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Call for participants: women in contemporary Australian astronomy

Project: Women in Contemporary Australian Astronomy: Where do they go? Where are they now?

You are invited to participate in the above project, which is being conducted by Amanda Coles (Supervisor) and Amanda Manypeney (PhD student) of the Department of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. Your name and contact details have been selected as you have responded to recruitment initiatives/been identified by members of the astronomy community as possessing relevant experiences in relation to the development of astronomy/alternative career pathways.

Purpose of the research

The aim of this study is to investigate alternative career pathways of Australian University PhD educated women astronomers who work outside the academic research sector. This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee.

What will I be asked to do?

Should you agree to participate, you will be asked to contribute in the following way. Participants will be required to complete a face-to-face audio-recorded interview at a time and place of their convenience. It is possible that a brief, follow-up interview will be conducted by phone or Skype to clarify any further questions.

How long is my participation expected to take?

We estimate that the time required for the interview is 60 minutes with a brief follow-up interview if needed. The total time required of you would not exceed 90 minutes.

How will my confidentiality be protected?

We intend to protect your anonymity and the confidentiality of your responses to the fullest possible extent, subject to any legal requirements. Your name and contact details will be kept in a password-protected computer file, separate from any data that you supply. The data will be kept securely in the School of Culture and Communication for five years from the date of publication, and may be destroyed after this time.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is completely voluntary. Should you wish to withdraw at any stage, or to withdraw any unprocessed data you have supplied, you are free to do so without prejudice.

What happens after the project is finished?

The results of this project will be presented in a PhD dissertation and related journal articles and presentations. These results will be available online in academic journals. It is possible that the results will be published and presented at academic conferences. Research material will de-identified and stored securely at the University of Melbourne and destroyed five years after publication of the thesis. If requested, copies of any reports or articles related to this study will be sent to you electronically.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like more information about the project, please contact the researchers; Dr Amanda Coles, or Amanda Manypeney .

What if I have any concerns about the project?

Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, please contact Ms Kate Murphy, Manager, Human Research Ethics - Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, the University of Melbourne VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or

How do I agree to participate?

If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Amanda Manypeny via email. You can read more about this project in the attached documents.

Dr Amanda Coles (Responsible Researcher)

Tel: +61 3 90357437 Email:

Ms Amanda Manypeney (PhD student) Email:

HREC Number: 1646341.1 Project Start Date: 1 March 2016


PDF icon WICAA REIPLS.pdf481.08 KB
PDF icon WICAA Sample interview guide for Astronomers Recent graduates.pdf153.03 KB




Beyond ANU

Date posted

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute