Executive Director appointed to lead SAGE

Executive Director appointed to lead SAGE

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

Women in Science at the National Press Club

Women in Science at the National Press Club

Professor Nalini Joshi, SAGE Co-Chair, will be part of the Future of Science: Women panel discussion at the National Press Club on 30 March 2016. She is joined by Professor Tanya Monro, University of South Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) who, like Professor Joshi, is also a SAGE Sponsor through their ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowships; and Professor Emma Johnston, Head of the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab at The University of New South Wales.

Long gone are the days when Australian women scientists were forced to resign as soon they were married. But women are still seriously underrepresented in the sciences in Australia, and it gets worse the further up the ranks you look: in some disciplines, women comprise only one-fifth of senior positions.

So what are the barriers to women’s participation and how do they differ from those in other sectors? How do we overcome them in the current political context? And what does it mean for the future of Australian science if we don’t? Read more

Funding boost to make a difference for women in science

Funding boost to make a difference for women in science

Author: The Australian Academy of Science, 7 December 2015. Media contact: Bella Counihan

A game-changing program that aims to improve the gender balance in Australian science has been given a welcome funding boost by the Federal government.

The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program will receive new funding as part of a $13 million package targeting women in science in the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda announced today. Read more