Race, gender, science - The University of Sydney

Race, gender, science

Conversation with Angela Saini, Tim Soutphommasane and Renae Ryan.

The speakers

Angela is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster. She presents radio and television programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, Prospect, The Sunday Times, Wired, and National Geographic

Angela's latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published by 4th Estate in May 2019 to enormous critical acclaim, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Foyles Book of the Year. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017, winning the Physics World Book of the Year.

In 2018 Angela was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK. She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. 

Angela is an advisory board member of the Royal Institution and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. She is on the board of the Association of British Science Writers and a member of the RSA's Disinformation Advisory Group. In 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association.

Renae received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2004. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health in the USA, Renae returned to the University of Sydney and was appointed as Associate Professor in the Sydney Medical School in 2010. Professor Ryan uses structural biology and biophysical techniques to investigate molecular pumps that transport amino acids into cells and designs novel compounds that target these pumps to treat diseases including chronic pain and cancer.

Renae is the Academic Director of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Program at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about improving Diversity and Inclusion in higher education and dedicated to mentoring young researchers. She has received several prestigious awards and fellowships including a NSW Tall Poppy Award and a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship.

Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory). He is also Director, Culture Strategy at the University.

A political theorist and human rights advocate, from 2013 to 2018 Tim was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.

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