Professor Caroline McMillen is the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President and a Member of the SAGE Steering Committee
In this video, Professor Caroline McMillen talks about the importance of the program from the perspective of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, one of 32 institutions participating in the SAGE Pilot. Professor McMillen says:
I came into my science career some 30 years ago and it was very clear, as a young scientist, that the problems of gender discrimination, of issues of equity and women’s careers were really off the path. What I have found, 30 years later, is that the problem has not been solved. It’s not a pipeline problem – it’s a systems problem.
On the 15 September 2015, the SAGE Pilot was officially launched at Parliament House. The event was attended by Ministers, funding and policy stakeholders, and representatives from the 32 institutions who are participating in the Pilot. This video provides highlights of the event, where leaders discuss the importance of the SAGE Pilot in transforming gender equity and diversity in Australian science.
The video features Ministers who convene the Parliamentary Friends of Science and Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, who hosted our event. The video also includes interviews with members of the SAGE Steering Committee who explain the benefits of improving equity and diversity.
Professor Jenny Martin is an NHMRC Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, and served on the SAGE Steering Committee from 2014 to Dec 2015. She has stepped down from this role as she prepares to begin her role as Director of the Eskitis Drug Discovery Institute at Griffith University in Brisbane in March 2016.
SAGE extends our heartfelt thanks to Jenny for her contribution to the SAGE Steering Committee. Jenny is a true champion of gender equity. Read more
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
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.