Celebrating women in STEMM

8 March 2017

In celebrating International Women's Day we collect some of the amazing stories and achievements of our students, researchers and staff.

This International Women’s Day asks Australians to #BeBoldForChange by encouraging inclusive and better working environments.

The day aims to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, further women’s education, challenge conscious and un-conscious bias, promote gender-balanced leadership, create flexible and safe working cultures and value women’s and men’s contributions equally.

To celebrate the extraordinary contributions and successes of our many women students, alumni and researchers, and our firm commitment to advancing gender equity, we invite you to look back on some recent highlights:

Winner of a 2017 Australia-Harvard fellowship, Professor Zdenka Kuncic will be working at Harvard for two months later this year, collaborating on a project that offers hope of better treatment for cancer patients. 

PhD student Xanthe Croot from the School of Physics is working to invent the future with exciting cross-disciplinary research.


Learn more about Agriculture Professor Margaret Barbour who joined 75 other women scientists in a year-long program intending to increase the influence and impact of women with a background in science.

Associate Professor Renae Ryan has recently been appointed to lead our gender equity program as the Academic Director for SAGE.

Follow PhD student Julia De Bruyn to Africa for her latest research project.

Find out more about Calida Tang who studies a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws and plays the viola in the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Associate Professor Robyn Alders, a veterinarian and researcher with m.ore than 20 years’ experience of working with smallholders in Africa and Asia has recently been awarded the Mitchell Humanitarian Award for her work.

Read about Professor Jennifer Byrne and why she’s concerned about questionable research papers that show evidence of scientific fraud.

Discover how physics PhD student Atiyeh Zarifi is changing the world one wavelength at a time

Chiara Neto

Associate Professor Chiara Neto and her team are working on a new material inspired by nature could lead to the ability to capture water from air.

Take a look back at our Women in Maths panel hosted at the University in January 2017.

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