THE LEADERSHIP - Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Presenter/s: ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU Gender Institute, Global Institute for Women in Leadership

Event type: Film screening

Event date: Monday, 15 August 2022 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Event venue: Palace Electric Cinemas, 2 Phillip Law Street Canberra, ACT 2601

Further information: Registration


Further information: Trailer


Set against the planet’s last untouched wilderness, THE LEADERSHIP unearths troubling systemic obstacles to women’s advancement in science.


The world is crying out for a new model of leadership, but what is it? THE LEADERSHIP is an award-winning documentary that follows an international group of 76 female scientists on an Antarctic voyage designed to transform them “into the sort of leaders they want to be.”

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU Gender Institute, and the Global Institute for Women in Leadership are proud to co-host a free National Science Week screening of THE LEADERSHIP, followed by a panel discussion of experts who will offer their own insights on leadership in science.

With closing remarks from ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, this will be an evening of meaningful reflection on the leadership needed to meet global challenges in 2022 and beyond.

Please arrive from 5:30pm for the screening, which will start at 6pm. The panel discussion will commence after the screening, from 7:45pm.



Chair: Professor Fiona Jenkins leads the ANU Gender Institute and is Professor of Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences. Her research on gender inequality has included leading the ARC funded project ‘Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences’. Her most recent book is the co-edited collection Inequalities and the Paradigm of Excellence in Academia (Routledge, 2022).

Professor Meredith Nash is Associate Dean – Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity (DBIE) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the Australian National University (ANU). She was formerly Senior Advisor – Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at the Australian Antarctic Division and a cultural sociologist at the University of Tasmania. Meredith is an internationally recognised expert in intersectional leadership, lived experiences of historically excluded groups (e.g. women, people of colour, LGBTQIA+ folks) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM), and building inclusive workplaces. Meredith is also an ICF accredited executive coach.

Professor Yun Yiu ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship Head, Functional Materials Research group, Research School of Chemistry, ANU College of Science

Dr Elise Stephenson Multi-award-winning researcher, strategist and entrepreneur and Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Women's Leadership, Australian National University, Dr Stephenson has travelled by road over 75,000kms over the last five years working across rural and remote Australia, plus all across the Asia Pacific, to be at the forefront of projects on gender, sexuality and leadership. As a political scientist and international relations scholar, she focuses on research in frontier international affairs, from researching space policy, to politics and government, diplomacy, national security, intelligence, and the Asia Pacific. In addition to her research, she is the curator of multiple women's and youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs across Southeast Asia, including the Australia-ASEAN Council's flagship program, the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program. Elise was recently awarded the 2022 Fulbright Scholarship funded by Monash University for her research on diversity in space, and her book The Face of the Nation: Women in International Affairs will be published with Oxford University Press later this year.


Please note that to keep our community safe, masks will be required to attend this in-person event. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.



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