International day for women and girls in science

15 Feb 2019

AIBN is dedicated to advancing the careers of all our researchers.

Our Institute is dedicated to finding solutions to society’s problems; facilitating achievement of gender equality in STEM is an important and necessary part of that vision.The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women. This Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

We asked some of our amazing female researchers for their thoughts on how to get more girls into science. 

Computational Biologist and Group Leader Associate Professor Jessica Mar wants to wants to make it clear to girls that being a scientist is one of the best jobs in the world!

PhD Candidate Rebecca Lane is researching breast cancer diagnosis and monitoring, and wants to see stronger female role models for future scientists

Dr Nasim Amiralian is researching how to improve the properties of plastics using nano particles, and she believes that to get more girls into science we need to build the cultural belief that women can do science and have strong leadership capabilities.

PhD student Katarzyna Kępa is researching the structure properties relationship of cellulose nanofibres and wants to see more positive female role models in engineering and science.

Postdoc Dr Ekaterina Nam is researching cancer immunotherapies. She is impressed with some of the great support that UQ offers women in science including fathers' paternity leave and AIBN's Kid-friendly workspace.