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  • 1. WiSEsummit  Women in Science & Engineering Summit Organised  under  the  auspices  of   Organised  by  FASTS,  now  Science  &  Technology  Australia  
  • 2. Lead  supporters WiSEsummit  
  • 3. Supporters   WiSEsummit  
  • 4. Women  in  Science  and  Engineering  –   THE  ISSUE  •  despite  our  best  efforts  we  are  s=ll  not   achieving  gender  equity  •  some  of  our  brightest  scien=sts  are  leaving   science  mid-­‐career  •  too  few  young  women  are  considering   engineering  and  the  physical  sciences  as   poten=al  career  paths.     WiSEsummit  
  • 5. Women  in  Science  and  Engineering  –   THE  GOAL   Australia  will  gain  both  economically  and   socially  if  it  can  capture  its  investment  in   training  smart  young  women  in  science  and  engineering  and  nurture  them  into  careers  as   senior  research  and  technology  leaders   WiSEsummit  
  • 6. The  WiSE  Summit  aimed  to:  •  highlight  the  barriers  facing  women  in  science   and  engineering  careers  •  encourage  science  and  engineering  leaders  to   take  prac=cal  steps  to  retain  young  women   scien=sts  and  engineers  •  explore  other  opportuni=es  to  improve   gender  equality  in  science  and  engineering.  •  WiSE  Summit  was  held  on  11  April  2011  in   Canberra   WiSEsummit  
  • 7. WiSE  Summit  was  a?ended  by:  •  the  Minister  for  Employment  Par=cipa=on   and  Minister  for  Child  Care,  the  Hon  Kate  Ellis   MP  •  more  than  150  senior  managers  from   corpora=ons,  government,  research   ins=tu=ons,  research  funders,  universi=es,   and  non-­‐governmental  organisa=ons    •  high-­‐achieving  young  women  in  science  and   engineering   WiSE   summit
  • 8. Dr  Cathy  Foley,  President  of  Science  &  Technology  Australia,  presented  results   from  a  recent  report:   WiSEsummit     WiSE summit Women in Science & Engineering Summit
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  • 14. Major  commitments  were  made  in   the  three  roundtables:  1.  Improving  the  workplace  –  gender  equity  in   ac=on    2.  ASrac=ng  school  and  university  students  to   the  physical  sciences,  engineering  and   maths    3.  Changing  the  system–leaders  of  science  and   engineering  agencies  in  discussion  with  the   Hon  Kate  Ellis  MP   WiSEsummit  
  • 15. ACTION  COMMITTED:   Research  funding  commitments  for  grant   applicants  with  interrupted  careers:  •  the  NaNonal  Health  and  Medical  Research   Council  (NHMRC)  will  consider  any  nominated   five  years  rather  than  the  immediate  previous   five  years  •  the  Australian  Research  Council  (ARC)  will   extend  the  normal  period  taken  into  account   when  assessing  research  publica=on  records.   WiSEsummit  
  • 16. Other  NHMRC  and  ARC   commitments:  •  NHMRC  will  undertake  long  term  monitoring   and  address  gender  issues  with  research   ins=tutes  •  The  ARC  will:   – consider  the  inclusion  of  outreach  ac=vi=es  in   assessment  for  grants   – share  examples  of  the  benefits  of  increasing  the   par=cipa=on  of  women  in  research.   WiSEsummit  
  • 17. CSIRO  commi?ed  to:  •  remove  barriers  to  the  promo=on  of  highly   skilled  women,  and  boost  incen=ves  to   encourage  women  to  return  to  the  workforce   aVer  maternity  leave,  by   –  increasing  the  number  of  Payne-­‐ScoS  awards   –  removing  cultural  barriers,  and  building  greater   trust  and  respect  for  women  within  the   organisa=on   –  repor=ng  publicly  on  gender  par=cipa=on.   WiSEsummit  
  • 18. The  Australian  Technology  Network   of  UniversiNes  commi?ed  to:  •  review  performance  targets  and  =me  frames   for  the  number  of  female  academics   employed  at  all  levels  in  science,  technology,   and  engineering  (STE),  so  as  to   –  meet  or  exceed  the  propor=on  of  women   employed  across  STE  industries  na=onally.   WiSEsummit  
  • 19. The  Bureau  of  Meteorology   commi?ed  to:  •  improve  childcare  and  parent  resources  •  use  its  website—the  highest  visited   government  website—to  raise  awareness  of   gender  issues.   WiSEsummit  
  • 20. Science  &  Technology  Australia   commi?ed  to:  •  work  with  scien=fic  socie=es  to  conduct  audits  of   prac=ces  with  a  view  to  increasing  the   par=cipa=on  of  women  through  best  prac=ce  •  gather  examples  of  exis=ng  prac=ces,  programs   and  policies  which  have  been  successful  in   increasing  the  par=cipa=on  of  women  •  develop  a  toolkit  to  guide  the  science  and   technology  sector.   WiSEsummit  
  • 21. Other  major  commitments:  •  IBM,  a  significant  employer  of  scien=sts  and   technologists,  will  support  CSIRO’s  Science  in   Schools  program  •  Australian  InsNtute  of  Marine  Sciences   commiSed  to  collec=ng  and  publishing  data   on  issues  rela=ng  to  childcare  in  rural  and   regional  Australia.   WiSEsummit  
  • 22. All  research  leaders  commi?ed  to:  •  support  the  adop=on  the  UN  Women’s   Empowerment  Principles  in  their  home   organisa=ons.    All  parNcipants  commi?ed  to:  •  meet  again  to  review  progress   WiSEsummit  
  • 23. The  WiSE  tool  kit  will  include:  •  a  best-­‐prac=ce  guide  for  managers  •  a  prac=cal  career  guide  for  female  scien=sts   and  engineers  •  a  guide  to  resources  for  encouraging  school   and  ter=ary  students  to  stay  in  science  and   engineering.   WiSEsummit  
  • 24. Further  informaNon   www.wise-­‐summit.org     Anna-­‐Maria  Arabia   www.sta.org.au       WiSEsummit  

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