Women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, but just 17% of senior Australian academics within the sciences. The loss of so many women scientists is a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment. In November 2014 the Academy hosted the SAGE forum, which brought together stakeholders from universities, funding bodies, medical research institutes and government agencies. The unanimous consensus was that concerted action is required across the sector.
In response to this, the Australian Academy of Science has recruited a SAGE project manager to run a two-year pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter, a process used in UK institutions to tackle gender equity issues. The Australian pilot will be launched in August 2015 and involve 16–20 Australian universities, medical research institutes and government science organisations. However we need your support.
Currently we have raised $150,000 through Fellows’ sponsorship and are aiming to raise a further $150,000 prior to the August launch of the pilot.
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