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.
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.
What can stars and planets beyond our solar system teach us about gender equity? Does it matter how we tell our scientific stories? And who do we think of when we imagine effective science? In celebration of International Women’s Day, SAGE Project Officer Dr Rachel Morgain presented her research on gender in astronomy, physics and Doctor Who to the Policy and Projects Section at Australian Academy of Science, on behalf of SAGE.