Image: (L) Professor Veena Sahajwalla and ARC Executive Director, Dr Fiona Cameron (R) with winners of the UNSW Science 50:50 New Innovators Competition.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

More than 300 high school students attending a Women in Science symposium on International Women’s Day led by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla from The University of New South Wales (UNSW), have been encouraged to pursue careers in STEM to shape a better world. Professor Sahajwalla, leads the Science 50:50 initiative—a programme to encourage girls into science—which is supported by her ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship. The girls attending also heard inspiring stories from leading female scientists and industry representatives at the day-long event. Winners of the UNSW Science 50:50 New Innovators Competition also received awards for their novel ideas, including a solar-powered emergency apparatus and a form of electronic paper. Professor Sahajwalla said the symposium provided girls with an important opportunity to discuss the jobs of the future, see the museum’s laboratories, and talk to scientists to find out why they love their work. “Unleash you imagination. Pursue your passion. You have a whole range of different pathways into the future,” she said.

Media issued by The University of New South Wales.

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Image credit: Australian Research Council.