Professor Doug Hilton the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) will be giving the second Science Gender Equity Seminar for 2016. The seminar will cover the suite of gender equality initiatives that have been implemented at the WEHI and the challenges and opportunities that have arisen during this process. Doug will also provide insight into the national role he has had in raising awareness for Gender Equity in Science.
Professor Douglas Hilton, AO FAA FTSE FAHMS
Professor Doug Hilton is the 6th Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. He is best known for his discoveries in four distinct areas of molecular haematology: leukaemia inhibitory factor, cytokine receptor family, suppressors of cytokine signalling, and identification of haematopoietic regulators through a large-scale forward mutagenesis screen. As Institute Director, he introduced mentoring programs for staff at WEHI, and formed a Gender Equity Committee to help alleviate problems faced by women scientists who are combining research with family responsibilities. His generosity and enthusiasm in mentoring was awarded the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and a key reason he was invited to become a Victorian Male Champion of Change. Doug was also awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016.