Did you know that all around Australia, there are remarkable women in science investigating dark matter, studying volcanoes, discovering new species of spiders, building better solar panels or making plants more efficient at feeding the world? Come and meet them at the CSIRO Discovery this August!
This exhibition will provide the general public with role models, to draw their attention to what it means to be a woman in science. It will also give positive examples to the next generation of female researchers, making them realise that they can succeed in science, that ‘girls are just as good at science as boys’. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia.‘The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science’ shares the amazing stories of 40 highly successful female scientists who have followed their passions, despite the hurdles they faced along the way.
An interactive display will be available during ‘Science in ACTion’ at the Old Kingston Bus Depot, allowing the public to test their knowledge and discover how little they really know about female scientists and their discoveries. A couple of the interviewees will be on site, as well as early career scientists and PhD students, to answer questions from the public.
A discussion panel will be held in the lecture theate at CSIRO Discovery on 19 August, to give the public an opportunity to meet and engage with some of the scientists featured in the exhibition. This forum will be chaired by Prof. Brian Schmidt and the Hon. Karen Andrews MP.
An e-book will also be generated with interviews of all 40 scientists. It will be sent to high schools and universities to help engage young female students who are interested in science by showing them that they can do whatever they set their minds to.