Women in STEM Professional Development Long Lunch

Women in STEM Professional Development Long Lunch

Date & time: 11am–1pm 8 April 2019, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Kambri
Cost: $10 per person

We invite you to join us for a lunch of personal and professional development as we tackle the importance of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. We have gathered a panel of alumnae to talk to you about their experiences in in male-dominated fields, transitioning into leadership and management roles with ease and confidence, what the future holds, and why diversity in STEM is important. Jenny Wilkinson, current Parliamentary Budget Officer, will be providing the keynote address.

This event is a chance for you to ask questions, gain insights, share experiences, build professional networks, and explore trends in STEM. Anyone from any disciplines are welcome but registrations are essential as spaces are limited.

Keynote Speaker

Jenny Wilkinson

BEc (Hons) ‘89
Parliamentary Budget Officer

Jenny Wilkinson is the head of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). The PBO is responsible for providing independent and non-partisan budget and fiscal analysis services to all parliamentarians, including providing confidential costings of proposed policies on request.  The PBO’s mandate also includes undertaking and publishing research reports that are aimed at improving the public’s understanding of budget issues and enhancing transparency around fiscal matters.   

Over her career, Ms Wilkinson has worked across a wide range of public policy areas in the Commonwealth Treasury, the Department of Climate Change, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Panel Members 

Casey Edwards 


BMedSc ‘14
Perfusionist, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Casey Edwards is an internationally award winning Cardiac Perfusionist working at The Heart Centre for Children, Westmead. Her specialised field of Paediatric Cardiac Perfusion is practiced by a select group of less than 20 people nationwide.

She is involved in researching, designing and operating life support systems for critically ill children in both planned heart surgeries and emergencies. She is the youngest board member ever elected to the Australian Board of Cardiac Perfusion (ABCP). She is also the youngest ever coordinator of the ABCP Autotransfusion Course and a mentor to several junior perfusionists in training.


Lauren Du Fall


PhD ’14, BSc (Hons) ‘09
Business Development and Commercialisation Manager, Agriculture

Lauren Du Fall is a manager in the Agricultural industry passionate about translating research into tangible outcomes. Lauren completed her PhD in 2013 in the field of plant pathogen interactions, studying a disease of wheat and identifying compounds that could be used to develop novel fungicides or targets to prevent yield losses caused by the disease.

Lauren transitioned from plant science research into management following her PhD and has held roles in research management and in business development and commercialisation. In these roles Lauren interacted with public and commercial entities to devise strategies and implement targeted research and development to generate greatest impact for Australian growers.


PhD '98, BSc (Hons) '94
Academic Writing Coach, MD Writing and Editing

Malini Devadas

Malini Devadas is an experienced Academic Writing Coach. She completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD in neuroscience at The ANU before moving to Japan to work in medical research for four years. Upon moving back to Australia, she started training as a professional editor, working mainly on government scientific publications and eventually launched her own company, MD Writing and Editing, to help scientists and medical professionals improve their academic writing skills.

Malini is currently studying again, this time to become a professional coach. Having worked with academics for so many years, she understands that there can be many reasons why people don’t make progress on their writing tasks. She is interested in exploring those reasons and helping people overcome various obstacles that appear during an academic career.


Kate Eisenberg


MBBS ‘13
Rural Proceduralist Registrar in General Practice and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NSW Health

Kate Eisenberg is a Rural Proceduralist Registrar in General Practice and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at NSW Health. She was always passionate about helping people and had always dreamed about being a doctor. Kate completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) degrees at the University of Queensland prior to pursuing and completing her MBBS at The ANU.

Kate has won multiple awards and accolades throughout her career. She was named the ACT Young Woman of the Year and was a finalist for the ACT Young Australian of the Year for her numerous contributions to the community, including helping women and children in her roles as a support worker and doctor, and championing the importance of gender awareness and in science and medicine.

MC and moderator

Sian Keys

MBBS ‘13
Master of Sc Comm Outreach ‘13, BSc(Hons) ‘12
Communications, Australian Space Agency