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 Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia: Call for Applications

SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia: Call for Applications

Over a two-year period, up to 20 universities, medical research institutes and publicly funded research agencies will be selected to participate in the SAGE Pilot. The Pilot will commence in August 2015 and require participants to collect, analyse and present data on gender equity policies and practices in STEM departments, as well as identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. Participants will work towards an Athena SWAN Award at the Institutional Bronze level, which is a mandatory requirement for future Silver and Gold awards at the institutional and departmental levels.

**Call for applications are now closed for STEM institutions to participate in the SAGE Pilot.** Read more

Update on the SAGE Forum

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.

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