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"It is incredibly important to have female role models and recognition of women’s achievements.

Part of being able to become a successful scientist is to have the confidence to try."


Professor Emma Johnston

 
 
 
  
 
 


Join us to participate in what promises to be an important, inspiring and informative day. Lunch will be provided, along with networking drinks and canapes at the conclusion. 


Q&A: If you would like to submit questions to the Getting There: Recipes for Success panel discussion please send them to Deborah.Smith@unsw.edu.au

 

About the Symposium

Designed to showcase the achievements of women in science, this symposium will celebrate the successes of some of our best-known female scientists and explore the challenges of achieving leadership in science. To be held in Scientia from 9.30 to 3.30 on Friday 14 August, it will bring together some of the nation’s top female scientists who will share their insights and experiences as leaders in academia, research, industry and government.

The event will be hosted by UNSW Dean of Science Professor Merlin Crossley and opened by UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, who has identified improving gender equity as an important priority for UNSW.

Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Museum Kim McKay AO will be Chair of the day's proceedings. 

Speakers include NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O'Kane, leading industry executives Dr Megan Baldwin, and Maria Halasz, and Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

Male and female UNSW staff and Dr Rebecca Johnson from the Australian Museum will discuss recipes for success at different stages of their careers. ABC TV Lateline presenter Emma Alberici will interview female leaders about the myths and challenges facing them as top managers and role models.

Peter Bailey, a member of the Male Champions of Change group and CEO and Chair of Arup, will speak about his personal commitment to fostering diversity and the initiatives that have won the company many awards and accolades for its achievements in this area. Chair of Pottinger Cassandra Kelly will outline the power of mentoring in both the public and private sector.

With gender issues in the news, Associate Professor Lynn Corcoran (WEHI), Professor Prem Ramburuth (UNSW) and Louise McSorley (Workplace Gender Equality Agency) will provide an overview of different approaches to gender equity, including the SAGE program and Athena SWAN charter. 

 

Add your name to the waitlist - the event is curently at capacity.
 

 


Symposium Program

 

 Time

Presenter

Subject

   

9:00am

 

9:30am

Registration Opens

 

Chair of the event:

Kim McKay, AO

Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Museum

 

Coffee and Tea served

 

Welcome 

 

9:35am

Professor Ian Jacobs

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor

 

Opening comments

9:45am

 

UNSW Science video presentation

Speakers:

Professor Angela Moles

UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor Catherine Greenhill

UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Director, UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology  

 

Celebrating UNSW Women in Science

10:25am

Dr Lisa Williams

UNSW School of Psychology

 

 

Benefits of a Diverse Workplace

 10:50am Catered morning tea break

 

11:10am

 

Kim McKay AO

Speakers:

Professor Merlin Crossley

UNSW Dean of Science

Professor Emma Johnston

UNSW School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Rebecca Johnson

Director Australian Museum Research Institute

Professor Peter Lovibond

UNSW School of Psychology

Deputy Dean of Science  

 

 

Panel Discussion 

Getting There: Recipes for Success

 

 

11:45am

Emma Alberici

Speakers

Professor Mary O'Kane

NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Dr Megan Baldwin

CEO Circadian Technologies

Maria Halasz

CEO of Cellmid Pty Ltd

Dr Kate Wilson

Executive Director, Science Division

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage 

 

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Women in Leadership: Myths and Challenges

 12:40pm Catered Lunch Break

 

1:15 pm

 

Cassandra Kelly

Executive Chair of Pottinger

 

 

The Power of Mentoring

1:40pm 

 

Associate Professor Lynn Corcoran

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Professor Prem Ramburuth

President UNSW Academic Board

Louise McSorley 

Acting Director Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency

 

Gender Equity on the Agenda in Australia

 

 

2:20pm

Peter Bailey

CEO Arup

Representative Male Champions for Change

 

Male Champions: driving gender equality in science and engineering workplaces.

2:55pm

Kim McKay AO

Summary of key issues by event Chair

 

3:10pm

 

 

Professor Merlin Crossley

 

Closing statements by Dean

 3:20pm Catered Networking Drinks and Nibbles