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From Antarctica to Outer Space: Exploring gender equity at the extremes

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  • Sir Stanley Burbury Theatre
    Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay TAS 7005, Australia

Men often dominate the annals of exploration in Antarctica and Space. The pervasiveness of heroic white masculine leadership and exploration at the ends of the Earth and beyond, as well as more generally in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) research cultures, has meant that women and other historically excluded groups have had less access to research and remote fieldwork opportunities. For instance, although women are becoming more visible in Antarctica, they comprise only 25% of Australia’s expeditioners. Similarly, almost 90% of astronauts worldwide have been men. This session explores what the most extreme environments in the world can tell us about making STEMM workplaces more diverse and inclusive.

Hear from Associate Professor Meredith Nash is a sociologist and internationally recognised expert on leadership for women in STEMM fields, and Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker with CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, and 2020 Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

Meredith and Jess will be joined by panellists:

  • Noor Masdiana Md Said is a graduate student at the University of Tasmania in the School of Physics; and
  • Dr Chen Zhao is a postdoctoral researcher in the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

Moderated by Ryk Goodard, breakfast presenter for 936 ABC Hobart.

Arrival recommended from 5.30pm to allow time to proceed through temperature screening and to check in via the Check in Tas App.

Donations towards the Science in the Pub Women in STEM grant are greatly appreciated.

Event supported by the University of Tasmania, Inspiring Tasmania, and the Australian Antarctic Division. 

Location Information

Enter the University via Churchill Ave at the roundabout, the theatre will be on your left.