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