Gender equity in academia - making it happen

Presenter/s: Professor Jenny Martin, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland

Event type: Lunchtime seminar

Event date: Wednesday, 2 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Event venue: Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR, ANU

Further information: Professor Martin's blogsite - cubistcrystal

Abstract: Women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, but less than 20% of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes. The loss of women scientists is a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment, and negatively impacts on our nation’s scientific productivity. In this lunchtime seminar Professor Jennifer Martin discussed the issues and roadblocks women face, outlined what universities and individuals can do to make change happen, and highlighted the current Academy of Science "Science in Australia Gender Equity" (SAGE) pilot of the UK Athena SWAN gender equity accreditation system.

Image credit: cubistcrystal (detail), by Jenny Martin


A PDF of Professor Martin's slideshow is attached below.
Biography: Jenny Martin is a Professor of Structural Biology and Drug Discovery at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the University of Queensland. She trained as a pharmacist in Melbourne, undertook her DPhil at Oxford University and her postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University. Jenny’s research is devoted to understanding the structure and function of proteins involved in health and disease and she holds national and international scientific and policy leadership roles. She is a recent ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, a current NHMRC Research Fellow and the recipient of many honours including the ASBMB Roche Medal, the Queensland Smart Women Smart State Research Scientist Award, the Women in Biotech Outstanding Biotechnology Achievement Award and was one of three finalists in the 2015 NAB Women's Agenda Mentor of the Year Leadership Award. Her blog cubistcrystal (34,000 views from >100 countries) which focuses on issues facing women and early career researchers in science has been highlighted in Nature, the Times Higher Education Magazine, a policy report on metrics to the UK Higher Education Funding Councils and was selected for archive in the National Library.
Hosted by ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment (CMBE) Gender Equity Committee.
Contact: Julia Sharwood (Executive Officer, CMBE)
More information about the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Gender Equity Committee is available on the CMBE intranet site (internal ANU access only).


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