Update on the SAGE Forum

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.

SAGE Forum 2014 David_Ruebain_Chief_Executive_Equality_Challenge_UnitWe anticipate that a call for applications from Australian science organisations wishing to participate in this pilot will be circulated widely in mid-June, and that the two-year pilot involving 16–20 Australian organisations will commence in August. There will be a modest cost associated with participation in the pilot, and organisations wishing to be involved will require leadership endorsement as part of the application process.

In addition to running the Pilot, the Australian Academy of Science will also run various activities and events to promote SAGE and create awareness of our mission to improve gender equity in STEM. This will include an annual SAGE Forum (the next tentatively planned for early-mid 2016), as well as establishing a new website, newsletter and social media. Details will follow.

How you can remain involved in SAGE

Participate in the SAGE Pilot: please send me an email to discuss your institution’s interest in joining the SAGE Pilot. Organisations will have an opportunity to apply formally in May.

Support our annual SAGE Symposium: to help continue the excellent work of the SAGE Forum, see our sponsorship packages.

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Donate to the SAGE program: your contribution will help promote gender equity through training, education and resources for the Australian Athena SWAN Charter, as well as public resources to enhance awareness of gender equity and diversity in STEMM.

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I look forward to working with you to support the success of the SAGE Initiative.

Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, SAGE Program Manager