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GenWomen: Scientists Smash the Glass Ceiling

Six women. Six generations of science. Join us as we celebrate leading women scientists from a variety of generations who will share their personal stories on being a successful woman in a male-dominated field.

When: Friday, August 17 2018. 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Where: Giant Dwarf Theatre
199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016
Cost: $25 adults; $22 concessions (plus venue booking fee)
Bookings: https://giantdwarf.com.au/events/gen-women/

Six women. Six generations of science. Join us as we celebrate leading women scientists who will share their personal stories on being a successful woman in a male-dominated field. Hear the different perspectives of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s as they share their experiences and challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions about what being a scientist means.

Women are often squeezed out of scientific careers by structural barriers and assumptions, leading to a loss of expertise, knowledge and talent. This evening aims to showcase how this is changing over time. However, with all the breakthroughs in modern science, why aren’t we celebrating the contribution of women to science? Why must women be forced to be either a female, or a scientist? It’s time for women to don their space suits and rocket through the glass ceiling!

Team 20s: Kirsten Banks, a Wiradjuri woman, a physicist, an Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory, a passionate science communicator and an avid Twitter user.

Team 30s: Dr Nural Cokcetin, a microbiologist who studies honey, awarded best science communicator in Famelab Australia 2017, and self-confessed pun-lover.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Adriana Verges, a marine ecologist who studies the impact of climate change on underwater forests, and spends most of her time SCUBA diving.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Arti Agrawal, a physicist and Director of the Women in Engineering and IT programme at UTS. She is passionate about promoting diversity in STEMM, particularly surrounding race and sexuality.

Team 50s: Professor Jane Latimer, a medical researcher and STEMM advisor, working with the federal government and the Academies of Science to develop strategies to increase the representation of female research leaders in STEMM.

Team 60s: Professor Elizabeth Elliot, an academic paediatrician, advocate for STEMM and champion for gender equity in medicine and medical research. Elizabeth works to improve the health and wellbeing for Aboriginal children in remote communities, low-middle income settings, immigration detention and children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. 

Hosted by Liv Gorman, Suvi Derkenne at Generation Women and Dr. Bottomley at UTS.

In the spirit of the evening, a percentage of all tickets sales will be donated to a chosen charity.

Contact details:

Amy Bottomley
UTS
Email: amy.bottomley@uts.edu.au
Phone: 0410 386 966

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