Science in Australia Gender Equity interviewed David Ruebain, CEO of Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in the United Kingdom (UK). ECU manages a range of equity and diversity initiatives in the UK, including the Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter. Athena SWAN is a gender equity evaluation and accreditation program for higher education and research institutes.
David spoke with us about the importance of equity and diversity work and its growing prominence on the leadership agenda of universities, research institutes and businesses worldwide.
The first annual SAGE Symposium is fast approaching on 24 June at the Maritime Museum in Sydney. Science and technology experts, business and policy leaders will examine ways to enhance gender equity and create a more diverse and innovative STEMM sector in Australia.
The Symposium will feature prominent leaders in STEMM, gender equity and diversity. Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Males Champions of Change Founder Elizabeth Broderick will deliver the keynote address. Our plenary talks also include Ita Buttrose, Pioneer in Australian women’s journalism and 2013 Australian of the Year, and David Ruebain, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, United Kingdom.
Other esteemed speakers include Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane, and President of the Australian Academy of Science Professor Andrew Holmes.
Tickets are almost sold out for our Symposium, but limited tickets are still available for our Cocktail Party. This special event provides an exclusive opportunity for guests to socialise with keynote speakers along with Fellows of both Academies, who represent Australia’s greatest scientific minds and innovators. This networking event celebrates women in STEMM and national collaboration to enhance gender equity and diversity.
The Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering have appointed Dr Wafa El-Adhami to lead their Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative.
With a research background in molecular biology and microbiology, Dr El-Adhami has held a number of senior management positions in the Australian Government, including the Department of Health and Ageing, the Office of Chemical Safety and the Occupational Health and Safety Commission. More recently she has worked internationally as a consultant specialising in health policy, regulation and clinical solutions. Read more
Representatives from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) spoke with SAGE about their gender equity work. UKAEA is an executive non-departmental public body based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. Their fusion research centre is known as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). UKAEA achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in 2015.
Dr Brian Lloyd, Jackie Costello and Dr Joanne Flanagan are members of the UKAEA Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT). The SAT leads gender equity data collection, analysis, consultation and action planning. It also coordinates the Athena SWAN Award submission.
The speakers discuss how their data analysis revealed specific opportunities for addressing gender equity in their physics and engineering workforce. They relate their experiences developing an Athena SWAN submission as a publicly funded research agency. They outline key strategies for action planning and for winning institutional support. They also highlight the role of qualitative data collection in addressing issues of flexible work and parental leave.
Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) will interview David Ruebain, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which coordinates the Athena SWAN program in the United Kingdom. David Ruebain will give practical gender equity tips from his experience managing Athena SWAN.
Professor Brian Schmidt AC FAA FRS, Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and Nobel Laureate Professor Schmidt served as SAGE Founding Co-Chair (alongside Professor Joshi) from 2014 to 2015. In this interview, Professor Schmidt talks about his commitment to gender equity in science and academia and why it is both personally and professionally important to him. Read more