Future of Science – Women

Future of Science – Women

Professor Tanya Monro, Professor Emma Johnston and Professor Nalini Joshi spoke at the “Future Of Science – Women” event at the National Press Club on Wednesday 30 March. The event was co-hosted by the Australian Academy of Science. The panellists argued that the culture and institutional practices within the STEMM sector must be transformed if Australia is to meet the challenges of the innovation agenda.

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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

Australia Needs Women in Science Leadership

In September 2015, the SAGE Pilot was launched in Parliament House, Canberra. The event was attended by Ministers, representatives from research funding and policy sectors, and representatives from the 32 universities and research institutions participating in the SAGE Pilot. The event included a panel discussion on why Australia needs women in science leadership. Below is a transcript of the discussion and audience questions.

Panel Members

Professor Nalini Joshi FAA FRSN, SAGE Committee Co-Chair, University of Sydney, Former Australian Academy Council Member and Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow

Dr Maggie Evans-Galea, SAGE Committee Member, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Co-Founder Women in Science Australia

Professor Sharon Bell, SAGE Committee Member, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Charles Darwin University

Moderator

Ms Lyndal Curtis, Canberra Bureau Chief, Sky News Read more

Diversity Leads to Innovation: Interview with Professor Nalini Joshi

Professor Nalini Joshi, FAA FRSN, co-Chair of the SAGE Steering Committee,  Academy Council member and Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow.

In this interview with Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), Professor Nalini Joshi, Co-Chair of SAGE, talks about the potential of the SAGE Pilot to help change the culture that currently leads to poor retention of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Nalini says:

The mechanism of SAGE is primarily to initiate local reflection and from the results of the local reflection, create action that will actually change the situation there.

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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

SAGE Leadership Update

SAGE Leadership Update

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.

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