Science 50:50 - Inspiring Young Women into Science


Professor Veena Sahajwalla - Materials Scientist

Professor Emma Johnston - Marine Biologist

Professor Michelle Simmons - Quantum Physicist

What is Science 50:50?

Science 50:50 is a program that aims to inspire Australian girls and young women to pursue degrees and careers in science and technology, so they can succeed in an innovation-driven future. Science 50:50 makes the simple point – since half the population is female, why not half the scientists and technologists?  Learn More >>

What are we doing?

Engaging girls with science and technology via school visits, Science 50:50’s audio visual resources, the media and online resources - recruiting the help of universities, research organisations and industries.

Facilitating industry immersion, mentoring and networking opportunities to enable girls to get experience and a foot into scientific careers.

Running a Science 50:50 New Innovators Competition offering university scholarships to the girls who submit the most original and innovative ideas for solving real world problems.

Creating a high quality, engaging video series featuring extraordinary women in research, industry, media and politics.

Creating this web portal run by UNSW Science to introduce and showcase Australian innovators, to link aspiring girls and young women to dedicated 50:50 mentors.

Get Involved

Science 50:50 aims to build a network of speakers and mentors and to broker new internship opportunities for female students across Australia’s science and technology industries. 

  • Do you know an aspiring young scientist who you would like to nominate into the program?
  • Are you an established scientist interesting in mentoring an aspiring young scientist?
  • Can you host a young researcher in the form of an internship or work experience, or provide other practical support?

Contact Us:

Program Leader Veena Sahajwalla: | (02) 9385 4426