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A discussion about ‘The Future of Science: women’, has to start with stats to find some context for having to separate the sexes and bring three brilliant women to the table for what was an intelligent, sensible and detailed look at the current and future of science in Australia.
And significant in those stats is the fact that more than half of science PhD graduates are women, but, only one-fifth of science academics are women.
Telling their stories about the barriers they faced, their career paths, personal triumphs and failures were Emma Johnston, Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW, Professor Nalini Joshi, the University of Sydney’s first female professor of mathematics and Professor Tanya Monro, a physicist who was the inaugural director of the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide.
A formidable threesome who can and will be at the forefront of change in systems that are mired in old world methods and a barrier to getting the best from across the spectrum of the world of science.