show by example that a rejection is not the end of the world. Acting that out is a quick road to recovery” Professor Karen Gibb is an environmental microbiologist with 28 years research experience. She leads the Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit (ECMU) which … More STEMM Profile: Professor Karen Gibb | Environmental Microbiologist | Charles Darwin University | Darwin | NT

STEMM Profile: Dr Misty Jenkins | Laboratory Head, Cellular Immunologist | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Melbourne | VIC

“I love the discovery, I love the creativity of brainstorming a problem, and designing an approach to tackle it. Science is all around us, and is just about making observations and interpretations. How could you not love that?” Dr Misty Jenkins is a Laboratory Head and cellular immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Misty has … More STEMM Profile: Dr Misty Jenkins | Laboratory Head, Cellular Immunologist | Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM Profile: Céline d’Orgeville | Instrument Scientist (Laser Physics) | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

“As I became the first ever pregnant engineer in my organisation, people there had zero advice to offer me and I was left to figure out on my own whichever critical adjustments I would need to make” Céline d’Orgeville is an Associate Professor and Instrument Scientist (Laser Physics) at the Australian National University Research School … More STEMM Profile: Céline d’Orgeville | Instrument Scientist (Laser Physics) | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

STEMM Profile: Alex Atkins | Geologist and Mining Engineer | Deloitte | Perth | WA

“I’m often frustrated by society’s polar opposite expectations for mums and for professional women – it’s impossible to meet both sets of expectations on your own and requires a reliable, non-judgemental and loving system of support” A Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Alex has two Bachelor … More STEMM Profile: Alex Atkins | Geologist and Mining Engineer | Deloitte | Perth | WA

STEMM Profile: Professor Sharon Lewin | Director | Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity | Melbourne | VIC

“… choose your battles, have confidence and stick with your vision and look after yourself, your colleagues and your younger staff at all times” Professor Sharon Lewin is the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Medicine, … More STEMM Profile: Professor Sharon Lewin | Director | Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Heather Catchpole, BSc, MSc | Head of Content | Refraction Media | Sydney | NSW

“It’s important to treat your team with respect, facilitate communication and to recognise their achievements…” Heather is the co-founder of specialist publishers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), Refraction Media. This dynamic start-up was the brainchild of Heather and co-founder Karen Taylor-Brown, who met at Cosmos Magazine, a popular science magazine, where Heather was … More STEMM PROFILE: Heather Catchpole, BSc, MSc | Head of Content | Refraction Media | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Ulrike Dackermann, PhD | Civil Engineer and Lecturer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“The work atmosphere at university … can be quite lonesome and, especially for women, it is very important to have a social network at work” Ulrike is a Lecturer/Researcher at the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS); and the proud mother of two gorgeous boys, Erik and Henry. Ulrike … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Ulrike Dackermann, PhD | Civil Engineer and Lecturer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Gretta Pecl, PhD | Marine Ecologist | University of Tasmania | Hobart |TAS

  “Whilst I am thrilled with increased awareness around gender-equity issues in science, I also worry that younger women may become less interested in science if they perceive it as a struggle and incompatible with family life. We need to also show that it is possible to have a productive career and a happy family … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Gretta Pecl, PhD | Marine Ecologist | University of Tasmania | Hobart |TAS

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kate Howell, PhD | Research Fellow | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

“It’s important for leaders … to set an example – by taking regular holidays, planning meetings at appropriate times and being open about their commitments and interests outside of work” Dr Kate Howell is currently a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at The University of Western Australia (UWA) … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Kate Howell, PhD | Research Fellow | University of Western Australia | Perth | WA

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Heather Bray | Senior Research Associate | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

“….the biggest hurdle has been remembering to remind myself that my ‘unconventional’ career path is a great strength and not compare myself to others” I think I’ve always loved learning, but agriculture became ‘my thing’ at high school. I think I was drawn to the combination of both scientific and human aspects, but it was … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Heather Bray | Senior Research Associate | University of Adelaide | Adelaide | SA

STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Rowena Ball | Applied Mathematician and Physical Chemist | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

“I gave the kids a maths extension activity involving fractals. I related it to important Indigenous country and knowledge, and just loved seeing the delight on their faces“ Rowena Ball is Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University. From 2010 to 2014 she held … More STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Rowena Ball | Applied Mathematician and Physical Chemist | Australian National University | Canberra | ACT

STEMM PROFILE: Mathilde Desselle | Programme Coordinator | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

“I will forever be grateful to the mentors who have pushed me outside of my comfort zone“ Mathilde Desselle is a programme coordinator for outreach for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) at The University of Queensland’ Institute for Molecular Bioscience. She is looking for the next antibiotic in engaging academic chemists worldwide … More STEMM PROFILE: Mathilde Desselle | Programme Coordinator | University of Queensland | Brisbane | QLD

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Melodie McGeoch, PhD | Ecologist | Monash University, Clayton | Melbourne | VIC

“It is more important to take action than to be confident” Dr Melodie McGeoch is Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, based on the Clayton Campus in Melbourne. Dr McGeoch received her PhD in 1995 from Pretoria University in South Africa and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Sheffield University in … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Melodie McGeoch, PhD | Ecologist | Monash University, Clayton | Melbourne | VIC

STEMM PROFILE: Dr Guang Hong, PhD | Engineer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Be confident and don’t think that being female is something that will hold you back in your career” Dr Guang Hong is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Dr Hong received her Master’s … More STEMM PROFILE: Dr Guang Hong, PhD | Engineer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW