Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Lecturing Position Opportunity

A lecturing position is available in the University of Melbourne  (The Jacob Haimson and Beverly Mecklenburg Lectureship) and it is female only applicant.  From more info see link here

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MAGIC 2017 - Mentoring and Guidance in Careers Workshop

Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney)
are presenting the inaugural MAGIC 2017 - Mentoring and Guidance in Careers Workshop, a project that seeks to support women and gender diverse identities in Mathematics and Physics. The project particularly targets early career researchers (within 0-7 years of PhD completion).

All the information can be found at the MAGIC 2017 website which states:

"The inaugural MAGIC Workshop will present an opportunity to explore the many facets of forging a career in academic, government or industry settings, and to discuss how to create building blocks for success and resilience in careers."

The number of places is limited upon application and those seeking to be a part of the event should head over to the website to find out more.

Do you qualify? Are you interested? We would love to know if you are!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

2017 Women in Physics Lecturer schedule


Dr Katie Mack – On everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask



We are so excited to finally announce the dates for Katie's' tour around the country in July and August this year.  Katie will be presenting a range of talks, from public lectures to school talks and even breakfasts. Come along to learn everything you wanted to know about dark matter – the strange, invisible material seemingly suffusing the universe with five times the abundance of ordinary matter  and her career as a woman in physics.

Katie is tweeting her progress of the tour with the #WiPtour hastag - check it out to see where she's flying to today!


Women in Physics Lecture Series with Katie Mack comes to: 

Perth – 19 July schools event at Murdoch Uni & public lecture at UWA
Melbourne – 20 July public lecture at Uni Melb / 21 July Girls in Physics breakfast in Hawthorn
Geelong – 21 July school lecture at Kardinia College
Toowoomba – 24 July student lecture & public lecture at the University of Southern Queensland 
Ipswich – 25 July school lecture & public lecture TBC 
Brisbane – 26 July event TBC 
Canberra – 27 July Girls in STEM breakfast & public lecture at ANU / 28 July two school talks TBC 
Newcastle – 31 July two school talks TBC 
Wollongong – 1 August school talk at St Mary’s and university talk & public lecture at UOW 
Sydney – 2 August school talk at Knox Grammar & university talk at UNSW / 3 August public lecture at Macquarie University 
Launceston – 7 August school talk at Don College 
Devonport – 7 August school talk at Launceston College 
Hobart – 8 August school talks at Elizabeth College and The Friend’s School & public lecture at UTas / 9 August school talk TBC 
Adelaide – 10 August school talk at Mt Barker / 11 August talk at Adelaide University TBC 
Bendigo – 14 August public lecture at La Trobe University 
• And Melbourne again – 15 August Girls in Physics breakfast & public lecture at La Trobe University 


 There are a lot of dates and events, so  keep an eye on the  AIP calendar for details of an event near you.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The hunt for the Superstars of STEM to engage more women in science



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The new Superstar in STEM ambassador Lisa Harvey-Smith at the Australian Astronomical Observatory’s 3.9m Anglo-Australia Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. Author provided
Lisa Harvey-Smith, CSIRO
Superstars of STEM is a new program by Science and Technology Australia that aims to smash the stereotypical portrait of people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Conversation
The plan is to identify 30 superstar women currently in STEM, and work with them to create role models for young women and girls, and thus move towards equal representation in the media of men and women in STEM.
As the new ambassador and a mentor for Superstars of STEM, my role is to encourage broad participation, which we hope will elevate the visibility of women STEM professionals in public life.

Encouraging more women in STEM

There are already some programs that support female scientists and technologists in a bid to break down systemic obstacles. These include the Science in Australia Gender Equity program. Others aim to inspire women to study STEM subjects, such as Code like a Girl or to help young women build their techno-confidence, such as SheFlies and Robogals.
Adding to this picture, Superstars of STEM aims to address public perception and is founded on the principle that visibility matters in achieving equality.
Rather than simply attempting to shoehorn women into the public eye, this new program will work with 30 women in STEM to equip them with the skills, confidence and opportunities to become role models. This approach will build on the work being done to address systemic issues facing female scientists and technologists.
A recent European study by Microsoft found that most girls became interested in STEM at around the age of 11, but their interest began to wane at 15. This is an important age, as girls are starting to make decisions that will set the trajectory of their academic life.
The lack of role models in STEM was identified as the key factor that influenced the girls in the study, as well as a lack of practical experience with STEM subjects at school. On Twitter, 92% of the most followed scientists are male. When women scientists are mentioned in the media, they often tend to be described by their appearance rather than their achievements.
The need for more female STEM role models has also been echoed in similar reports and programs in Asia, the UK, Africa and the United States.
In Australia, more than half of all undergraduates and half of PhD students are female. Almost 60% of junior science lecturers are women. But women comprise just 16% of top-level science and technology researchers, professors and professionals.

Role models

As a young kid gazing at the stars, my role models were pioneering astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and eccentric types such as the late, great astronomy broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore.
I thought that was enough for me, until as a 16-year-old I met Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, at Space School UK. At that moment I suddenly realised that every one of my role models in the fields of astronomy and space science had been male.
Meeting this real-life STEM superstar had a transformational influence on me. It even spurred me on to apply for the European Astronaut Program in 2009.
As someone who is passionate about astrophysics and science education I have inadvertently become a role model myself.
But the continued lack of diverse role models in STEM makes me wonder how many missed opportunities and how much unrealised potential continues to be lost. Have our young, modern-day Marie Curies, Ruby Payne-Scotts, Ada Lovelaces and Isobel Bennetts passed up on science as a subject in favour of more conventional choices?

The new superstars

In its first year, Superstars of STEM is placing 30 women in the public eye, by equipping them with advanced communication skills. This will include media training, meetings with decision-makers, and opportunities to showcase their work.
Participants will also be supported to speak with girls directly at local high schools and public events, along with establishing a public profile online.
There are too few transformational and brilliant women in the public eye. Every success in science and technology in Australia is built on the work and contributions of people across the genders. For the sake of our girls,we need to celebrate these outstanding scientists and their work.
I imagine a time when we ask children to draw a scientist and they draw somebody who looks like mathematician Nalini Joshi, molecular biologist Suzanne Cory, or astronomer Karlie Noon.

The measure of the success of Superstars of STEM will be whether young Australian women can turn on the television, read a newspaper or engage with social media and see women experts presenting STEM as an exciting and viable career. I can’t wait to witness the opportunities this change will bring.

This article was co-authored with Kylie Walker, Chief Executive Officer of Science and Technology Australia.
Lisa Harvey-Smith, Group Leader - Australia Telescope National Facility Science, CSIRO
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Capstone Editing Grants & Scholarships

Please see grants and scholarships  announced by Capstone Editing including:

  • Early career academic research grant for women (Open now till 30th of  May 2017)
  • Carer's travel grant for academic women (Open now till 30th of May 2017)
  • Conference travel grant for postgraduate students (Open now till 1st of June 2017)
  • Laptop grant for postgraduate course work students (Open now till 1st of June 2017)
  • Research scholarship for honor students ( will be open on 1st Jan 2018)
  • Textbook grants for undergraduates (Open now )
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Please see the link below for more information.
https://www.capstoneediting.com.au/scholarships

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Universe is yours to explore! Introducing Katie Mack as the 2017 Women in Physics Lecturer


We are honored to introduce Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack as our 2017 Women in Physics Lecturer and we are looking forward to her tour of Australia.  But what are her inspirations and why does she do physics?  She kindly answered a few questions for us:

Q: What or who inspired you to become a physicist?

I’ve had role models over the years, but mostly I wanted to become a physicist because I’ve always wanted to know how things work. And physics is the way to understand how things work at the most fundamental level, and to answer the very biggest questions.

 Q: Who would you say your favorite Physicist is?

That’s a super awkward question! These people are my colleagues and friends! Or do you mean one from history? Emmy Noether was more of a mathematician than a physicist, but she revolutionized theoretical physics anyway.

Q: What do you think has been the most exciting discovery of the last 10 years?

LIGO’s detection of gravitational waves, definitely. I don’t know of any other discovery that has been so important both for confirming an important part of a theory (which is something the Higgs boson discovery also did) but that also opens up an entirely new world of discovery space. With gravitational wave detectors, we can study black holes and the fundamental nature of gravity and space time, and we can observe distant objects in the Universe that we had not other way to see. It’s just an unbelievably exciting tool to have at our disposal.

Q: According to statistics, we don’t have many women in academia.What do you think the reason and challenges are? And have you ever had one of these moments in your career that you wanted to leave academia? Any challenges in early career job? What is your advice?

This is way too big a topic for a short answer, or even a long discussion. There are a lot of pressures and systemic issues that push women out of science, and physics in particular. Some of them relate to bias, discrimination, and workplace culture, some relate to the general pressures and stereotypes that women face in society in general, and some are related to systems in place in academia that create challenges that affect women more than men, on average. There’s no one answer to the question – I think we need to work on all of it. I’m not sure I’ve ever really wanted to leave academia, but I’ve often wondered if I would be able to stay. When you’re a postdoc, if you want to stay in academia and become a faculty member, you can spend many years applying for a small number of faculty jobs and not getting anywhere. Statistically, it’s just a fact that most people who apply will not find a position, and the stage where the bottleneck is worst is the postdoc to faculty transition. That said, a physics degree is fantastically versatile, so even if you don’t stay in academia, your chance of getting into some really rewarding and exciting career is really high. I like being in academia, and I think it suits me, but it’s not going to be the best choice for everyone, and I think that’s fine. I don’t have any advice about academia that can really be generalized to everyone. I think it’s really important to figure out what really matters to you in your career – what you find rewarding and why – and to take that into account when you’re choosing a career path. Being passionate about a kind of basic research that only happens in academia, and enjoying the lifestyle that comes with academia, are good reasons to pursue an academic career, but it’s always a good idea to seriously explore other options too. You never know where your career might take you, or what you might find joy in. Being able to make a career out of what you love doing is an amazing privilege that not everyone is lucky enough to have – just keep an open mind about the possibility that you might love doing more than one thing.

Q: In your research you take on the 'big challenges' in physics - how do you approach such large and difficult questions?

My work relates to really big questions but almost everyone in physics specializes on a small part of a bigger effort. It’s a very collaborative field. I’m happy to be working on something that could play a part in answering some of the really big questions, and to be working with other talented people to reach those goals.

Q: Where do you think the Universe is going?

It’s not really going anywhere – it’s just expanding and evolving.

Q: As a successful woman, what do you think is the most important thing to keep in mind going toward your goals?

I try to keep in mind that being worried about the possibility of not being good enough isn’t really a good reason not to try something challenging. It’s rare for anyone to be a really good judge of their own abilities. Our brains just aren’t really built for that kind of objective assessment of ourselves. Might as well try and see how it goes.

Q: Based on your experiences do you have any advice for aspiring young scientists especially women?

Never worry that something being hard means you’re not cut out for it. There’s not really any such thing as being cut out for it or not. As for the “especially women” part – I guess I’d say it’s important to realize that you’re likely to be underestimated, and it’s sometimes helpful to try to externalize it when that happens. You’re subject to the same kinds of biases everyone else is, so keep an eye out and fight against the urge to underestimate yourself.

Q: What is the best book you recommend young female scientist to read?

I don’t really have any recommendations, because almost everything I read is fiction. I’m thinking about writing a book, though – you should read that one!


Thank you Katie!
Find out more about Katie's work and fantastic science communication on her website  and keep an eye out for when she is speaking in your state on the AIP events calendar.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund - Extension of Funding

The Queensland State Government has announced the continuation of the Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund until 30 June 2017. Grants continue to be available for: 

 § Maternity funding - up to $25,000 (excluding GST) to employ a researcher, or research/laboratory assistant, to assist primary researchers who have approved maternity leave. 

§ Carer funding - up to $1,000 (excluding GST) to cover any relevant out-of-pocket child care or respite care expenses in excess of usual carer arrangements while presenting at a national/international conference or sitting on a professional research committee. 

 § Lecture funding - up to $2,000 (excluding GST) to cover the costs of delivering lectures or presentations highlighting the work of leading Queensland-based female researchers. 

 Applicants interested in applying for any of the above should contact UQR&I at qldgovtschemes@research.uq.edu.au prior to lodging an application. As restrictions apply on the number of Lecture funding applications an organisation can submit, these proposals will be coordinated by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) on UQ's behalf. For more information on this scheme, please see the Advance Queensland webpage, or refer to UQR&I's webpage for information on how to apply, or contact qldgovtschemes@research.uq.edu.au .