Giant Dwarf Theatre

GenWomen: Scientists Smash the Glass Ceiling

Talk Adults
Book Now

Six women. Six generations of science.

Join us as we celebrate leading women scientists who will share their personal stories on being a successful woman in a male-dominated field. Hear the different perspectives of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s as they share their experiences and challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions about what being a scientist means.

Women are often squeezed out of scientific careers by structural barriers and assumptions, leading to a loss of expertise, knowledge and talent. This evening aims to showcase how this is changing over time. However, with all the breakthroughs in modern science, why arenât we celebrating the contribution of women to science? Why must women be forced to be either a female, or a scientist?

It’s time for women to don their space suits and rocket through the glass ceiling!

Team 20s: Kirsten Banks, a Wiradjuri woman, a physicist, an Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory, a passionate science communicator and an avid Twitter user.

Team 30s: Dr Nural Cokcetin, a microbiologist who studies honey, awarded best science communicator in Famelab Australia 2017, and self-confessed pun-lover

Team 40s: Associate Professor Adriana Verges, a marine ecologist who studies the impact of climate change on underwater forests, and spends most of her time SCUBA diving.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Arti Agrawal, a physicist and Director of the Women in Engineering and IT programme at UTS. She is passionate about promoting diversity in STEMM, particularly surrounding race and sexuality.

Team 50s: Professor Jane Latimer, a medical researcher and STEMM advisor, working with the federal government and the Academies of Science to develop strategies to increase the representation of female research leaders in STEMM.

Team 60s: Elizabeth Elliot, an academic paediatrician and champion for gender equity in medicine and medical research. She is an advocate for STEMM, focusing on improving the health and wellbeing for disadvantaged children; Aboriginal children in remote communities, and those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Elizabeth supports the education and wellbeing of children in low-middle income settings and immigration detention.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza at Generation Women.

Event production: Liv Gorman, Suvi Derkenne at Generation Women and Dr. Amy Bottomley at UTS.