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Ideas, Progress & the Future

Celebrating UC's women of Sci-Tech

One day, we won’t need to have conversations about gender equity or diversity, in workplaces, industries ... the world.

But that day isn’t here yet.

According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) data, less than 30 per cent of researchers in the world are women. The work to increase awareness, access and participation at all levels is ongoing – and makes initiatives like today’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, both crucial and contemporary.

At the University of Canberra, a strong push for gender equity at all levels underlies the foundation of who we are and what we do. Last year, UC was awarded the internationally recognised Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE).

Rather than an award in the traditional sense, it is the acknowledgement of reflection, capacity and a demonstrated commitment to take action to eliminate gender inequity.

It is the beginning of a long road, walked by dedicated champions of equity and diversity – such as the many amazing women at UC’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

Watch the videos below to hear more about their inspiring journeys, challenges faced and overcome, and advice and hopes for the future.

Professor Janine Deakin, Executive Dean

Professor Janine Deakin is the Executive Dean of the Faculty and Science and Technology. She is also a Professor in Genomics and her research focuses on Australian mammals – in particular, Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease –  as well as projects on chromosomal speciation in rock wallabies and sex determination in the central bearded dragon.

Zeena Alsamarra'I, PhD Student & Teaching Fellow

A PhD Student and Teaching Fellow with the Faculty of Science and Technology, Zeena’s research is in the business/management side of information technology and systems.

Eloise Robertson, Undergraduate Student

Eloise is studying a Bachelor of Information Technology, specialising in Cybersecurity. She is also the President of the UC Supporting Women in STEM student society.

Click on this link to see more Women in Sci-Tech videos.

Words by Suzanne Lazaroo, videos by Libby Roberts.

Students in Focus

Making lives better through the Law

Brodie Hart is one of Australia's top paralegals – and the University of Canberra student loves the difference she can make at the Women’s Legal Centre in the ACT.

Community Connections

Capturing the spirit of those who step up

Published by the ACT Volunteer Brigades Association, Ablaze preserves the experiences of the volunteer fire fighters who served in the Black Summer of 2019-2020. University of Canberra community members and brigade volunteers Allison Ballard, Martin Greenwood and Katie Tabke share stories of an unforgettable fire season, the monumental human force that stood against it – and people who keep showing up for each other.

Community Connections

The suffocating blanket of heteronormativity

BroadAgenda intern Jesse Blakers writes about how heteronormativity can impact every facet of life when you’re queer.

Students in Focus

Recipe for Success

Swapping kitchen time for lab work, three UC postgraduate students are drawing on their culinary backgrounds as they pursue their passion for nutrition