Upcoming Webinar: UK Atomic Energy Authority Discuss Their Athena SWAN Experience

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) will interview Dr Brian Lloyd, Jackie Costello and Dr Joanne Flanagan, who were part of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team.

Brian Lloyd Jackie Costello Joanne Flanagan - UK Atomic EnergyAthena SWAN is an an evaluation and accreditation program in which science and technology institutions collect and analyse data to address gender equity and diversity issues within their organisations.

We’ll discuss how the UKAEA approached data collection and benchmarking for Athena SWAN, as a publicly funded body. They will speak about their qualitative research and the specific challenges they faced as an employer in the fields of engineering and physics. They will cover issues such as measuring return from maternity leave, evaluating the impact of informal flexible work arrangements, tracking the career pathways of students, and more.

Date: Thursday 2 June

Time: 5.30-6 PM AEST (8:30-9 AM UK)

Watch: Live on Google+, and also live streamed on YouTube.

For those unable to watch live, the video will be available after the event on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ScienceGenderEquityOrgAu

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Guest Bio

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It is based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, which is the UK’s national centre for fusion research and one of the world’s leading fusion research institutes. For its fusion work it uses the brand “Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE)”.

Dr Brian Lloyd is Head of the MAST Fusion Facility Experiments Department at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, in the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). He is a member of the UKAEA’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT), which was successful in attaining a Bronze Institutional Award in 2015. Dr Lloyd was responsible for coordinating the preparation of the Athena SWAN submission document.

‎Jackie Costello is Human Resources Operations Manager at UKAEA. She is a member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, ensuring recognition is given to gender equity issues within all HR activities.

Dr Joanne Flanagan is a physicist at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy at UKAEA with responsibility for the High Resolution Thomson Scattering (HRTS) diagnostic system at JET. Dr Flanagan is a member of CCFE’s Athena SWAN team, a panel member of CCFE’s accredited graduate training scheme and co-director of the Culham Plasma Physics Summer School. She leads data analysis in support of Athena SWAN SAT activities and is actively involved in communicating the work of the Athena SWAN SAT to the wider community.

About Athena SWAN

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) is running a Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia. Athena SWAN is an evaluation and accreditation program that has had tremendous success enhancing gender equity and diversity in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, especially focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

Thirty-two Australian institutions have signed up to the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN, including 25 universities, five medical research agencies and two government organisations. Athena SWAN seeks to improve the education and career outcomes of all women and to boost the recognition of underrepresented groups (such as transgender scientists, Indigenous Australian researchers and other minority groups).