Academy Fellow’s visit to Latin America strengthens ties

June 26, 2019
Left: Professor Jenny Graves (right) visits the Chilean Academy of Sciences, with the President of the Academy, Cecilia Hidalgo (middle). Right: Professor Graves presents at a panel on Women in Science at the Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Australian Ambassador to Chile, Rob Fergusson, Vice Minister for Science, Carolina Torrealba, and Professor Graves.
Australian Ambassador David Engel, Science Minister of Mexico, Elena Alvarez-Buylla, and Professor Graves.

Academy Fellow Professor Jenny Graves travelled to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in May, with the support of the Academy and a grant from the Australian Government Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR).

During the trip, Professor Graves delivered a series of lectures on her uniquely Australian genomic research, highlighted Australia as a place to conduct high-level research, raised awareness of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and the Women in STEM Decadal Plan, and discussed the Academy’s science education programs and the importance of supporting early-career researchers.

Her speaking engagements includined plenary speaker at the annual meeting of the Colombian Academy of Sciences in Bogotá, and participation on a Women in Science panel at the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, jointly hosted by the Australian Embassy and Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

She also met with the Vice Minister for Science, Carolina Torrealba, in Santiago, Chile, who has since decided to set up a working group on women in STEM in Chile. In Mexico City, Mexico, she met with the new Minister for Science, Dr Elena Alvarez-Buylla.

The Academy acknowledges the support of the Australian Embassies in Latin America for making this visit a success.

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