STEM database highlights women’s role

The brilliance of Australia’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians will be highlighted by a new directory called STEM that showcases their skill and the depth of talent available in this country.

Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey Smith, speaking at the launch of the STEM Women database.

Spotlighting the talent of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics will open the way for them to be more easily identified (STEM) to be more easily identified to act as mentors, career guides and public speakers.

STEM Women is an online directory of women in Australia working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Australian Academy of Science developed the directory in partnership with the CSIRO, Science & Technology Australia, and the Australian Science Media Centre, with financial support from the Australian Government.

Academy President, Professor John Shine said seeing and hearing from women in STEM is a priority.

“When women from diverse STEM careers speak in the media, at public events, and in boardrooms and classrooms, they can inspire girls and women to follow in their footsteps,” Professor Shine said.

“I’d like to see more women in STEM being part of the public discourse. It’s good for gender equity, science communication and it’s good for the next generation of would-be scientists coming up through the ranks.

“And if you’re in the media looking to interview a woman in STEM or you are organising a conference or event, I urge you to use this resource.” 

STEM Women links a diverse range of women with opportunities to progress their careers and personal capabilities such as speaking at conferences, being part of committees and boards, being nominated for awards and being interviewed in the media.

Users of the database can search for women in STEM based on their expertise, location and other search fields. Users can create their own shortlist and then message experts directly.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews urged Australian women in STEM to take part.

“To all the talented Australian women in STEM out there, I say hop online and sign up to STEM Women,” Minister Andrews said.

“You would be a visible STEM role model and a positive force for inspiring more women and girls into STEM.”

Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith said the great scientific and technological transformation Australia is currently experiencing belongs to STEM professionals of all genders and backgrounds. “Let’s tell those stories in full, without prejudice—to inspire all Australians,” Professor Harvey-Smith said.

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