It’s a new stage in the SAGE Pilot as we welcome exciting changes in the SAGE Steering Committee. Professor Brian Schmidt has stepped down from his role as SAGE Co-Chair due to increased commitments as he prepares to take up his post as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University on 1 January 2016. We congratulate Professor Schmidt on his new role leading one of Australia’s largest universities.
Along with SAGE Co-Chair Professor Nalini Joshi, whose determination and wisdom has driven SAGE since its inception, Professor Schmidt has also been instrumental in supporting the SAGE Forum in November 2014 and the implementation of the SAGE Pilot.
Professor Schmidt remains a member of the SAGE Steering Committee and he will be integral to the development of the SAGE Pilot moving forward. We sincerely thank Professor Schmidt for his leadership in the early stages of SAGE and look forward to his continued contributions.
The SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia was officially launched on 16 September 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra. The event was hosted by two Parliamentary Friendship Groups: the Parliamentary Friends of Science and the Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering. The SAGE Launch was attended by Ministers and Senators as well as senior leaders from STEMM agencies, and representatives from each of the 32 institutions taking part in the pilot program.
Author:The Australian Academy of Science. Media contact: Bella Counihan
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The SAGE Forum Summary Report has now been published, providing a comprehensive overview of the discussion from the November 2014 SAGE Forum and the key recommendations.
I am also pleased to let you know that the Academy is well advanced in its plans to conduct an Australian pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter; the key recommendation of the SAGE Forum. A project team is in place, an agreement with the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in the UK regarding use of the Athena SWAN materials and oversight of the pilot is close to finalised, and work to raise the necessary funding is underway.